Henry Clay climbed to No. 2 in the latest boys' AP poll, while Marion County maintained its strangle-hold on the top spot in the girls' rankings.
Ballard remained on top of the boys' rankings, but finds a surging Blue Devils squad nipping at its heels. Henry Clay earned wins over Sayre and a tough Dunbar squad last week and vaulted to No. 2 from the fourth spot. With a 45-42 loss to St. Xavier on Jan. 11, former No. 2 Trinity dropped all the way to fifth, and the Devils jumped over Bullitt East, despite a convincing Charger win over South Oldham.
Scott County took a tumble after falling 69-62 to Bryan Station last week. The Cardinals fell out of the top five, dropping to eighth.
At 11-5, the Defenders haven't garnered any attention in the polls, but Bryan Station plays a tough defensive game. The Defenders allow just 55 points per contest.
Madison Central climbed two spots and into the top five and No. 4. The Indians easily handled Covington Holy Cross last week, earning a 72-53 victory. A win over Bullitt East last December elevates Central's stock.
West Jessamine showed up on the voter's radar for the first time this week. The Colts' record stands at 12-5. West will face Madison Central Tuesday night.
At 14-3, Pulaski County continues to lurk just outside of the top 10. The Maroons have won nine straight since falling to a Tennessee squad. Their only other two losses were to Bryan Station in the season opener and Scott County back in early December. But Pulaski County needs a signature win to make it into the poll.
Anderson County continues to chase undefeated Marion County in the girls' poll. The Lady Bearcats earned wins over Spencer County and Mercer County last week to improve to 17-1 and remained locked in at No. 2. That lone loss came at the hands of Bryan Station early in the season. But until Marion County stumbles, the Bearcats will likely remain behind the highly touted Lady Knights.
Madison Central nudged Mercy out of the No. 3 spot. The Lady Indians knocked off Scott County 70-53 last week, while Mercy dropped a pair of games, one to a Missouri team and the other to Assumption. Madison Central's only two losses this season came against No. Marion County.
Clay County dropped two spots to No. 10. The Lady Tigers sandwiched a pair of wins over Rockcastle County and Lincoln Count with losses to Harlan County and a one-point heartbreaker to Corbin.
Lincoln County sits just outside of the top 10. The Lady Patriots won eight straight, but fell to Clay County 66-63 in double overtime on Jan. 12. Lincoln County has a record of 14-4, with losses to No. 2 Anderson County, Elizabethtown and Lexington Catholic.
Here are the complete boys' and girls' polls.
1. Ballard - 12-3
2. Henry Clay - 15-2
3. Bullitt East - 14-3
4. Madison Central - 13-3
5. Trinity - 11-4
6. Pleasure Ridge Park - 15-4
7. Holmes - 18-0
8. Scott Co. - 11-5
9. Hopkinsville - 13-4
10. Fairdale - 11-4
Others receiving votes: St. Xavier, John Hardin, Pulaski Co., Butler, West Jessamine, Henderson Co., Montgomery Co., Paul Dunbar, Central, Perry Co. Central, Covington Catholic, Fleming Co.
1. Marion Co. - 18-0
2. Anderson Co. - 17-1
3. Madison Central - 14-2
4. Mercy - 10-5
5. Henderson Co. - 12-1
6. Bowling Green - 16-3
7. Ballard - 16-2
8. Sacred Heart - 15-2
9. Elizabethtown - 13-4
10. Clay Co. - 13-3
Others receiving votes: Monroe Co., Lincoln Co., DuPont Manual, Ashland Blazer, Harlan County, Webster Co., Whitley Co., Montgomery Co., North Hardin, Allen County - Scottsville, Shelby Valley, Butler