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The Journal Gazette

Friday, February 01, 2019 1:00 am

Journal Gazette boys and girls basketball rankings

This season, The Journal Gazette will present its Top 10 rankings for northeast Indiana's boys and girls basketball teams according to contributor Dan Vance.

Boys

1. Northrop (11-4): A win over Homestead was the icing on the cake for the Bruins, who look unbeatable in the SAC.

2. Homestead (13-2): The Spartans are playing with calm and confidence, but will need a nice bounce-back from the Northrop loss.

3. Blackhawk Christian (14-2): Frankie Davidson is having more fun, and a loose Davidson is a very good Davidson.

4. East Noble (13-2): Hayden Jones has found a scoring touch that he lacked early in the season, which is making East Noble deep.

5. Carroll (10-4): Winning at Snider with David Ejah on the bench was a big deal. The Chargers are demanding respect at this point.

6. Huntington North (13-3): Hank Pulver and Sawyer Stoltz are making a play to be considered the best duo in the NE8.

7. Snider (10-5): The Panthers are trying to put it all together and they showed good flashes even in a loss to Carroll last Friday.

8. Heritage (12-2): Cameron Mitchell is looking like he can establish himself as the ACAC's best player.

9. Norwell (10-5): The Knights suffered their first NE8 loss in the last week but bounced back big Monday with a win at New Haven.

10. Concordia (10-6): The Cadets have won three straight after a backslide. Could they be priming themselves for a postseason run?

Girls

1. Homestead (22-3): Freshman Ayanna Patterson is coming off one of her most dominating performances of the season.

2. Central Noble (22-0): Cougars are one of four unbeaten teams left in the state.

3. Bellmont (20-2): The first 20-win season in over two decades for the Braves has advanced them to the sectional semifinals.

4. South Side (15-7): Archers move one step closer to third game with Homestead after Tuesday's sectional win.

5. Norwell (19-4): A successful season for Norwell ends short of a title after losing to Bellmont on Tuesday.

6. Angola (17-6): Winners of 12 of their last 13 games, the Hornets are playing their best basketball of the season.

7. Bishop Luers (13-7): Kennedy Glenn has increased the Knights' post presence ahead of sectional play.

8. Concordia (15-6): The Cadets ended a losing streak and remain the favorites to repeat in their Class 3A Sectional.

9. Carroll (11-10): Even coming off a loss to also surging Snider, confidence is widespread that Chargers could win another sectional title.

10. Bishop Dwenger (11-9): The Saints have looked all year for someone to step up as a true leader. Molly Ream seems comfortable in that role.

– Records through Wednesday