West Charlotte is the new No. 1 team in the Observer’s Sweet 16 basketball poll.
The Lions have spent more weeks at No. 1 than any other team since the newspaper began the poll in the 1984-85 season. West Charlotte had a big home game Monday night with No. 8 Butler.
Hough moved up three spots to No. 2 after upsetting preseason No. 1 Lake Norman 55-50 last week. Lake Norman dropped to No. 4.
One new team is in this week: Harding (1-0) jumps in at No. 15 after an 86-49 season-opening win against Garinger, sparked by 24 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks by Jarlen McDonald.
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|1. West Charlotte (4A)||1-0||47||2|
|2. Hough (4A)||2-0||44||5|
|3. North Mecklenburg (4A)||1-0||43||3|
|4. Lake Norman (4A)||0-1||40||1|
|5. Myers Park (4A)||2-0||35||5|
|6. Providence Day (IND)||0-2||34||6|
|7. Ardrey Kell (4A)||1-1||30||4|
|8. Butler (4A)||2-0||27||8|
|9. Robinson (4A)||1-0||23||10|
|10. Rock Hill South Pointe (3A)||0-0||22||9|
|11. Olympic (4A)||1-0||18||11|
|12. Concord (3A)||1-0||15||12|
|13. Berry (4A)||2-0||12||13|
|14. Charlotte Christian (IND)||1-0||9||14|
|15. Harding (4A)||1-0||4||NR|
|16. Sun Valley (3A)||0-0||3||16|
Dropped out: Charlotte Latin (IND, 1-1). Also receiving votes: None.
First-Place Votes: West Charlotte (2); Hough (1)
Note: A three-person panel of Observer sportswriter voted. Eligible teams are 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 must also belong to a recognized state association.