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The Journal Gazette

Friday, February 08, 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 (12-4): The Bruins have a chance to clinch an SAC title tonight at home against Carroll.

2. Homestead (14-2): After a 10-day layoff, Homestead got back on the winning track this week.

3. Blackhawk Christian (16-2): Caleb Furst's ability to score at a high percentage is fueling the Braves.

4. East Noble (15-2): The Knights can clinch an outright NE8 title tonight at home against New Haven. They have not lost a NE8 game since Feb. 10, 2016.

5. Carroll (12-4): Dan McKeeman's reemergence is at the perfect time. He hit a school record nine 3-pointers Tuesday.

6. Huntington North (14-3): The Vikings are likely playing for second in the conference tonight at Norwell, led by IUPUI recruit Sawyer Stoltz.

7. Snider (12-6): The Panthers are winning with defense. They won back-to-back games last weekend.

8. Heritage (14-2): The Patriots remain a balanced scoring team as they head into a game tonight against Jay County that will decide the ACAC championship.

9. Norwell (11-6): More guys stepping up behind Will Geiger, as Levi Leidig did this week, will allow Norwell to push its limits.

10. Concordia (10-7): Things are not lost for the Cadets, but they are certainly in a very challenging part of their schedule.

Girls

1. Homestead (24-3): The Spartans won their fifth Class 4A sectional in five years and will face Zionsville on Saturday in the Kokomo Regional.

2. Central Noble (25-0): The Cougars remain one of four unbeaten teams in the state as they try to defend their Class 2A regional title Saturday at Winamac, beginning with Hammond Bishop Noll in the semifinal. Central Noble has won a school-best three straight sectional titles.

3. Angola (20-6): The Hornets won their second sectional title in program history, propelled by Hanna Knoll.

4. Carroll (14-10): The Chargers have won four of their last five, and Malia Williams scored a career-best 32 points in Monday's sectional final win over Northrop.

5. West Noble (18-5): The Chargers have won their last two games by five points. Winning a sectional title on Monday ended a 31-year drought.

6. Bluffton (13-11): Back-to-back sectional champions for the first time in program history, Bluffton is led by balanced scoring from Emme Boots, Grace Miller and Olivia King.

7. Fremont (16-8): The Eagles' first sectional title since 2012 came Tuesday with a win over Elkhart Christian.

– Records through Wednesday