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Beyond the Scoreboard: Top 10 Basketball Poll

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Isaiah Pruett is the leader of the Reynolds offense. (Photo courtesy Isaiah Pruett)

With two weeks left in the regular season before conference tournaments commence, let’s take a look at Western North Carolina’s top high-school basketball teams.

BOYS

1.Mountain Heritage (18-1)

Cougars have won 14 straight and on pace to win Western Highlands Conference regular-season title.

2.Christ School (18-8)

Greenies have won 8 of their last nine games under new coach Jeff Depelteau, who took over during the season.

3.North Buncombe (15-3)

Black Hawks the favorite to win the Western Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season title.

4.McDowell (16-4)

Titans battling Freedom and Hickory in challenging Northwestern 4A/3A Conference.

5.Cherokee (11-3)

Braves have won eight straight under first-year coach Aaron Hogner after getting late start due to football playoffs.

6.Hendersonville (14-5)

Bearcats battling Pisgah for Mountain Six title behind talented big man Ben Beeker.

7.Reynolds (14-3)

Fiery point guard Isaiah Pruett leads coach Ryan Stevens’ high-octane offense.

8.Asheville Christian Academy (13-7)

Veteran coach Andy Ray has played a challenging non-conference schedule.

9.Avery County (15-4)

UNC Asheville commit Deacon Heath leads Vikings’ effort for fifth straight Western Highlands title.

10.Hayesville (16-4)

Father-son, coach-player combo of Mike and Josh Cottrell leads Yellow Jackets.

GIRLS

1.Mountain Heritage (18-1)

Coach Susie Shelton, one of WNC’s top players back in the day, has her team ranked No. 4 in the state among 2A schools.

2.Smoky Mountain (18-1)

Coach Heather Klipa is 45-4 in her second season directing the Mustangs.

3.Murphy (17-1)

WNC’s longest winning streak (16 in a row) belongs to the Bulldogs.

4.Asheville Christian Academy (19-1)

Impressive win against Carolina Day the highlight so far this season.

5.Carolina Day (13-6)

Tough non-conference schedule for seven-time defending state champions.

6.Erwin (11-6)

Warriors are 9-1, tied for first in Western Mountain Athletic Conference race with Tuscola.

7.Tuscola (14-4)

All four losses are against teams in this poll.

8.Pisgah (12-7)

Sugar Bears have played tough against a challenging schedule.

9.Enka (11-7)

Young team that is only going to get better and better.

10.East Henderson (14-5)

Scrappy team overachieving with just an eight-player roster.

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