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Cane Ridge senior Ja'Lynn Lawrence (4) scores in a 65-38 win over Walker Valley on Monday night.

Welcome back to Main Street Preps’ Fab 15 Midstate boys basketball power rankings.

Here’s a look at how Nashville-area and Midstate teams stack up 1-15, across all classes.

1. Cane Ridge (25-6): This marks the first time the Ravens have reached the top spot all season. While the move was aided by both Brentwood Academy and Beech picking up their first losses, Cane Ridge earned the nod by winning its first six postseason games by an average margin of nearly 30 points.

Last week’s record, ranking: 3-0, No. 3

Next game: Wednesday, March 16 vs. Bearden in Class 4A tournament (at MTSU)

2. Beech (34-1): The Buccaneers’ first loss wasn’t too costly. Beech fell to Lebanon in the Region 5-4A title game last week but bounced back on Monday with a 54-49 win at Ravenwood to advance to its first state tournament since 2010.

Last week’s record, ranking: 2-1, No. 2

Next game: Wednesday, March 16 vs. Bartlett in Class 4A tournament (at MTSU)

3. Brentwood Academy (30-1): On the other hand, the Eagles’ first loss couldn’t have come at a worse time. Knoxville Catholic dealt Brentwood Academy a 63-55 defeat in the Division II-AA semifinals last Thursday to end the Eagles’ season.

Last week’s record, ranking: 0-1, No. 1

Next game: season over

4. Clarksville (26-2): JJ Wheat keeps finding ways to add to his legacy. The senior guard dropped a game-high 31 points in an 84-75 win over Memphis East on Monday, helping the Wildcats punch their return trip to Murfreesboro. He also notched his 2,000th career point.

Last week’s record, ranking: 3-0, No. 5

Next game: Wednesday, March 16 vs. Lebanon in Class 4A tournament (at MTSU)

5. East Nashville (28-3): Can anyone in Class 2A stop the Eagles? It’s looking less likely after Jaylen Jones and Jarrod Taylor combined for nearly 40 points in a 69-32 sectional win over Jackson County on Monday. Jones hit five 3-pointers in the second quarter alone.

Last week’s record, ranking: 3-0, No. 6

Next game: Tuesday, March 15 vs. Summertown in Class 2A tournament (at MTSU)

6. Lebanon (28-6): The Blue Devils have an argument to be higher on this list after downing Beech 49-46 for the Region 5-4A title last Thursday. But it might be better for senior forward Yarin Alexander and company to enter the state tournament with less of a target on their back than Beech or Cane Ridge.

Last week’s record, ranking: 3-0, No. 9

Next game: Wednesday, March 16 vs. Clarksville (at MTSU)

7. Lipscomb Academy (18-13): Mustang Magic finally ran out in the DII-AA semifinals, where Lipscomb Academy fell to eventual state champion Christian Brothers 58-52. The Mustangs finished their Cinderella postseason run with wins over Father Ryan, Ensworth, Pope Prep and Briarcrest Christian.

Last week’s record, ranking: 0-1, No. 7

Next game: season over

8. Goodpasture (29-6): What the Cougars accomplished after four-star guard Isaiah West tore his ACL was remarkable. Although Goodpasture fell short to FACS in the DII-A title game, nearly its entire playing rotation – including West – is set to return next year.

Last week’s record, ranking: 1-1, No. 8

Next game: season over

9. Ravenwood (23-10): Ravenwood’s exit showed just how hard it can be to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament. After beating Independence 59-55 for the Region 6-4A title last Thursday, Ravenwood fell just short in a five-point sectional loss to Beech on Monday.

Last week’s record, ranking: 2-1, No. 12

Next game: season over

10. Independence (25-9): The good news for Indy fans is that their team is back in the Fab 15 rankings. The bad news is that the Eagles’ season ended with a 65-57 loss to Lebanon in the sectionals.

Last week’s record, ranking: 1-2, NR

Next game: season over

11. Pope Prep (20-10): The Knights saw their season end with a 59-53 loss at Briarcrest Christian in the first round of the DII-AA state tournament on Feb. 23.

Last week’s record, ranking: 0-0, No. 13

Next game: Season over

12. Columbia (25-4): Q Martin's 24 points weren't enough for the Lions in a nightmare Region 6-4A semifinal loss to Independence. Columbia committed 16 turnovers in the 75-46, season-ending defeat.

Last week’s record, ranking: 0-1, No. 4

Next game: season over

13. Ensworth (21-7): The Tigers fell victim to Lipscomb Academy 75-63 in the DII-AA Middle Region semifinals on Feb. 15, ending their season.

Last week’s record, ranking: 0-0, No. 14

Next game: Season over

14. Clay County (20-6): Mr. Basketball finalist and Tennessee Tech signee Grant Strong wasn’t going to be denied a trip to state in his final high school season. He scored 27 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 75-38 blowout win over Chattanooga Prep in the sectionals.

Last week’s record, ranking: 3-0, No. 15

Next game: Thursday, March 17 vs. North Greene in Class 1A tournament (at MTSU)

15. Coffee County (24-9): Surprise! The Red Raiders are state bound after defeating Stewarts Creek 57-50 on Monday. Coffee County enters as perhaps the biggest longshot in the Class 4A field, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t capable of being a bracket-buster.

Last week’s record, ranking: 3-0, NR

Next game: Wednesday, March 16 vs. Dobyns-Bennett in Class 4A tournament (at MTSU)

Dropped out: No. 10 Clarksville Academy (23-13), No. 11 Franklin (25-8)

Just missed: East Robertson (24-6), York Institute (26-7)

Russell Vannozzi is the sports editor for Main Street Preps and Main Street Nashville. Vannozzi, a 2019 Lipscomb University graduate, was previously the sports editor for the Robertson County Connection. He has won multiple TPA and TSWA awards.

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