High School Basketball

Top girls' basketball teams, players: Elizabethtown pegged as team to beat

By Josh Moore and Josh Sullivan

jmoore@herald-leader.com

Franklin County's Emily Jordan (23) runs onto the court to celebrate with her teammates after beating Henry Clay 58-56 in the 11th Region final, Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015, at McBrayer Arena in Richmond.
Franklin County's Emily Jordan (23) runs onto the court to celebrate with her teammates after beating Henry Clay 58-56 in the 11th Region final, Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015, at McBrayer Arena in Richmond. Tim Webb

(Rankings as selected by the coaches)

TOP 10 TEAMS

(Last year’s record in parentheses)

1. Elizabethtown (32-3)

— Lost by one point to eventual champion Covington Holy Cross in state quarterfinals. Won Sweet Sixteen in 1998.

2. Male (26-5) — Reached Sweet Sixteen for fourth time last season (first time since 1996). Also ousted by Holy Cross in March.

3. Butler (23-6) — Tied with Lexington Catholic and Sacred Heart for second-most titles in history.

4. Franklin County (26-7) — Top five scorers all return for Flyers, who were bounced early in last year’s tournament.

5. Mercer County (29-4) — Seygan Robins led Titans to second Sweet Sixteen in history last season as a freshman.

6. Manual (23-7) — Crimsons and Male will vie for 7th Region honors.

7. Bullitt East (22-9) — Title aspirations took a blow when Lindsey Duvall announced she’ll miss season.

8. Murray (27-4) — Junior Maddie Waldrop averaged 16.3 points to lead Tigers. Third- and fourth-leading scorers return as sophomores.

9. Bowling Green (26-8) — Purples sport good blend of youth and experience, led by last year’s leading scorer Oneisha Turner.

10. Eastern (19-7) — Eagles have never reached the Sweet Sixteen; the cost of being in a region with foes like Male and Manual.

TOP 10 PLAYERS

(Year, height, last year’s PPG in parentheses)

1. Erin Boley (Sr., 6-2, 20.1) — Notre Dame commitment tries to lead Elizabethtown to third straight Sweet Sixteen.

2. I’liyah Green (Sr., 6-1, 10.6) — Male product, daughter of former U of L football player Ibn Green, signed with Cincinnati.

3. Lindsey Duvall (Jr., 5-10, Jr.) — Bullitt East star will miss this season after surgery to remove benign tumor on her knee.

4. Krys McCune (Sr., 6-3, 9.5) — Manual star nearly averaged a double-double with 8.6 rebounds. West Virginia signee.

5. Mykassa Robinson (So., 5-7, 10.7) — Ashland Blazer standout could lead Kittens to record-tying fifth 16th Region title.

6. Bree Glover (Sr., 5-11, 19.2) — Will try to get Glasgow back to Sweet Sixteen before heading to Mississippi.

7. Whitney Creech (Sr., 5-9, 42.0) — WKU signee from Jenkins needs 88 points to become fourth Kentuckian to score at least 4,000 points at varsity level. Could be first to hit 5,000.

8. Jaelynn Penn (Jr., 5-10, 10.3) — Agile wing aims to get Butler back in Sweet Sixteen after three-year absence.

9. Seygan Robins (So., 5-7, 14.2) — UK has already offered Mercer County standout who will eclipse 1,000 points early.

10. Malaka Frank (Sr., 5-10, 10.1) — Franklin County went 35 seasons between Sweet Sixteen appearances. WKU pledge could lead them to first back-to-back bids.

SWEET SIXTEEN PICKS

1st: Murray

2nd: Madisonville

3rd: Muhlenberg County

4th: Bowling Green

5th: Elizabethtown

6th: Butler

7th: Male

8th: Simon Kenton

9th: Holmes

10th: Mason County

11th: Franklin County

12th: Mercer County

13th: Harlan

14th: Breathitt County

15th: Johnson Central

16th: East Carter

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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