High school basketball got back in high gear last week, with most schools playing two games against conference opponents. For the third week in a row, Myers Park is the No. 1 ranked team in the power rankings, but Hopewell has a chance to remove the Mustangs from the top. Weddington remains in the top three behind Stephanie Watts’ incredible performances. The rankings should see some moving next week with several teams in the poll facing each other, highlighted by No. 5 Hickory hosting No. 7 Freedom on Tuesday night.
1. Myers Park (16-1): The Mustangs faced a tough test Friday, topping Southwestern challenger Rocky River 69-58. Myers Park hosts Providence on Monday. Then it’s Katy bar the door as No. 6 Hopewell visits The Park Wednesday.
2. Ardrey Kell (16-2): Fifteen wins in a row for the Knights, who had no problems with South Meck or West Meck last week. Senior Jordan Muhammad’s 11 points per game is tops for Ardrey Kell.
3. Weddington (17-1): Stephanie Watts became Union County’s all-time leading scorer last week in a 74-54 win over Piedmont. She continued her mindblowing play Friday, dropping 30 in a 27-point victory over Sun Valley.
4. Providence Day (18-3): Super sophomore Janelle Bailey had a big week last week, scoring 19, 15, and 14 in three Providence Day victories. The Chargers visit Charlotte Christian Tuesday before a home rematch with Cannon on Friday.
5. Hickory (15-0): The Red Tornadoes blew away Hibriten and Patton last week, winning both games by a combined 104 points. On Tuesday night, Hickory will face its biggest test of the season when No. 7 Freedom comes to town.
6. Hopewell (16-1): The Titans won a close one at A.L. Brown Tuesday before blasting rival Hough Friday. Hopewell will have their shot at No. 1 Myers Park on Wednesday.
7. Freedom (15-2): One of the two best teams in the 4A/3A Northwestern, Freedom crushed Patton and Foard last week. The Patriots need a win at No. 5 Hickory Tuesday in order to stay alive in the conference race.
8. Crest (14-2): The Chargers went on the road and topped R-S Central Friday 64-61. Adiyah Ussery stepped up when her team needed her most, scoring 32 in the victory. Ussery’s average per game is now 21.
9. Rocky River (15-3): The Ravens rode a nine-game winning streak into Myers Park Friday. Rocky River gave Myers Park all they wanted and more, but fell just short at 69-58.
10. Jay M. Robinson (13-4): After a tough loss against Mallard Creek, the Bulldogs have recaptured their mojo, winning three in a row. They’ll host Hough in the Ambassador Hand-Picked Game of the Week Tuesday.
11. Bandys (16-1): Business as usual for Bandys in a 67-46 win over East Lincoln. The Trojans visit West Caldwell Tuesday before a trip to Lincolnton on Friday.
12. Mallard Creek (12-6): A tough week for the Mavs with two losses. Mallard Creek visits Hough on Friday in a must-win game.
13. South Iredell (15-2): Lekia Hall dropped 25 points for the Vikings in a 64-42 win over North Lincoln. South Iredell visits West Iredell Tuesday before hosting Lake Norman Friday night.
14. Hickory Ridge (15-3): The Bulls had a good week, topping a scrappy Cox Mill club in the Ambassador Hand-Picked Game of the Week Tuesday, and beating rival Central Cabarrus by 16 on Friday. Hickory Ridge slowed down Central’s Mahley Holit as best as you can, limiting her to just 14 points.
15. Butler (13-6): A successful week for the Lady Bulldogs, with a dominating win over archrival Independence and a big victory over Garinger. Butler visits East Meck Tuesday before they face No. 1 Myers Park at home Friday.
First five teams out: Hough, Davidson Day, Monroe, Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Catholic