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Two new teams join Observer Sweet 16 girls basketball poll, and there’s a new No. 1

Hickory Ridge’s girls basketball team
Hickory Ridge’s girls basketball team

Harrisburg’s Hickory Ridge High School is the new No. 1 team in the Charlotte Observer girls basketball Sweet 16.

The Ragin’ Bulls (20-1) have won 20 straight games for former college basketball head coach Tolonda Rose-Simmons and have won the Southwestern 4A regular-season conference championship.

Hickory Ridge jumped to No. 1 after No. 8 Berry upset former No. 1 Ardrey Kell Friday.

Two new teams join the poll this week. No. 15 Maiden (18-2) has won five games in a row, and No. 16 Union Academy is on a 10-game win streak.

Observer Sweet 16 Girls Basketball Poll

Rk.

Team (Class)

Rec.

Prvs.

1

Harrisburg Hickory Ridge (4A)

20-1

2

2

Gastonia Ashbrook (3A)

21-0

3

3

Mallard Creek (4A)

20-2

4

4

Ardrey Kell (4A)

20-2

1

5

South Mecklenburg (4A)

17-4

5

6

East Burke (2A)

21-1

6

7

Rock Hill (5A)

18-3

9

8

Berry (4A)

15-4

8

9

Providence Day (IND)

21-6

10

10

East Rutherford (2A)

18-2

11

11

Monroe Parkwood (3A)

19-3

7

12

China Grove Carson (3A)

19-3

14

13

Boone Watauga (3A)

17-2

15

14

Morganton Freedom (3A)

17-4

16

15

Maiden (2A)

18-2

NR

16

Union Academy (1A)

19-2

NR

Dropped Out: North Iredell (3A, 18-4); Waxhaw Cuthbertson (3A, 18-4). Also receiving votes: Vance (4A, 16-5); North Gaston (3A, 18-4); Gastonia Forestview (3A, 17-5); Lincolnton (2A, 15-6); Gray Stone Day (1A, 16-4)

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