After games on Sunday, Feb. 26
Following several surprising district round developments, the Sweet 16 kicks off for the remaining Class 4 and 5 teams this Wednesday.
McCluer North kept up its winning ways, holding off McCluer in the Class 5, District 8 finals behind Jordon Granger's 25 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to vault to No. 45 in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings. The Stars will continue their trek to defend their state title against Fort Zumwalt South on Wednesday. But get this — should the Stars win, it could mean a quarterfinal matchup with No. 2 Vianney, which meets Troy Buchanan on Wednesday.
A similarly huge quarterfinal matchup could take place on the other side of the Class 5 bracket should the seeds hold true. A win for Nixa and Rock Bridge would mean a rematch of their season opener, when Rock Bridge handed Nixa its lone loss of the season.
One Class 5 team to watch out for is CBC. The Cadets knocked off Webster Groves in last week's district final and have played Vianney in each of their three regular-season matchups.
Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):
1. McCluer North (Florissant) 24-1 (1)
Stars continue to roll, stretching their win streak to 22 games by holding off rival McCluer in the Class 5, District 8 final. The drive to defend their state title begins Wednesday against Fort Zumwalt South.
2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 26-1 (2)
Golden Griffins took care of business en route to the Class 5, District 5 tournament crown. A first-round win against Troy-Buchanan on Wednesday could mean a huge quarterfinal matchup with top-ranked McCluer North on Saturday.
3. Nixa 27-1 (3)
Eagles breezed through the Class 5, District 11 tournament. They face the Webb City in Wednesday's sectional round and a win could mean a quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 Rock Bridge, the only team to beat Nixa this season.