Boys’ basketball Super Seven Rankings
The Warriors have moved on nicely from their disappointing loss to Cuthbertson on Jan. 24. Weddington responded with decisive victories against conference foes Marvin Ridge and Anson.
2 Forest Hills
The Yellow Jackets avenged its loss to Parkwood by beating the Rebels 71-45 on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Forest Hills moved in to the top spot in the conference standings and is well on its way to another league title.
Coach Jay Fitts’ crew picked up a critical win over Cuthbertson to end a two-game losing streak and stay in the upper half of the conference standings.
4 Marvin Ridge
Marvin Ridge edged Sun Valley 46-45 Tuesday, Jan. 31. A second-place finish in conference and a home playoff game are still on the table for the Mavericks, but they must take care of business.
Tuesday’s loss to Piedmont hurts, but coach Mike Helms continues to get the most out of the Cavaliers. Cuthbertson is making a case for a postseason berth, but it must finish above .500 and have a solid showing in the conference tournament.
When it comes to conference action Parkwood is at a safe place, as the Rebels are only a game behind Forest Hills. However, Parkwood’s overall record could stand to see improvement, starting with getting above .500.
The Rebels are making strides. Monroe is only a game-and-a-half back from the league’s top spot in the conference standings. Coach Johnny Sowell’s bunch should be a tough out during the playoffs.
Girls’ Basketball Super Seven Rankings
The Redhawks keep soaring. Tanaja Stevenson continues to give Monroe a lift with her scoring punch (15.6 points per game). Coach Leroy Osborne has a championship team that could finish conference play undefeated.
2 Sun Valley
The Spartans have fought their way to first place in the Southern Carolinas. Coach Jeremy Waldrup’s team is beginning to peak at the right time and is preparing to charge into the playoffs.
3 Marvin Ridge
Marvin Ridge picked up big wins when it outlasted Sun Valley 50-43 in overtime Tuesday, Jan. 24 and beat Weddington on the road last week. The Mavericks are a dangerous team, and they are upsetting the establishment.
Weddington is in a free fall. The Warriors desperately need a win to put their three-game losing streak to an end, but don’t count coach Ryun Cook’s team out just yet.
The Rebels still have an outside shot at a share of the conference title, but it won’t be easy. Parkwood must beat Monroe on Friday, Feb. 3, and it needs the Redhawks to lose again after that.
If Cuthbertson doesn’t finish the regular season strong, its playoff hopes could be in jeopardy. At the same time, the Cavaliers shouldn’t be taken for granted by opponents.
7 Metrolina Christian
For Metrolina Christian, the issue doesn’t lie with rebounding or defending, but the Warriors struggle with putting the ball in the basket. If they can remedy that problem, then the Warriors can make some noise in the playoffs.