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Insider: HSE climbs Fab 15 rankings

North Central Panthers DJ Johnson (12) fouls Warren Central Warriors Mack Smith (32) during a layup at North Central High School, Indianapolis, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Warren Central won, 63-51.

North Central Panthers DJ Johnson (12) fouls Warren Central Warriors Mack Smith (32) during a layup at North Central High School, Indianapolis, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Warren Central won, 63-51.

Here’s a look at this week’s Fab 15, a weekly ranking of the top high school boys basketball teams in Central Indiana:

1. Warren Central (18-1): The Warriors steamrolled Southport, 83-41, on Friday and Indianapolis Lighthouse, 80-43, on Tuesday to extend their winning streak to seven. Senior Mack Smith (20.2 ppg, 6.3 rebounds and 49 percent 3-point shooting) continues his strong play. Warren Central is at Carmel on Friday, with a chance to clinch the Metropolitan Interschoastic Conference outright, and plays at Muncie Central on Saturday. Previous: 1.

2. North Central (18-3): The Panthers have now won four in a row after a 1-3 stretch. A 77-63 win over Pike on Friday was the latest victory. Senior Kris Wilkes is averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, and senior Emmanuel Little is averaging 16.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. North Central hosts Center Grove on Friday and is at Fort Wayne Carroll on Saturday. Previous: 2.

3. Hamilton Southeastern (18-4): There may not be a hotter team locally than the Royals, who defeated Carmel 72-51 on Friday and Pike 74-63 on Tuesday. Senior Connor Rotterman averaged 18 points in the two wins, and shot 13-for-22 from the field. HSE is at Brownsburg on Friday in its only weekend game. Previous: 7.

4. Carmel (15-4): Carmel rebounded from a 72-51 loss to HSE on Friday with a 70-65 win at Fort Wayne Carroll. It will be interesting to see if the news of coach Scott Heady leaving for Marian at the end of the season has any impact on the team. Sophomores John Michael Mulloy (20 points, five rebounds) and Luke Heady (16 points) led the way at Carmel. The Greyhounds host Warren Central on Friday and Warsaw on Saturday. Previous: 3.

5. Ben Davis (14-5): Ben Davis kept it rolling with a fifth consecutive victory, 72-56 over Lawrence North on Friday. Junior Aaron Henry, with Nebraska assistant Michael Lewis watching, finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Ben Davis hosts Cathedral on Friday in its only game of the week. Previous: 5.

6. Pike (15-6): This closing stretch for Pike is as tough as any team’s in the state. The Red Devils lost 77-63 to North Central on Friday and 74-63 to Hamilton Southeastern on Tuesday. A bright spot against HSE was the play of junior Darian Porch, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Pike hosts Lawrence North on Friday. Previous: 4.

7. Lawrence North (13-7): The Wildcats made it through a week with a depleted roster with a 1-1 record, losing 72-56 to Ben Davis and defeating Hamilton Heights 46-45 on Saturday. Lawrence North was missing four of its starters due to a violation of team rules, but should have them for Friday’s game at Pike and Saturday’s home game versus Fort Wayne South Side. Previous: 6.

8. Zionsville (15-5): The Eagles have won four games in a row, including wins over Lebanon (54-35) and Anderson (80-64) this past week. Dominic Genco had 20 points in the win over Anderson. The Eagles can wrap up the Hoosier Crossroads Conference championship outright with a win at Fishers on Friday. Previous: 8.

9. Crispus Attucks (14-4): Like offense? The Tigers are averaging nearly 75 points a game to rank in the top-10 in the state. The Tigers have four players averaging in double-figure scoring, led by senior Nike Sibande (23.4 ppg, 7.8 rebounds). Attucks defeated Tindley 89-86 in overtime on Feb. 9 and University 72-53 on Saturday. The Tigers host Washington (Friday) and Speedway (Saturday) this week. Previous: 12.

10. Cathedral (13-7): The Irish lost 68-50 at Roncalli on Friday, a second consecutive defeat after a five-game winning streak. Another tough game looms Friday at Ben Davis. Senior guard Tra Landers (13.6 ppg, 3.6 assists) has put together a solid season. Previous: 9.

11. Tri-West (17-3): The Bruins lost back-to-back games to Lebanon and Mishawaka Marian after taking the Hendricks County title, but have since won seven in a row. Tri-West beat Crawfordsville (76-63) and Brebeuf Jesuit (66-65) over the weekend. Next up is a game Friday at North Montgomery. An injury to senior Peyton Hendershot could be problematic. Previous: 15.

12. Pendleton Heights (16-5): The Arabians dropped a 63-49 decision at Fishers on Friday, but bounced back to defeat sectional rival New Castle 71-68 on Tuesday. Senior Mark Albers had 29 points in the win. The Arabians host Guerin Catholic on Tuesday. Previous: 10.

13. Center Grove (13-6): The Trojans rebounded from a loss to Warren Central with wins over Lawrence Central (61-55) on Friday and Mooresville (57-34) on Tuesday. Center Grove gets a big test at North Central on Friday. Previous: NR.

14. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-6): Brebeuf lost 66-65 at Tri-West on Saturday and rebounded with a 68-41 win over Marshall on Tuesday. The balanced Braves have been led offensively by Myja White (14.4 ppg), Malachi Rice (11.7 ppg) and Simon Banks (11.8 ppg). Banks and Rice have combined for 98 assists. Brebeuf hosts Heritage Christian on Friday and Louisville (Ky.) Ballard on Saturday. Previous: 13.

15. Park Tudor (15-6): The Panthers ended a three-game losing streak with wins over Bishop Chatard (64-45) on Friday and Lutheran (63-45) on Tuesday. Park Tudor is off this weekend. Previous: 14.

Dropped out: Lawrence Central (11)

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