Another exciting week of high school basketball is in the books and the cream is starting to rise to the top. With only two weeks left to play before conference tournaments, many teams on the bubble of potentially making the playoffs know there’s no time to waste if they’re going to make a run. The Friday Night Frenzy power rankings suffered a shakeup in the wake of several high profile matchups in the last week. At the top, Butler remains No. 1 after another unbeaten week. Davidson Day is the only new arrival to the rankings this week on the heels of a victory over a nationally ranked opponent.
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New this week: Davidson Day
Dropped out: Hickory Ridge
1. Butler (18-2): Death, taxes, and Butler winning. Those are the only seemingly guaranteed things we’ll encounter. Junior Rae’Quan Scott joined the 1,000 point club in Friday’s win over Garinger. Sidekick Orlando Robinson followed that with a career-high 26 points in a 79-64 win over East Meck.
2. Ardrey Kell (18-1): Riding a two-month winning streak, the Knights put themselves in a prime spot in the South Meck with a 62-54 win to sweep Olympic. The Knights climbed two spots in the USA TODAY Super 25 rankings.
3. Providence Day (19-4): Winners of nine in a row, Providence Day appears poised for a run in the NCISAA playoffs. On Friday, the Chargers will host Cannon, with the school raising money for the Play 4 Kay breast cancer awareness initiative.
4. North Mecklenburg (18-1): The Vikings are locked in to the top spot in the ultra-competitive Mecka after defeating West Charlotte 64-60. The Vikings now have a de facto two game cushion over the rest of the league. The Vikings host rival Hopewell on Friday.
5. East Lincoln (13-0): The Mustangs had another great week, blowing out three opponents. East Lincoln’s dynamite duo of Sage & Chazz Surratt average a combined 45 points per game. With only four seniors, the Mustangs are going to be a fixture at the top of the SD7.
6. Hickory (14-2): Hickory thumped defending 3A champion Freedom on Friday. The Red Tornadoes have now won three-straight and host the Friday Night Frenzy Game of the Week against South Caldwell.
7. Crest (15-3): A close win on Friday didn’t linger for the Chargers, as they shocked Chase in a 77-39 rout Tuesday night. Justin Foster had a big night, scoring 16 points and pulling down 7 rebounds in the victory. Senior Jerick Haynes’ 25 points per game is tops on the team.
8. West Charlotte (15-3): The Lions are still one of the supremely talented teams in Charlotte, but were unable to defeat North Meck in the regular season. With three road games in their last four, West Charlotte won’t have the benefit of home court heading to the conference tournament.
9. Olympic (16-3): Similar to West Charlotte, the Trojans are without a doubt talented, but Ardrey Kell has had their number this season. A tough road game at Charlotte Catholic on Friday means Olympic must bounce back and fast.
10. Weddington (17-3): Weddington’s 14-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday, as Cuthbertson handed the Warriors a 77-60 loss. Jordan Barber joined the 1000 point club Wednesday, scoring 12 in a 69-56 win over Porter Ridge.
11. Albemarle (15-0): The Bulldogs just keep winning, and senior Terrace Ellis is the key for Albemarle. Ellis averages 13 points per game, and scored 20 in Tuesday’s 81-48 victory over Union Academy.
12. Jay M. Robinson (14-5): The Bulldogs won an ugly overtime game at Vance Friday before dropping the Ambassador Hand-Picked Game of the Week to the Luke Maye-led Hough Huskies. With three conference losses, Lavar Batts, Sr. knows his team must seize every opportunity to prove they belong in the Mecka 4A.
13. Cox Mill (14-6): Veteran leadership is beginning to pay dividends for Cox Mill, with the Chargers winning six of their last seven contests. Friday’s home date with Concord can make or break Cox Mill’s regular season title hopes.
14. Lake Norman Charter (13-4): There must be something in the water on Highway 115, with the Knights and North Meck playing some of the best ball of the year. LNC hasn’t lost since the East Lincoln Winter Jam, cruising to a 9-0 conference record.
15. Davidson Day (18-7): The Patriots join the Friday Night Frenzy power rankings after upsetting nationally ranked Greensboro Day 53-51 on Tuesday. Davidson Day has won five in a row going into Friday’s home game with High Point Christian.
First five out: Hickory Ridge, Ashbrook, Fred T. Foard, Charlotte Latin, Cuthbertson
To view last week’s rankings, click here.