The first basketball rankings for N.C. high school teams have been released by NCPreps.com and Beddingfield debuted at No. 5 in the 3-A girls poll.
The Lady Bruins collected 42 votes in the list released last week. South Central, which lost to Beddingfield in the 3-A Eastern Regional final last March, is No. 1 with 7 of 8 first-place votes while Hickory is second and defending champion Concord is third with Western Harnett coming in fourth.
With Tuesday's 57-50 loss in the Eastern Carolina Classic holiday tournament, I expect Beddingfield to dip in the next poll, which will be out either Monday or Tuesday. The question is, will Fike be ranked now?
In the 3-A boys poll, Kinston is ranked No. 1. No surprise there. The Vikings are the favorites to repeat as state champions. But what is surprising is Charles B. Aycock collecting two votes under the Honorable Mention category. Nice work for the Falcons, now 10-3 after losing to North Lenoir on Friday night. CBA won two games last season and none the year before.
NCPreps.com girls basketball rankings
NCPreps.com boys basketball rankings