Here’s a look at the top girls high school basketball teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by The Tennessean:
10. Upperman (25-2) — The Lady Bees, who are averaging 64.6 points per contest, haven’t lost since Dec. 5 to Jackson County — a loss they avenged a little more than a month later, topping the Lady Blue Devils 50-41 on Jan. 8. Last week: NR. Streak: Won 19.
9. East Nashville (21-2) — Prior to Friday’s nail-biter against rival Pearl-Cohn — an eventual 58-55 win — the District 10-AA leading Lady Eagles had outscored their previous five opponents by an average of 47.4 points per game. Last week: No. 10. Streak: Won 15.
8. Rossview (23-1) — The one-loss Lady Hawks, unbeaten since their Dec. 17 setback to former district foe Dickson County, can secure the District 10-AAA regular-season title outright with a win against Henry County on Tuesday. Last week: No. 9. Streak: Won 13.
7. Stewarts Creek (18-4) — After tallying wins over a pair of nationally ranked squads Blackman and Riverdale, the Lady Red Hawks were brought back down to Earth by Friday’s 44-39 setback to Oakland. Last week: No. 7. Streak: Lost 1.
6. Dickson County (21-3) — The Lady Cougars, led by senior Vanderbilt signee Lea Lea Carter, have surpassed the 20-win mark for the fourth straight season under first-year coach Greg Tipps. Last week: No. 8. Streak: Won 5.
5. Oakland (17-5) — The Lady Patriots, clinging to third place in the 7-AAA standings, are a perfect 17-0 on the season when playing schools not named Blackman (0-2), Riverdale (0-2) or Brentwood Academy (0-1). Last week: No. 5. Streak: Won 1.
4. Brentwood Acad. (18-5) — Despite suffering their fifth loss of the season last week — a 60-54 setback to Chattanooga-area foe Hamilton Heights — the Lady Eagles still cling to a 1½-game lead in Division II-AA East/Middle. Last week: No. 2. Streak: Lost 1.
3. Wilson Central (24-0) — The Lady Wildcats, who already have captured the District 9-AAA regular-season title, can secure a perfect regular-season finish by beating this week’s opponents, Portland and Mt. Juliet. Last week: No. 4. Streak: Won 24.
2. Riverdale (22-3) — The Anastasia Hayes-led Lady Warriors, winners of three in a row, appear destined for a runner-up finish in District 7-AAA after dropping both of their regular-season contests with Blackman by a combined five points. Last week: No. 3. Streak: Won 3.
1. Blackman (21-3) — The Lady Blaze, ranked 14th in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings, bounced back from last week’s surprising loss to Stewarts Creek by securing a pair of lopsided wins over 7-AAA foes Oakland and Siegel. Last week: No. 1. Streak: Won 2.