The regular season is beginning to hit the home stretch in the final two weeks. Teams are jockeying for position for playoff spots, conference tournament seeding, and time is winding down for teams with slow starts. In the Friday Night Frenzy power rankings, there’s no change at the top, with Myers Park keeping a firm grip on No. 1 after a win over previously No. 6 Hopewell. In the Friday Night Frenzy Game of the Week, No. 5 Hickory made a huge statement by blowing out a good South Caldwell team.
New this week: Davidson Day, Monroe
Dropped out: Hickory Ridge, Butler
1. Myers Park (19-1): The defending 4AA champions made a statement to any doubters, dismantling a really good Hopewell team 70-29. The Mustangs followed it with a 19-point victory over Southwestern opponent, then-No. 15 Butler on Friday. Myers Park visits Porter Ridge on Tuesday.
2. Ardrey Kell (18-2): The Knights are running away with the South Meck 8 after winning their last three games by at least 40 points. Jeff Buseick’s club hosts Providence on Tuesday before visiting Berry. AK wraps up the regular season with Charlotte Catholic and South Meck next week.
3. Weddington (20-1): The Warriors gave the home crowd a show Friday, holding archrival Marvin Ridge to just 15 points in a 39-point blowout. Stephanie Watts’ 29.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game are both team highs with only three games left. The Warriors appear poised for a one-loss regular season.
4. Providence Day (20-3): Junior Erin Whalen joined the 1,000 point club Friday, leading the Chargers to a 58-18 win over Cannon School on Play 4 Kay night. Providence Day visits Charlotte Country Day Monday before a back-to-back against Charlotte Latin on Tuesday.
5. Hickory (17-0): A dominating performance in the #FNFrenzy Game of the Week pushed Hickory to 17-0. Hickory’s suffocating press defense should give the Red Tornadoes a strong chance to wrap up the regular season undefeated.
6. Crest (16-2): Crest had a big win Friday at Kings Mountain, putting the Chargers in a prime position to win the conference. If the Chargers defeat East Burke, they’ll be the No. 1 seed in the SMAC tournament. Adiyah Ussery averaged 20 points per game last week.
7. Rocky River (17-3): The Ravens had little trouble with East Meck Friday, cruising to a 63-23 win. Rocky River will host Butler on Tuesday, a game that will determine the No. 2 seed in the Southwestern 4A conference.
8. Freedom (16-3): A road trip to Hickory wasn’t favorable for the Patriots, but Freedom rebounded with a dominant win over Watauga. A home date with South Caldwell on Tuesday may be the final regular season test for the Patriots.
9. Hopewell (17-3): Back-to-back games led to two Hopewell losses last week. After being upset by Mallard Creek on Tuesday, the Titans were crushed by Myers Park. Friday’s 55-40 win over North Meck came at a good time with Mecka contender Robinson losing to A.L. Brown.
10. Bandys (18-1): After crushing Lincolnton Friday, the Trojans get back at it against rival Maiden on Tuesday. A win assures Bandys they can finish no worse than second overall in the conference.
11. Mallard Creek (14-6): The Mavs didn’t let two conference losses get them down, upsetting Hopewell 36-32 on Tuesday. Mallard Creek followed it up by defeating Hough on the road Friday. Mallard Creek hosts Vance before visiting A.L. Brown on Friday.
12. Davidson Day (17-4): Davidson Day has now won nine in a row after a home victory over High Point Christian. The Patriots visit Wesleyan Christian on Friday in a first place battle.
13. Jay M. Robinson (14-5): After winning the Ambassador Hand-Picked Game over Hough, the Bulldogs lost a 54-49 heartbreaker at A.L. Brown on Friday. With four games to play, the Bulldogs find themselves two games behind first-place Hopewell. They meet on Friday in the Dog Pound.
14. Monroe (15-4): The Redhawks got 20 points from sophomore Tanaja Stevenson in a 54-36 win over Central Academy. It’s a busy week for Monroe with three games, the last of which is a home game with Parkwood, the lone undefeated team in the Rocky River Conference.
15. South Iredell (16-3): Last Tuesday’s loss at West Iredell appears to be an anomaly, with the Vikings on scoring 26 points. South Iredell’s defense got it done Friday, holding Lake Norman to just 30 points in a 35-30 slugfest.