Friday, January 6, 2023

Latest KHSAA MaxPreps Ratings for Boys' Basketball

Here is the current top 20 in KHSAA Boys' Basketball, according to MaxPreps:

1.  Warren Central:  12-1
2.  Cov. Catholic:  11-1
3.  Lex. Catholic:  14-1
4.  Great Crossing:  13-3
5.  McCracken Co:  13-0
6.  Collins:  12-1
7.  Harlan:  12-2
8.  N. Oldham:  12-5
9.  Lou. Western:  10-3
10.  Lou. Ballard:  10-2
11.  Lyon Co:  12-4
12.  Bowling Green:  12-3
13.  Grant Co:  13-1
14.  Pulaski Co:  13-2
15.  N. Laurel:  8-6
16.  Marshall Co:  11-3
17.  Mason Co:  12-2
18.  Geo. Rogers Clark:  9-4
19.  Evangel Christian:  13-2
20.  Lex. Christian:  14-1

It still feels like it's early in the season, but the last regular season games will be played around February 17, so it's getting very serious now.  I'm still surprised to see only three teams from Louisville in the top 20, and one of those is Evangel Christian.  I wonder how much the growth of Christian schools will affect the KHSAA over the next 20 years.

I should also note that this list came out on Thursday, January 5.  Last night -- after this list was released -- Number-18 GRC (the defending state champs) host Number-4 Great Crossing.  It was the second meeting between the two schools -- Great Crossing had beaten GRC 64-62 on December 18 in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament at Louisville Fairdale.  Last night, GRC edged Great Crossing 52-51, handing the Warhawks their third loss of the season.

One final point.  The team ranked number 7 in the list above is not Harlan County.  Instead, it is the Harlan Green Dragons, representing the Harlan Independent School District.  The Harlan Green Dragons (12-2) will host the Harlan County Black Bears (11-3) on January 27.  That should be a good game.

(In case you're wondering, Harlan County High School opened in August 2008 to replace three previously separate high schools:  Evarts, Cawood, and Cumberland.  We mourn for all of them.)


  1. How about those Lyon County Lyons? On Friday night, they went to Livingston Central and beat the Cardinals 94-51. Then the very next night, they went to Lexington Catholic and beat Reed Sheppard and North Laurel 90-83 between 42 points from Travis Perry. What a team!

  2. Meanwhile, on Saturday night McCracken County made a shot at the buzzer to beat Owensboro 63-62 in a wild game in West Paducah. The Mustangs are now 14-0, but on Tuesday night they travel to Marshall County (12-3). On December 16, McCracken County beat Marshall 48-44 at home, but beating them on the road is another level of difficulty.

  3. Marshall Co. 57 - 53 McCracken Co. (Final)

  4. Lyon Co. 64 - 74 University Heights (at Caldwell Co.) (2d Region All "A" Classic)

    A tough loss for the Lyons that emphasizes how hard it is to win the Second Region.