By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
In a tough week, there’s a newly crowned team at the top spot of this week’s poll, released by the Associated Press Monday. Here’s this week’s breakdown:
LOOKING BACK: For a week that saw some shakeups, here’s how it happened. No. 1 Westside played three games back-to-back-to-back against worthy opponents. Westside lost the first contest, a 49-43 decision to No. 1 AAA Parkersburg South, before losing their second straight to No. 3 Summers County, 59-48. Westside was, however, able to bounce back for a win over Shady Spring on Saturday. In addition to its win over Westside, Summers County beat Shady Spring to go 2-0 on the week. In another big game, No. 6 Sissonville toppled No. 7 Scott, 57-49. All other teams were able to pick up wins, including No. 2 Fairmont Senior and No. 4 North Marion winning all of theirs.
NEW TOP DOG: With Westiside’s losses, many thought that they could possibly stay at the top spot considering who it lost to. But that wasn’t the case. In a surprising move, No. 2 Fairmont Senior wasn’t able to make the jump to the top spot despite blowing out each of its opponents. Instead, it was Summers County which made the leap to number one. Summers County is undefeated at 13-0 while the Lady Polar Bears sit at 13-1.
MOVING UP/FALLING DOWN: Other than the moves in the top three spots, the bottom half of the poll saw some new moves. Lincoln dropped from fifth to sixth, Clay County moved up from eighth to seventh, Scott dropped from seventh to eighth and PikeView and Keyser switched spots, putting Keyser ninth and PikeView tenth.
BIG 10 STAYING HOT: Two teams from the Big 10 remain in the top five, with Lincoln now at six. Fairmont Senior hasn’t lost since its first game of the season against AAA Morgantown and sits at 13-1. North Marion hasn’t lost since losing to AAA Wheeling Park in December and sits at 14-2, riding a nine-game winning streak. Lincoln falling down a spot was no fault of its own, as the Lady Cougars haven’t lost since December 12 and have won seven straight.
BIG MATCHUPS: No. 1 Summers County began its reign at the top by walloping to No. 8 Scott. Summers County will also play No. 9 PikeView on Thursday. No. 4 North Marion easily has the toughest week out of teams in the top ten, beginning today, weather permitting, when the Lady Huskies host No. 2 Fairmont Senior. They’ll also host No. 6 Lincoln on Thursday. No. 3 Westside and AAA No. 8 Logan, which was originally scheduled for Monday, will also play tonight.
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