Note: All records are through Feb. 7
1. Cuthbertson (18-4)
Previous ranking: No. 2
The Cavs seized control of the Southern Carolinas conference standings with a 52-48 win over Parkwood on Feb. 2 behind 16 points and seven rebounds from freshman Maddie Dillinger and 11 points and 18 rebounds from sophomore Lillian Anderson. The win came after a six-point loss to Charlotte Catholic on Jan. 31 that ended a five-game win streak, but the Cavs are still in a great spot for playoff seeding. The Cavs have won 16 of their previous 18 games with just Weddington remaining on their regular season schedule.
2. Parkwood (19-3))
Previous ranking: No. 1
The Rebels drop a spot in the rankings after ending a six-game win streak that began on Jan. 9 with an 11-point win over Cuthbertson. On Feb. 2, the Cavs ended Parkwood’s streak with a 52-48 win that also knocked the Rebels from the top spot in the Southern Carolinas conference standings. Still, with top scorers Molly Setliff and Allison Laney leading a deep supporting cast, this team is as good as any in their division. They will likely get a third shot at Cuthbertson in the finals of the conference tournament later this month.
3. Union Academy (19-2)
Previous ranking: No. 3
The Cardinals magical run continues as they have now won 10 games in a row. They are showing no signs of letting up as they play their final two regular season games this week. The Cardinals will set a school record for wins with their next victory – a mark that has stood since the 2007-08 season, which also marks the last time the program had a winning record. Stars Briana Presley, Savanna Brooks, MaKayla Smith and Mya Manivanh make the Cardinals tough to defend.
4. Piedmont (11-10)
Previous ranking: No. 4
The Panthers are coming off a 66-60 win over Weddington on Feb. 2, so they are feeling good. And when they get performances like they got from stars Caroline Tripp (16 points and 12 rebounds) and Sara Griffin (14 points and 12 rebounds) they are tough to beat. However, they have struggled overall of late, winning just two of their previous seven games – all of which were against conference opponents. That has left Piedmont 5-7 in league play, but they are still tied with Marvin Ridge.
5. Marvin Ridge (11-9)
Previous ranking: No. 5
Marvin Ridge drubbed Sun Valley 62-31 on Feb. 2, snapping a three-game losing streak. However, the Mavs are just 5-7 in league play and tied with Piedmont. The winner will likely get an automatic playoff bid, in which the loser will seek an at-large nomination that is tougher to come by. The Mavs are 10-3 this season when they have scored 49 or more points in a game, so they need their offense to be clicking as they enter the postseason.
6. Metrolina Christian (13-13)
Previous ranking: Not ranked
Metrolina Christian returns to the Super 7 after a few weeks off as the Warriors are playing very good basketball of late. They have won two in a row and seven of their previous 10 to get to 6-4 in league play and position themselves nicely to earn a NCISAA playoff berth. In their 71-34 win over SouthLake Christian, the Warriors used their biggest strengths – their unselfishness and depth – to get the victory. Logan Bjorson scored 11 points to lead 13 players who scratched the scoring column.
7. Weddington (11-12)
Previous ranking: Not ranked
It’s been a rocky road for the Warriors this season, but they keep battling as they basically alternate wins and losses in games down the stretch. Most recently, the Warriors have defeated Marvin Ridge 60-50 in overtime on Jan. 30 and lost to Piedmont 66-60 on Jan. 2. The Warriors are led by senior Erin Addison (16.9 points and 6.2 rebounds) and sophomore Karrah Katzbach (15.2 points and three rebounds), but have plenty of firepower and scoring punch. The problem has been defensively where they’ve allowed 48 or more points in nine of their last 10 games that usually end up in shootouts.
Dropped out: Sun Valley, Monroe