The Cap Eight 4-A basketball season has already started, but there has been plenty of action and interesting storylines to discuss. Both the boys and girls conference seasons resumed this week after a number of teams participated, and performed well, in holiday tournaments. As we begin the new year, here are my power rankings for the girls side:
Millbrook (13-1): Coach Chris East said his entire team cried last week when the Wildcats fell to Charlotte Myers Park in the championship game of the Holiday Invitational. That’s a good sign. Millbrook had dominated every team it faced before that game, and now East shouldn’t have to worry about his Wildcats getting complacent. Briana Day played well in the tournament, but Millbrook should play better with Ryan Flowers and Katelyn Mitchell returning from suspensions.
Sanderson (9-3): The Spartans are near the bottom of the standings, but no one should overlook this team. Derricka Lewis (center of photo) is averaging 13 points a game and has improved her play from last year. Bria Gibson has also being solid with 10 points a game. Sanderson defeated Athens Drive for the third time this year to win the Athens Drive Invitational Tournament.
Enloe (9-4): Coach Pina Baker is enjoying this team, and you can see why. Although the Eagles loss Mykia Jones, who transferred to Millbrook this year, Enloe has surprised many by winning three straight games over Greater Neuse 4-A teams before securing a 56-55 win over Broughton at home Tuesday night. The Eagles can improve their conference record this week with a win over Wakefield.
Broughton (9-4): The Caps too won a holiday tournament. They traveled to win the Don Amos Holiday Classic in Graham, N.C. Broughton is second in the conference standings and is the only team so far in the conference to give Millbrook a scare. Coach Dayna Jordan has said the Caps have improved with the addition of sisters Kaila and Nadine Ealey, who both transferred from Word of God.
Wakefield (9-3): The Wolverines could be higher on this list, but they have struggled with consistency. Wakefield has been solid when it comes to rebounding, but the Wolverines have struggled at times shooting the basketball, which was evident in their 54-28 loss to Millbrook.
Wake Forest-Rolesville (2-7): The Cougars got a much-needed win over Garner last week. Wake Forest-Rolesville does have talent to pull off an upset, but they Cougars have a tough stretch coming up with Millbrook, Enloe and Wakefield.
Heritage (2-8): The Huskies are just in their second year playing varsity sports. Heritage has beaten Athens Drive and Cleveland. Jaysia Brown leads the team with 10 points a game.
Leesville Road (1-9): After starting the season with eight consecutive losses, the Pride did beat Apex 38-34 to get their first win. Kendall Kelley led the Pride with 19 points against Apex.