Note: All records are through Jan. 7
1. Cuthbertson (12-2)
Previous ranking: No. 4
The Cavs are the county’s hottest team, having won 10 consecutive games including the Comporium Classic holiday tournament. Most recently, the new No.1 has defeated Monroe (47-24 on Jan. 2) behind 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals from sophomore Lauryn Hardiman and took down Weddington (65-53 on Jan. 5) behind 12 points and 12 rebounds from Anderson and a career-high 30 points and career-best 13 rebounds from freshman Madde Dillinger.
2. Parkwood (12-2)
Previous ranking: No. 1
How quickly things can change. The Rebels haven’t won a game in January (they are 0-2 after losses to Monroe and Piedmont) and two games back of Southern Carolinas leader Cuthbertson after a 12-0 start. The Rebels have a huge game on Jan. 9 against the Cavs, and will need to win to stay afloat in the standings. Parkwood has shot under 30 percent from the field during the past two games, but has too much talent to stay down long.
3. Piedmont (9-5)
Previous ranking: No. 2
After a 6-1 start the Panthers lost four straight, but have come back with three consecutive wins to stay in the hunt for a NCHSAA Southern Carolina championship.The Panthers kicked off their current streak with a 62-57 win over previously unbeaten Parkwood. Kelli Fagala (17 points), Lauren Whitley (14 points) and Caroline Tripp (12) were all in double figures. Since, they have defeated Sun Valley (69-43) and Forest Hills (58-48) by double figures as Fagala and Whitley have been in double figure both nights.
4. Union Academy (11-2)
Previous ranking: No. 4
Union Academy nearly stunned Parkwood at the Anson Invitational, jumping out to a 31-23 halftime lead before losing their second game of the year 58-51. The Cardinal responded, however, and defeated Anson 66-43 on Dec. 23. Briana Pressley led the way with 27 points in the win and Savanna Brooks (16 points) and Lauren Boyd (12 points, eight rebounds) played well. MaKayla Smith scored 24 points and had seven rebounds and Pressley added 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals in a 80-26 win over Community School of Davidson on Jan. 5.
5. Marvin Ridge (8-5)
Previous ranking: No. 5
Despite losing three of their previous five games, the Mavs are sitting in good shape in the Southern Carolinas standings after knocking off Weddington and Charlotte Catholic to open the month. Freshman Noble Tsumas had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the way in the 55-42 win over Weddington on Jan. 2. The Mavs outlasted Charlotte Catholic 56-46 in double overtime behind 15 points from Tsumas and 12 from Sara Hardwick.
6. Sun Valley (7-5)
Previous ranking: No. 6
The Spartans have looked good to open the year, but are coming off a 69-43 loss to Piedmont on Jan. 5, their only game so far this month. Sun Valley has a brutal stretch coming in the next few weeks with home games against Marvin Ridge and Parkwood and road tilts against Cuthbertson, Charlotte Catholic and Weddington approaching.
7. Weddington (7-9)
Previous ranking: No. 7
The Warriors hang on to the seventh spot despite losing four of their past five games. Losses this month have come against Marvin Ridge and Cuthbertson, but things aren’t going to get any easier. Parkwood, Monroe, Sun Valley, Charlotte Catholic, Marvin Ridge and Piedmont are the next six games on the Warriors schedule, so getting back near .500 may be too much of an uphill climb.
Also receiving votes: Metrolina Christian (7-10), Monroe (5-7)