CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The high school hoops season has rounded the last turn and is headed down the homestretch. Conference championship races are tightening up, or, like Southwestern 4A race, already wrapped up with teams jockeying for tournament seeding. At the top of the Friday Night Frenzy power rankings, Myers Park is still No. 1, with the Mustangs on the verge of finishing another one-loss regular season. Ardrey Kell locked up the South Meck 8 Friday, giving the school a clean sweep of the basketball regular season. A little further down the power rankings you’ll find Hickory, who is on the cusp of finishing 2014-15 undefeated in Class 3A.
New this week: AL Brown
Dropped out: Mallard Creek
1. Myers Park (21-1): Myers Park wrapped up the Southwestern 4A championship with a blowout win over Independence on Friday. The Mustangs have yet to lose a game to an opponent from North Carolina this season.
2. Ardrey Kell (20-2): The Knights made it a sweep for AK in the South Meck 8 hoops season, clinching the conference title against Berry. Ardrey Kell hosts Charlotte Catholic on Tuesday before a trip to South Meck wraps up the regular season.
3. Weddington (22-1): Stephanie Watts makes Weddington one of the toughest teams in the 3A ranks with her 29 points per game average. Watts’ teammates make the supplemental plays on any given night, giving Weddington opponents fits.
4. Providence Day (22-3): Josh Springer’s team has now won 16 in a row, and appear poised for a run at another state championship. The Chargers wrap up the regular season Thursday against Charlotte Christian.
5. Hickory (19-0): Hickory basketball is in good shape in 2015, and the Lady Red Tornadoes took it to another level Friday, defeating Foard 76-6. An unbeaten season is on the horizon for Hickory, and they’re looking to use last season’s end result as motivation for a title run.
6. Crest (18-2): The Chargers cruised Nto the SMAC regular season crown, defeating East Burke and East Rutherford last week. Crest hosts Burns before finishing the season at archrival Shelby. The Golden Lions would love nothing more than to spoil Crest’s undefeated conference record.
7.Freedom (18-3): Having locked up the No. 2 seed in the Northwestern Conference, Freedom has won three-straight after a loss at Hickory. The Patriots are the only team to give Hickory a run, losing by 4 and 15 points in two meetings.
8. Hopewell (19-3): After losing two-straight, Hopewell bounced back with three critical victories. The Titans have wrapped up the Mecka regular season title with two games to play. Hopewell visits Vance on Tuesday before hosting A.L. Brown in the season finale.
9. Bandys (20-1): Bandys clinched the SD7 regular season championship Friday, defeating Bunker Hill 62-41. The Trojans have won 17-straight and have a strong chance to enter the playoffs with just one loss.
10. Davidson Day (19-4): A healthy eleven-game winning streak puts Davidson Day on top of the conference with just two games to play. The Patriots host Calvary Baptist Tuesday before finishing the regular season on the road at Greensboro Day.
11. Jay M. Robinson (15-6): The Bulldogs saw their Mecka title hopes collapse with Friday’s loss at Hopewell, but Robinson can finish the regular season second if they can take care of business at Mallard Creek on Tuesday.
12. Monroe (18-4): In a must-win situation, the Redhawks did just that Friday, defeating Parkwood 36-31. Monroe and Parkwood are tied atop the 2A Rocky River. Monroe visits West Stanly Tuesday and will have a chance to clinch at least a share of the title Friday against Forest Hills.
13. South Iredell (18-3): In the biggest game of the year in the NPC, South Iredell defeated Alexander Central for the second time this season on Friday. The Vikings now control their destiny in the conference, and a victory at Mooresville Tuesday hands South Iredell the crown.
14. Rocky River (17-4): The Ravens lost their grip on the No. 2 seed against Butler Friday. Rocky River finishes the regular season Tuesday at home with rival Independence.
15. A.L. Brown (14-6): For the first time this season, the Lady Wonders are in the Friday Night Frenzy power rankings. Brown defeated Mallard Creek Friday, giving the Wonders a shot at the No. 4 seed in the Mecka. The road won’t be easy, as they visit West Charlotte and Hopewell to finish the regular season.