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Beyond the Scoreboard: Top 10 Basketball Poll

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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