The latest NCPreps.com state high school basketball polls are out and Beddingfield inched up from sixth back to fifth, the spot in which the Lady Bruins debuted in the 3-A girls poll.
The rankings were released Monday (I know, I know, I'm three days late) so they clearly don't take into account Beddingfield's second loss to Fike on Monday night. The Lady Golden Demons are still getting no love from the voters as they are unranked and received zero votes.
South Central is atop the 3-A girls poll while (big surprise) Kinston continues to rule the 3-A boys rankings.
NCPreps.com high school basketball rankings for Jan. 12, 2009
Also, NCPreps.com is publishing statistics for girls and boys basketball and a few area players made the lists. I guess you could say Fike senior Jeremy Atkinson "made the list" since he's second in the state in scoring with a 27.1 average (again these stats were released prior to Fike's consecutive games against Beddingfield and Hunt on Monday and Tuesday).
However, those numbers are only good through eight games. On Fike's Maxpreps.com team site, Atkinson's updated scoring average is 24.4 which is still pretty ding-dang good and among the best in the state.
On the girls side, Beddingfield junior Casey Elliott is listed third in assists through 13 of the Lady Bruins' 15 games.
SouthWest Edgecombe junior Ny'Neka Euwell is fifth in rebounding with an 11.8 average but the Lady Cougars' Maxpreps.com site has her at 12 rebounds per game.
Ny'Neka is the younger sister of Linwan Euwell, a University of North Carolina football player and the 2007 WDT Athlete of the Year. Keep an eye on her.
By the way, thanks to Fike varsity head coaches George Drawhorn and John Gay, SouthWest Edgecombe's Sandra Langley as well as the other coaches in the area who put their boys and girls stats online. It sure does make my job a lot easier and helps to publicize their teams. I wish all the coaches would use this free feature.
NCPreps.com high school boys basketball statistics
NCPreps.com high school girls basketball statistics