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Observer’s Sweet 16 girls’ basketball poll 02.02.15

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.

Team (Class) Rec.  Pvs.
 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

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.

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