Daily Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Jan. 10
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The Northern Virginia Daily Sports staff collaborated to create a basketball top 10 list. Each staffer voted, with 10 points being awarded to the top ranked team, nine to the No. 2 team and so on. Numbers in parenthesis indicate where each team was last week.
1. Skyline (1) (10-1, 0-0 Northwestern) — Friday’s comeback win over Warren County could be the perfect spark for this team as they head into district play. Ryan Dyke continues to put up impressive numbers, leading the Hawks in both points and rebounds.
2. Handley (4) (4-2, 1-0 Northwestern) — Through just one slate of games, it’s obvious the Northwestern district crown is wide open. Handley got a huge night from Robbie Lawler in an overtime win against Millbrook. That victory could make a difference down the road.
3. Millbrook (2) (5-5, 0-1 Northwestern) — The loss to the Judges puts Millbrook back at .500, but there is too much talent on this squad to remain mediocre. Devin Call put up 38 points on Friday but it wasn’t enough to capture the team’s district opener.
4. Sherando (3) (5-7, 1-0 Northwestern) — Speaking of too much talent, the Warriors have plenty of it, but a lack of consistency continues to hamper Garland Williams’ boys on a day-to-day basis. They picked up a good win over James Wood, but the way they’ve been playing, that’s no guarantee for a smooth district ride.
5. Warren County (7) (5-5, 0-0 Evergreen) — What a heartbreaking loss to Skyline on Friday, a game in which the Wildcats led until the final moments. Still, a 2-1 week has this team heading in the right direction.
6. Clarke County (5) (6-5, 1-0 Bull Run) — It doesn’t matter in the district landscape, but the Eagles sure would like to have Saturday’s triple overtime loss to James Wood back. Ethan Emmart continues to lead the team with his shooting abilities.
7. James Wood (6) (3-7, 0-1 Northwestern) — That was a big win for the Colonels against Clarke County, but they’ll have to win games like that within their district if they want to have a shot at the playoffs. Tyler Murphy came up big for them off the bench.
8. Central (8) (4-5, 2-2 Shenandoah) — A hot start in the district has cooled off, as the Falcons dropped both of their games last week. It’s a tough district, no doubt, but there has to cause for concern. Seth Bauserman did have a team-high 22 points in a loss against Luray.
9. Strasburg (9) (3-6, 0-1 Bull Run) — A 1-1 split last week has the Rams in the same spot. Eight points from Jared Doman gave Strasburg a win over Stonewall Jackson.They play tough every week, it seems, but the wins don’t seem to be coming.
10. Stonewall Jackson (10) (0-10, 0-4 Shenandoah) — The Generals hung with rival Strasburg for a half, and in a season like this, that’s not a small victory. Hang in there, Stonewall. The good news is you can only go up from here.