The top six girls’ high school basketball teams remain the same in this week’s Sweet 16, but there’s a mighty shuffle below them.
A lot of ranked teams suffered losses last week, which opened the door for two hot teams to join the poll. South Mecklenburg (13-6) has won three straight and rejoins the Sweet 16 at No. 14. Gastonia’s Ashbrook High (12-3) is in at No. 16. The Green Wave has won five consecutive games.
The shuffling also allowed three teams to make big jumps: Mallard Creek went from No. 13 to No. 8, Monroe moved from 16th to ninth and Rock Hill South Pointe, the No. 6-ranked team in South Carolina, moved from 12th to seventh.
|1. Myers Park (4A)||19-1||1|
|2. Weddington (3A)||20-1||2|
|3. Ardrey Kell (4A)||18-2||3|
|4. Providence Day (IND)||20-3||5|
|5. Rocky River (4A)||15-3||6|
|6. Hopewell (4A)||17-3||4|
|7. Rock Hill South Pointe (3A)||13-3||12|
|8. Mallard Creek (4A)||14-6||13|
|9. Monroe (2A)||15-4||16|
|10. South Iredell (3A)||16-3||7|
|11. Robinson (4A)||14-5||8|
|12. Butler (4A)||14-7||9|
|13. Hickory Ridge (3A)||15-4||10|
|14. South Mecklenburg (4A)||13-6||NR|
|15. Cuthbertson (3A)||14-5||15|
|16. Ashbrook (3A)||12-3||NR|
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Dropped out: Hough (4A, 12-6); Berry (4A, 12-5).
Also receiving consideration: A.L. Brown (3A, 12-5), Charlotte Catholic (4A, 14-6), Forestview (3A, 14-5), Davidson Day (IND, 15-4)
Note: Eligible teams are those in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Union and York counties that do not allow student-athletes to repeat a grade and maintain eligibility once beginning their ninth-grade year. Eligible schools also must belong to a recognized state association. The boys’ Sweet 16 will run Friday. Past polls are available at charlotteobserver.com/preps.