Posted On: 02/19/21 9:59 AM



The favorite: Ballard opened the season as the top-ranked team in 3A, and the Bombers have spent more time atop the rankings than any other team this year. Their lone loss came to a top-5 Carroll team, by one, in overtime, and they’ve absolutely dominated the rest of the schedule, with only one other game decided by fewer than 11 points. A state semifinalist last year, Ballard returned their top four scorers from that group and picked up right where they left off, with 3A’s top offense (72.3 points a game) and #2 defense (43.2). They’re led by senior forward Connor DrewConnorDrew6'6" | PFBallard | 2021StateIA (15.1, 8.6 rebounds), a versatile combo forward who can score inside and out, handle the ball and dominate the glass. He’ll play college ball at Winona State. Junior guard Ashton HermannAshtonHermann6'3" | SGBallard | 2022StateIA (16.1, 3.7 steals) is the leading scorer, a dynamic, athletic player on both ends of the floor who can score from all three levels, and they’ve gotten improved offensive production out of senior guard Mason MurphyMasonMurphy5'9" | PGBallard | 2021StateIA (12.0,

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