Two teams join the Sweet 16 this week and the preseason No. 1 returned to the top spot.
Mallard Creek beat Butler 56-14 last week in the second round of the N.C. 4AA playoffs, and after Hough upset No. 1 Independence, the Mavericks have returned to the top spot. Mallard Creek began the season nationally ranked and No. 1 in the Sweet 16 before losing 28-27 to Butler in August.
Independence, after its first loss, fell to No. 5. Hough, which has been in and out of the poll, jumped four spots to No. 3 after the biggest win in school history.
Two teams joined the poll this week: Rocky River is back in at No. 14 and playing for the school’s first regional berth this week; and Gastonia’s Forestview is in at No. 16 after winning nine straight games after a two-game losing streak in September.
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|1. Mallard Creek (4A)||12-1||64||2|
|2. Charlotte Christian (IND)||11-1||56||4|
|3. Hough (4A)||10-3||53||7|
|4. Charlotte Catholic (3A)||12-1||52||5|
|5. Independence (4A)||12-1||51||1|
|6. Butler (4A)||10-3||48||3|
|7. Weddington (3A)||12-1||37||9|
|8. Vance (4A)||10-3||34||8|
|9. East Lincoln (2A)||13-0||30||10|
|10. Lake Norman (4A)||12-1||28||11|
|11. Providence (4A)||10-3||24||12|
|12. Concord (3A)||12-1||19||6|
|13. York, S.C. (4A)||11-2||17||16|
|14. Rocky River (4A)||9-4||10||NR|
|15. Charlotte Latin (IND)||10-2||9||13|
|16. Forestview (3A)||11-2||6||NR|
Dropped out: Rock Hill Northwestern (4A, 9-4); Mooresville (4A, 10-2). Also receiving votes: Cuthbertson (3A, 10-3)
First-place Votes: Mallard Creek (4)