A look at the top high school basketball teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by The Tennessean:
10. Hillsboro (8-2) — The reigning Region 6-AAA champion Burros dropped their season opener at Independence, but they’ve since won six of their last seven.
9. East Nashville (10-1) — The defending regular-season champions in District 10-AA boast the top record in Class AA. However, the Eagles’ lone loss — a 55-52 setback to Maplewood — came in league play.
8. Maplewood (10-2) — Since dropping a pair of games to Memphis-area foes Mitchell and Brighton, the Panthers have strung together eight straight wins.
7. Oakland (7-0) — Tied atop the District 7-AAA standings, the Patriots have reeled off seven consecutive victories to open the season, including wins against district foes La Vergne and Smyrna.
6. Station Camp (12-0) — The Bison, led by 6-foot-6 small forward Yalen Reed, are off to a program-best 12-game winning streak.
5. Ensworth (7-0) — Led by senior and Tennessee signee Jordan Bone, the unbeaten Tigers are averaging 71.5 points per game, which includes a season-high 92-point effort in their 23-point triumph over St. Benedict on Dec. 4.
4. Cane Ridge (8-0) — The reigning regular-season champions in District 12-AAA are allowing just 46.6 points in their last five wins, including a 68-43 victory over Duluth (Ga.) on Dec. 12.
3. Independence (9-1) — The Eagles, led by reigning 11-AAA Coach of the Year Greg Glass, suffered a 75-52 setback at the Hopkinsville Classic on Dec. 12, but the Eagles bounced back Saturday to beat Grissom (Ala.) 61-53 on Saturday
2. Blackman (9-0) — The defending Region 7-AAA champion Blaze have allowed just 45.6 points per game en route to a perfect start, including wins over Alabama foes Gadsden City, Hazel Green and Lanett.
1. Brentwood Academy (7-0) — The defending Division II-AA champions have strung together seven straight wins to open the season, including Saturday’s 69-60 triumph over Gainesville (Ga.) at the King of the Bluegrass Tournament in Fairdale, Ky.
10. Davidson Academy (12-0) — Aside from their season-opening win over Greenbrier and a narrow victory over DCA on Dec. 1, the Lady Bears have faced little resistance.
9. Father Ryan (9-0) — The unbeaten Lady Irish boast the stingiest scoring defense in the state (25.9 points per game), holding each of their first nine opponents to less than 40 points.
8. Rossview (10-1) — The Lady Hawks, who reeled off 10 straight wins to open the season, are coming off their first loss — last Thursday’s 62-42 setback to Dickson County.
7. Stewarts Creek (12-1) — First-year coach Lindy Brown King has hit the ground running, guiding the Lady Red Hawks to a program-best 12-1 start.
6. Dickson County (10-1) — The Lea Lea Carter-led Lady Cougars have strung together eight straight wins since suffering a 60-57 loss to to unbeaten Wilson Central.
5. Oakland (7-1) — The defending Class AAA runner-up Lady Patriots dropped their season opener to Brentwood Academy, but have since won seven in a row, including Saturday’s thrilling 55-54 triumph over South Forsyth (Ga.)
4. Wilson Central (11-0) — The Lady Wildcats have tallied four wins by 40 or more points this season, including an 88-40 victory over one-loss Harpeth Hall on Saturday at the Page Classic.
3. Brentwood Academy (8-1) — The two-time defending Division II-AA champion Lady Eagles have reeled off eight straight wins since suffering a 69-55 season-opening loss to Blackman.
2. Riverdale (12-1) — The Lady Warriors, one of just seven teams in the state averaging over 70 points per contest, have been perfect aside from a 51-48 loss to rival Blackman on Dec. 8.
1. Blackman (7-1) — The two-time defending Class AAA champion Lady Blaze have already notched several impressive wins, knocking off both Brentwood Academy and Riverdale.