With the calendar finding its way deep into January, conference basketball season is in high gear and the best teams are beginning to separate from the rest of the pack. The Friday Night Frenzy girls basketball power rankings will be published every Monday beginning January 12. As always, your comments, feedback, and suggestions are welcome. Email us at email@example.com.
1. Myers Park (11-1): The defending state champions have laid waste to every local opponent, winning every game by at least 14 points. The Mustangs remain the hot pick to repeat as 4A state champions in 2015.
2. Ardrey Kell (13-2): After dropping two in a row before Thanksgiving, the Knights have rattled off 12-straight wins. Dominant victories of South Meck 8 opponents Berry, Harding, and Providence put Ardrey Kell squarely in charge of the conference.
3. Weddington (14-1): Stephanie Watts continues to amaze with her nearly flawless game, averaging an eye-popping 30 points per game. Her ability to distribute the ball to open teammates will help carry this team far in the regular season.
4. Hopewell (13-1): With a loss to Stephanie Watts and Weddington being the only blemish thus far, Hopewell has supplanted Robinson at the top of the Mecka standings after a 54-48 win Friday.
5. Hickory (11-0): A dominant win over St. Stephens gave Hickory sole possession of first place in the 4A/3A Northwestern Conference. The Red Tornadoes should be undefeated going into their January 27 tussle with Freedom.
6. Freedom (11-2): Winners of six-straight after a 57-53 loss to Hickory, Freedom has taken it to opponents lately, winning those six games by an average of 35 points. The Patriots host Hibriten on Tuesday before visiting St. Stephens on Friday.
7. Providence Day (13-3): Sophomore Janelle Bailey gives Josh Springer and the Providence Day faithful hope of a bright future, as the five-time-defending state champions look to win its sixth title in a row.
8. Crest (11-2): Sitting 7-0 in conference play, the Lady Chargers are taking care of business, winning their last three games by an average of 18 points. Adiyah Ussery is the heart and soul for Crest, scoring 19 points per game.
9. Rocky River (12-2): The sneaky quiet Ravens have won seven in a row, including wins over Butler, West Charlotte, and West Meck. The Ravens visit rival Independence on Friday, with Rocky River looking to stay in touch with Myers Park.
10. Robinson (10-3): A loss at Hopewell Friday hurt the Bulldogs’ mojo, giving Robinson its first non-tournament loss since December 8. The Bulldogs are a talented team in a deep conference, as they host Mallard Creek on Friday.
11. Hough (10-3): Another Mecka team in the top 15, Hough picked up a nice win over West Charlotte on Friday. With losses to Robinson and Hopewell already on their resume, Hough will need to take care of business against North Meck on Friday to stay in the hunt.
12. South Iredell (12-2): The Vikings won a first place battle in the NPC Friday, topping Alexander Central at home. If South Iredell handles Statesville on Tuesday, they’ll have a chance at a de facto two game lead in the conference against Mooresville.
13. Bandys (14-1): After finish as state runner-up last spring, Bandys is back and punishing their opponents. The Trojans are positioning themselves nicely for a run at the 2A crown in 2015.
14. Forestview (10-3): After a tough showing at the Freedom Christmas Invitational, Forestview took ownership of first place in the Big South Friday, dominating Ashbrook in a 61-30 victory. Senior Nikkyana McCaskill leads the Jaguars with an impressive 14 points per game.
15. Hickory Ridge (12-3): The Ragin’ Bulls took a tough loss at West Rowan Friday, but remain on top of the SPC. Hickory Ridge will have an opportunity to bounce back Friday when they host Concord for the teams’ third matchup this season.