The top 10 high school boys basketball teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by The Tennessean:
10. Maplewood (23-6) — The District 5-AA champion Panthers suffered a surprising sectional loss to Marshall County, however, junior Bo Hodges became the first player in school history to receive Mr. Basketball honors. Last week: No. 9. Streak: Lost 1.
9. Whites Creek (21-11) — The Cobras, who knocked off CPA in last week’s sectional, will make their first state tournament appearance since 2007 when they face Westview in Thursday’s Class AA quarterfinals. Last week: NR. Streak: Won 1.
8. Cane Ridge (24-4) — The District 12-AAA runner-up Ravens, led by seniors Kyree Elder and Jimmy Greer, reached the Region 6-AAA semifinals for just the second time in school history. Last week: No. 8. Streak: Lost 1.
7. White County (29-1) — The Warriors, who set a TSSAA record for the most 3-pointers in a season, suffered a disappointing 78-66 defeat to Bradley Central in last week’s Region 3-AAA semifinals. Last week: No. 7. Streak: Lost 1.
6. Ensworth (24-6) — The Division II-AA runner-up Tigers, led by Mr. Basketball finalist and Tennessee signee Jordan Bone, proved to be no match for two-time defending champion Brentwood Academy in last week’s title game, suffering an 82-49 defeat. Last week: No. 5. Streak: Lost 1.
5. Independence (27-4) — The District 11-AAA champion and Region 6-AAA runner-up Eagles advanced to sectionals for the first time in program history before being edged by Station Camp 63-61. Last week: No. 4. Streak: Lost 2.
4. Hillsboro (21-7) — The District 12-AAA and Region 6-AAA champion Burros, making their second straight state tournament appearance, will take on Dyer County in Wednesday’s Class AAA quarterfinals. Last week: No. 6. Streak: Won 7.
3. Station Camp (35-1) — The District 9-AAA and Region 5-AAA champion Bison, making their first state tournament appearance in program history, will square off with David Crockett in Wednesday’s Class AAA quarterfinals. Last week: No. 3. Streak: Won 7.
2. Brentwood Academy (29-3) — Standout sophomore Darius Garland helped lead the Eagles to a second straight state title while also receiving Division II-AA Mr. Basketball honors. Last week: No. 2. Streak: Won 9.
1. Blackman (32-0) — The Blaze, the state’s only remaining unbeaten team, will make their fifth consecutive Class AAA state tournament appearance when they take on Science Hill in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Last week: No. 1. Streak: Won 32.