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Girls' high school basketball preview: Top 25 teams

Butler's Danielle Lawerence (14) drives downcourt past Lafayette's Dee Givens (3) during their quarterfinal game in the KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16 at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky., Friday March, 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Daily News, Alex Slitz)
Butler's Danielle Lawerence (14) drives downcourt past Lafayette's Dee Givens (3) during their quarterfinal game in the KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16 at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky., Friday March, 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Daily News, Alex Slitz) AP

(Based on survey of coaches; first-place votes in parentheses)

School Last year's record Mark Maloney's comment

1. Elizabethtown (52) 32-5 The Panthers return all five starters from their state runner-up team.

2. Butler (13) 32-3 The defending state champs return nine of their top 10 players.

3. Lafayette 28-4 The Generals return three starters from an Elite Eight team.

4. Ashland Blazer (1) 26-9 The three-time defending region champs are led by Alexis Robinson.

5. Manual 18-12 The Crimsons have lots of talent, and Aricka Prentice is back from injury.

6. Henderson County 24-6 The two-time defending region champs return their entire group.

7. (tie) Franklin County 25-7 The Flyers are experienced, athletic and well balanced.

7. (tie) Mercy 17-14 All five starters return from this region runner-up team.

9. Allen Co.-Scottsville 27-4 The Patriots are long, athletic and play well together.

10. Clark County 27-8 The defending region champs have size, experience and toughness.

11. Sacred Heart 27-8

12. Bullitt East 22-9

13. Mercer County 28-6

14. Bell County 25-5

15. Male 21-10

16. Anderson County 28-5

17. East Carter 31-3

18. Marshall County 31-6

19. (tie) Ballard 24-5

19. (tie) Cov. Holy Cross 21-8

21. Glasgow 29-7

22. Murray 28-6

23. Assumption 7-19

24. Simon Kenton 29-4

25. (tie) Henry Clay 17-12

25. (tie) Notre Dame 22-9

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