Note: All records are through Dec. 12
1. Butler (4-0)
Previous ranking: No. 1
Senior guard D.J. Little scored 28 points, including five 3-pointers, Dec. 5 to lead the Bulldogs over Rocky River in a 77-72 win. Classmate Gerrale Gates added 21 points to the effort. Bring on Independence!
2. Carmel Christian (10-0)
Previous ranking: No. 2
Carmel Christian went 10 days without any games, so teams like Hickory Grove Christian and Gaston Day are hoping the Cougars come out rusty.
3. Providence Day (5-3)
Previous ranking: No. 3
Hard to drop Providence Day down the list when they are playing nationally ranked teams. While the Chargers lost by 35 points Dec. 9, the loss came at the hands of Montverde Academy, ranked third in the country, according to MaxPreps.com.
4. Independence (3-0)
Previous ranking: No. 6
Independence continues to pummel teams on its way to undefeated archrival Butler (barring upset) on Dec. 15. Andra’ McKee broke out for 35 points against Hickory Ridge. He shot 6-for-7 from 3-point land.
5. Charlotte Christian (7-3)
Previous ranking: No. 4
Charlotte Christian has lost three of its last four games and faces the prospect of playing three games in four days, beginning Dec. 15.
6. Rocky River (4-2)
Previous ranking: No. 5
Rocky River rebounded from a five-point loss to Butler on Dec. 8 with a 23-point win over Myers Park four days later. Jaden Springer sets the pace for the squad with 24.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game.
7. Ardrey Kell (6-1)
Previous ranking: No. 7
Senior guard David Kasanganay had his second best scoring outing of the season with 26 points in a 64-47 win against Providence. The Knights also defeated West Meck.