Howard held on to the top spot, while a pair of District 5-AAA teams, Cleveland and Ooltewah, moved up to Nos. 2 and 4, respectively.
The Hustlin’ Tigers have established themselves as the team to beat in District 6-AA. They’ve already beaten No. 5 Tyner (64-47) and No. 3 Brainerd (54-51), and Howard rolled to a 27-point rout over East Ridge on Tuesday evening.
The Blue Raiders haven’t been beaten yet this this season, and they haven’t even been tested since their 63-61 win at Bradley Central on Nov. 30. That’ll change Friday evening when Cleveland hosts No. 4 Ooltewah.
The Panthers’ record isn’t flashy, but their four losses this season have been to top-notch competition, including No. 1 Howard (6-0), Science Hill (14-1) and Austin-East (7-2.) Brainerd’s tough schedule continues Friday when it hosts No. 5 Tyner.
Since their season-opening loss to East Ridge, the Owls have outscored opponents by an average of 15 points. Tuesday’s come-from-behind victory over District 5-AAA Bradley Central was much closer, but Ooltewah still captured its sixth straight victory.
Tyner’s loss to No. 1 Howard snapped a four-game winning streak, but the Rams rebounded with a lopsided win over No. 8 Central on Tuesday evening. Tyner is 5-0 on the season when it holds its opponents to under 61 points, and 0-3 when it has allowed 62 or more.
The Blue Tornado finally made it to .500 with Tuesday’s 58-48 win over Hamilton Heights Christian. McCallie, which handed No. 9 Notre Dame its first loss last week, have won two straight and will travel to North Cobb (Ga.) on Saturday.
The Pounders had their three-game winning streak snapped with Tuesday’s 60-48 loss to Tyner — its first double-digit defeat of the season — but not before Central got a little revenge against Notre Dame. The Irish edged the Pounders 54-52 in their season opener, but Central captured a 74-67 over ND on Tuesday.
The season is just starting to heat up for the Red Raiders, who suffered their first loss of the season at Walker Valley on Tuesday. Baylor, which has a pair of wins over middle Tennessee schools Lancaster Christian Academy and Franklin Road Academy on the season, fell to the Mustangs 51-46.
The Fighting Irish have cooled off since its impressive start under first-year head coach J.P. Nerbun. Notre Dame, which started the season 5-0, suffered three straight losses to Bledsoe County, McCallie and Central. The Irish got back on track Tuesday with a win over Red Bank, and it hosts Knoxville Catholic on Saturday.