1. Piedmont (3-0)
The Panthers needed overtime to overtake Union Academy, but have impressive blowout wins over West Stanly (60-33) and Porter Ridge (57-8). The Panthers are led by three seniors in Caroline Tripp (16 points per game), Kelli Fagala (15 points per game) and Sara Griffin (14 points, eight rebounds) who have won 47 games and counting since starting together as freshmen.
2. Cuthbertson (2-1)
Cuthbertson has won 18 or more games in four of the previous five seasons and appear to be headed back in that direction again this season. They’ve blown out Lancaster and Porter Ridge in consecutive games, and seem to be hitting their stride. Plus, there is plenty of talent to go around with sophomores Lillian Anderson and Lauryn Hardiman and freshman Maddie Delinger leading the way.
3. Weddington (2-1)
The Warriors blew out CATA and East Meck before Ardrey Kell brought them back down to Earth with a 62-point loss. They face another tough test with South Meck, who is as good as any Mecklenburg County team, but the Warriors will hit their stride soon enough with Erin Addison and sophomore Karrah Katzbach leading the way.
4. Parkwood (1-0)
The Rebels have won double-digit games for eight straight seasons and got their year off with a bang with a 45-point blowout win over Arborbrook Christian Academy. It won’t always be that easy, but Parkwood is once again loaded with talent, including senior Molly Setliff, juniors Paytenn Yetter and Addison Laney and sophomore Kennedie Gaither, who had 14 points, nine assists, nine steals and five rebounds in the opener.
5. Metrolina Christian (2-2)
The Warriors took their lumps in a blowout loss to Union Academy the last time they took the court, but this team has a lot to like as they opened the season at .500. Senior Bella Sheprow is averaging double figures for the Warriors and junior Caroline McGee has been a force inside averaging 7.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
6. Marvin Ridge (1-2)
The Mavs won 14 games – the most since the 2010-11 season – last year and did so with a group of underclassmen that grew together on the fly. They only lost one senior from that team, and although senior Ava Fox (10.7 points per game) is the only double-digit scorer on the roster, this team is getting valuable contributions from everyone who steps on the court.
7. Monroe (1-2)
The Redhawks have lost their two games by a combined nine points and have been every game until the bitter end so far. They have plenty of talent with double-double machine Jasmine Reddick (12.3 points, 11.7 rebounds per game) and have gotten a great start to the year from juniors Irea Knotts (10.3 points, five rebounds) and Angel Rowland (4.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, three blocks per game).
Note: All records are as of Nov. 28