It's hard to believe, but the 2011-12 high school basketball season is already in the stretch run to the postseason, with most teams past the midway point in the conference schedules.
While it is the last month of the season, including the playoffs, here's a look at the Lake Norman area's best right now.
Best Boys Teams
North Mecklenburg and Davidson Day.
The Patriots (20-2 going into the weekend) have benefitted from many former Vikings in the last few years, with players like Phillip Anglade and D.J. Carnegie - both former North Meck players - playing a big part of a Davidson Day .
On the other hand, I-Meck's first place North Meck (14-2, 6-1) hasn't missed a beat, with senior point guard Shivaughn Wiggins and the rest of the Vikings like forward Rashaan Brown fitting in perfectly in a team of role players.
Starting 5 Boys
Shivaughn Wiggins , North Mecklenburg: senior point guard has done a little bit of everything at 25 points, five assists, three steals per game.
Rashun Davis, Davidson Day: Radford signee (14 points per game) is the spark behind Patriot offense and defense.
Shawn Lester, Mooresville: Charlotte signee (15 points per game) is spectacular at times.
Rashaan Brown, North Mecklenburg: 6-foot-3 junior is a terror (11 ppg, 5 rebounds per game) in the paint.
Phillip Anglade, Davidson Day: Even at 6-foot-4, Anglade is monster in the paint at 13 points and 12 rebounds per contest.
On the Rise
Luke Maye, Hough: already a force for young Huskies as 6-foot-6 freshman (16 ppg).
Ryan Scott, Lake Norman: senior shooter has shown a lot of heart.
Alex Scearce, Lake Norman Charter: football star, (10 ppg 8 rpg) also playing well on the hardwood.
Dorian Albritton, Davidson Day: senior forward often forgotten in the mix of Division I talent.
Antwaine McLean, East Lincoln: senior lighting it up at 18 points per game.
Best Girls Teams
Hopewell and Hough.
Hopewell (10-6, 6-1) has won the last two I-Meck conference titles, and with Sharee Boyd and company playing well, they are still the favorite to do it again until someone proves otherwise.
However, Hough (10-6, 6-1) is tied atop the league standings despite having the youngest team in the conference. Sophomore point guard Anna Diggs (13 ppg) leads a balanced attacked.
Starting 5 Girls
Anna Diggs, Hough: Diggs (13 ppg) plays leading role.
Sharee Boyd, Hopewell: Senior (16 ppg) is showing she can also lead.
Destiny Barrino, North Mecklenburg: Sophomore already making name for herself (12 ppg, 4 steals per game).
Marissa Riley, Lake Norman: Senior (16 ppg) looks to help Wildcats claw back into I-Meck race.
Bri Mack, SouthLake Christian: Western Carolina commit even better now at 20 points, 13 rpg.
On the Rise
Ezzine Mbamalu, Lake Norman Charter: 6-foot-2 sophomore just coming into her own with 13 points, 14 rebounds per game.
Kourtney Hailey, SouthLake Christian: Emerging as top point guard at 16 points, four assists per contest.
Jamie Williams, Lake Norman Charter: Senior point guard (13 ppg, 5 apg, 5 spg) leads upstart Knights.
Bryanna Curry, Hopewell: Boyd gets headlines, sophomore forward (12 ppg) also a big key.