Ridgeway (Memphis, Tenn.)
is the perfect example of just how tough it is to finish the season ranked among the top 25 high school basketball teams in the country.
The Roadrunners (31-2) had an unbelievable 2011-12 campaign, beating rival powerhouse Southwind (Memphis)
two out of three times along with victories over teams from Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi and Missouri. Head coach Wes Henning's club even knocked off Kevin Boyle and Montverde Academy (Fla.)
at the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest in January.
Yet the Memphis school will be hard-pressed to finish the season in MaxPreps.com's Xcellent 25 presented by the Army National Guard
Tuesday night, Ridgeway – ranked No. 7 nationally in the Xcellent 25 – fell to Memphis Central
in the Region 8-AAA semifinals, ending a magical 13-game win streak and a season prematurely in the eyes of the Roadrunners.
It says a lot about basketball in Memphis that a team of Ridgeway's caliber is ousted in the round of 32 by a team that probably wasn't considered one of the five best in the city entering the season.Another tough ending
No. 21 Olympic (Charlotte, N.C.)
began the season 25-0 but like Ridgeway saw its championship dreams shattered Tuesday night.
Defending Class 4A champ West Charlotte
hammered the Trojans 78-57 in a regional semifinal matchup, getting a big effort from junior big man Kennedy Meeks
(20 points, 13 rebounds according to the Charlotte Observer
).Texas-sized 5A showdown
No. 2 Marcus (Flower Mound)
dominated its regional quarterfinal (round of 32) matchup with Mansfield Timberview (Arlington)
on Tuesday night in Texas' 5A classification, 78-56.
Next up for the Marauders is perennial power North Crowley (Fort Worth)
, 32-4 overall and winners of 18 in a row.
Marcus, the defending 5A champs, is riding its own 17-game win streak and in the midst of one of the state's all-time great runs. Behind senior guards Marcus Smart
and Phil Forte
, the Marauders are 109-6 over the past three seasons.
North Crowley and Marcus meet Friday.