SBLive Small School Girls Basketball Rankings: Jackson Prep moves up to No. 4

Every Monday during the 2020-2021 girls basketball season, SBLive will rank the Top 10 small school girls basketball teams in Mississippi.

Here are the small school girls basketball rankings for Jan. 11, as compiled by SBLive Sports reporter Tyler Cleveland.

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1. Belmont (17-1)

Last week: No. 1

The Cardinals went 3-0 last week, slipping by a feisty Kossuth team 49-46 before thrashing Nettleton and Red Bay (Alabama).

2. New Site (18-1)

Last week: No. 2

The Royals’ train kept on rolling last week with a 67-57 win over Booneville and a 75-32 walk over Baldwyn in the Prentiss County Tournament.

3. Pillow Academy (12-3)

Last week: No. 3

The Mustangs hold December wins over Jackson Prep, Hartfield Academy and Oxford. Last week, they opened district play with a 70-35 win over Magnolia Heights and a 53-27 win over Bayou Academy.

4. Jackson Prep (15-2)

Last week: No. 5

The Patriots had a good road trip to Hattiesburg for a 45-25 win over Presbyterian Christian and beat Hartfield Academy 41-34 at home last week. We’ve got the Jan. 22 game against Jackson Academy circled.

5. West Lincoln (10-0)

Last week: No. 6

The Bears outscored Loyd Star 14-0 to get a 67-53 win to open region play, then beat Bogue Chitto 57-50 Friday night. West Lincoln is rolling headed into region games against Wesson and Enterprise this week.

6. Leake Academy (17-2)

Last week: No. 7

The Rebels ran their winning streak to seven games last week with wins over Lamar, Heritage Academy and Simpson Academy. They look like a threat to win the MAIS Overall Tournament.

7. Calhoun City (10-0)

Last week: No. 8

Calhoun City’s 57-33 win over Bruce kept them perfect through 10 games. The Wildcats may be a threat to run away with Region 2-2A.

8. Jackson Academy (18-1)

Last week: No. 9

The Raiders handled business in a 65-54 win over Hillcrest Christian to start the week, then whipped Copiah Academy 55-28 Friday. They’re back in action against Presbyterian Christian Tuesday, with a big game against Jackson Prep looming on Jan. 22.

9. Union (15-3)

Last week: No. 10

The Yellowjackets bounced back from their last loss in 2020 to Jackson Academy by picking up solid wins over Scott Central and Newton County last week. They’ll hit the road twice this week — at Lake and at Newton.

10. Senatobia (10-4)

Last week: NR

The Warriors lost to some good teams earlier in the year, but we’re convinced they are among the best teams in the state after completing the season sweep of region-mate Independence with last week’s 45-43 win.

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