Makayla Epps and Dominique Hawkins had similar goals: closing their careers with state championships.
Epps led Marion County to the title while Hawkins was a force for Madison Central. Along the way, the players also accomplished some personal goals before they begin their college careers at the University of Kentucky.
Epps was named the girls' player of the year and Hawkins the boys' player of the year in voting by members of The Associated Press.
Covington schools swept the coaches' awards: Holmes' Jason Booher (boys) and Notre Dame's Nicole Levandusky (girls) were chosen. Notre Dame reached the girls' Sweet Sixteen finals before falling to Marion County; Holmes lost in the boys' Sweet Sixteen quarterfinals to Madison Central.
"I just set team goals as my main focus, and all the individual goals just added to it," said Epps, a 5-foot-10 point guard who averaged 23 points, six rebounds and six assists per game en route to earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Sweet Sixteen.
For Hawkins, winning the boys' Sweet Sixteen championship and being named MVP were more than he ever imagined.
"We just wanted to win the regional title at the beginning of the year and took nothing for granted," the 6-foot-1 guard said. "I've been the go-to guy since my junior year, but this year was harder because of the schedule we played. I learned a lot this year, especially in being a leader of my team."
Hawkins averaged 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season for Madison Central (35-2).
AP All-State teams
Player of the Year: Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central, 6-1, F
Coach of the Year: Jason Booher, Holmes
Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central, 6-1, F
Omar Prewitt, Montgomery Co., 6-5, G
Derek Willis, Bullitt East, 6-9, PF
Darryl Hicks, Lou. Trinity, 6-3, G
Quentin Snider, Manual, 6-1, G
Rusty Troutman, Bullitt East, 6-5, G
Shane Hall, Johnson Central, 6-8, F
Camron Justice, Knott Co. Central, 6-1, G
James Bolden, Holmes, 5-11, G
Jordan Majors, Hopkinsville, 6-3, G
Jaqualis Matlock, Hopkinsville, 6-5, F
Kelan Martin, Ballard; Demetrius McReynolds, Butler; Brandon Price, John Hardin; Devon Mills, Barbourville; Daveon Greene, John Hardin; Kelton Ford, LaRue Co.; Tyler Roberston, Russell Co.; LaMontray Harris, Pleasure Ridge Park; Deonquez Nance, Trigg Co.; Ray Kasongo, Pikeville; Chip McDaniel, Clay Co.; Ethan Rowe, Pikeville.
Player of the Year: Makayla Epps, Marion Co., 5-10, PG
Coach of the Year: Nicole Levandusky, Notre Dame
Makayla Epps, Marion Co., 5-10, PG
Becca Greenwell, Owensboro Catholic, 6-1, G
Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Marion Co., 6-1, F
China Dow, Louisville Christian, 5-10, G
Larryn Brooks, Madison Central, 5-5, PG
Ashton Feldhaus, Madison Central, 6-2, F
Emily Fox, Lincoln Co., 5-7, SG
Whitney Creech, Jenkins, 5-8, G
Ivy Brown, LaRue Co., 6-0, F
Kayla Styles, Manual, 6-1, F
Tearra Banks, Ballard, 6-4, C
Destony Curry, Manual; Eriel McKee, Anderson Co.; Chelsey Shumpert, Paducah Tilghman; Janssen Starks, Murray; Chanel Roberts, North Hardin; Kasey Young, Danville; Olivia Voskuhl, Notre Dame; Makenzie Cann, Anderson Co.; Chelsey Shumpert, Paducah Tilghman; Janssen Starks, Murray; Madison Rich, Edmonson Co.; Olivia Voskuhl, Notre Dame; Nicole Kiernan, Newport Central Catholic; Whitney Hartlage, Mercy; Maci Morris, Bell Co.; Brandi Smith, Whitley Co.; Taylor Arthur, South Laurel; Denayia Holmes, University Heights; Ariel Johnson, Todd Co. Central; Beth Rates, Hancock Co.; Kasey Young, Danville; Cassidy Martin, Mercer Co.; Chanel Roberts, North Hardin; Erin Boley, Elizabethtown; Morgan Rich, Allen Co.-Scottsville; Aareon Smith, Butler.