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There’s a new No. 1 in the Observer’s girls basketball Sweet 16 poll

Davidson Day sophomore girls’ basketball player Mallorie Haines is a major-college recruit who was among the nation’s leading scorers in her class last season.
Davidson Day sophomore girls’ basketball player Mallorie Haines is a major-college recruit who was among the nation’s leading scorers in her class last season. lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

Davidson Day is the latest girls basketball team to claim the top spot in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll.

Vance had been No. 1 since preseason, but the Cougars lost to the No. 1 ranked team in South Carolina, Columbia Spring Valley, 63-47 in a holiday tournament. Vance fell one spot to No. 2.

Davidson Day (11-2), which lost 39-37 to Vance earlier this season, moved up two spots after beating previously unbeaten and N.C private school powerhouse Southern Pines O’Neal 51-47 in the championship game of the Craze Sports holiday tournament last week.

Former No. 2 Harrisburg Hickory Ridge lost to Bishop O’Connell (Va.) 76-44 and fell to No. 3.

Sweet 16 Girls’ Basketball



Rk

Team

Cl

Rec

Prvs.

1

Davidson Day

IND

11-2

3

2

Vance

4A

11-1

1

3

Harrisburg Hickory Ridge

4A

9-1

2

4

Butler

4A

10-1

8

5

China Grove Carson

3A

14-0

12

6

Waxhaw Cuthbertson

3A

10-1

10

7

Rocky River

4A

7-1

15

8

North Iredell

3A

9-1

14

9

Morganton Freedom

3A

8-1

4

10

Providence

4A

10-1

7

11

Mallard Creek

4A

8-3

13

12

Ardrey Kell

4A

10-3

5

13

North Mecklenburg

4A

8-3

6

14

Rock Hill South Pointe

4A

12-3

9

15

Salisbury

2A

8-1

NR

16

South Mecklenburg

4A

8-4

11

Dropped Out: Hopewell (4A 6-3). Also receiving consideration: West Rowan (3A, 11-1); East Rowan (3A, 11-2); Weddington (3A, 10-3); East Rutherford (2A, 10-1); Fort Mill (5A, 13-4).

Note: The Observer’s Sweet 16 poll is a ranking of the top 16 boys and girls teams in the newspaper’s 162-school coverage-area in North and South Carolina. The poll considers performance, strength of schedule and strength of class. To be considered, teams must play for a recognized state association.



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