(Cover photo: Male defeated Mercy 60-42 in the Louisville Invitational Tournament semifinals. January 30, 2016)
By Ashli McLean
Elizabethtown High girls’ basketball is back in the top spot in this week’s Kentucky Associated Press poll. Louisville’s Male and Butler rank in at No. 2 and 3, respectively. Mercy creeps in this week at No. 9 and DuPont Manual rounds out the top 10.
With an overall record of 21-2, the Male Bulldogs have only seen both losses to Butler. Male will square off at Eastern tonight at 6 p.m., as well and host No. 9 Mercy on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The Butler Bearettes (19-5) defeated No. 10 Manual 51-25 this past weekend. Next up, they’ll travel to Sacred Heart on Feb. 10 for a 7:30 p.m. game and host Moore on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
Mercy (17-9) has made a statement in the past few weeks with wins over Butler (73-71, Jan. 15) and Elizabethtown (65-53, Jan. 29). Mercy will finish the week at Male on Feb. 12.
Manual (14-6) will host Atherton tonight at 7:30 p.m. and play at Seneca on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
Interesting to note: Eastern is still not back in the top 10 despite holding a 15-5 record and defeating No. 3 Butler at Butler (63-60) on Feb. 3.
Here’s the AP poll with first-place votes, records, total points and previous rankings…
|Rank-School||First Place Votes||Record||Total Points||Previous Ranking|
|5. Bowling Green||–||22-3||81||5|
|6. Mercer County||–||21-4||80||6|
|7. Franklin County||–||20-3||67||7|
|8. Mason County||–||20-3||38||9|