GREEN BAY - Last week there were plenty of fireworks in boys and girls basketball and two teams supplying some of those moments were the top-ranked teams.
Little Chute puts its No. 1 ranking on the line against then-No. 2 Seymour in a nonconference boys games and the Mustangs showed why they are considered the best team in the area. The Mustangs disposed of the Thunder, 48-30, Turner Botz became Little Chute's all-time leading scorer and Kenneth Lowe threw down a monster dunk.
Meanwhile, in a battle for supremacy in the Fox River Classic Conference girls standings, No. 1 De Pere hosted then-No. 3 Bay Port and came away with a similar win as Little Chute's. Morgan Anderson established career-highs with 24 points and nine assists, while hitting all six of her 3-pointers as the Redbirds took care of Bay Port, 57-38.
Both teams showed why they are the No. 1 teams in the area.
- Seymour had a tough week: The Thunder lost twice, with the other loss coming to West De Pere, 66-63, on a 3-point buzzer-beater as the Phantoms took sole possession of first place in the Bay Conference.
- Pulaski has served notice it's a team to deal with in the FRCC: The Red Raiders beat Sheboygan North on Friday, following a win over De Pere the previous Friday. Cody Wichmann and Co. are a team nobody wants to play right now.
- Tough stretch for Bay Port: The Pirates have quite a week this week as they play No. 7 Ashwaubenon, No. 3 Pulaski and No. 6 West De Pere, and this is coming off a Friday loss against De Pere.
- Star player: Plenty to choose from, but Cody Schwartz's 3-pointer at the buzzer kept West De Pere perfect in the Bay. Schwartz, a sophomore, scored 23 points in the big win.
- Packerland flexing muscle: Of course Algoma and Kewaunee are ranked this week, but another Packerland team has joined the Top 11. Oconto has quietly put together a strong season and will get tested Tuesday against Kewaunee.
- Cross North, Manitowoc off list: Sheboygan North and Manitowoc looked like contenders in the FRCC two weeks ago, but not anymore. Once 10-1, 4-1, Sheboygan North has lost three straight games and is now 4-4 in the FRCC. Meanwhile, the Ships have lost their last two FRCC games and are now 5-4.
- Star player: Anderson picked the right time for a big game in a game with first place in the FRCC on the line. Since scoring a season-low two points, Anderson is averaging 15.8 points per game. She's playing big.
Boys FOX 11 Top11
1. Little Chute (14-1): Mustangs impressive in big win over Seymour. Last week: No. 1.
2. Neenah (13-2): Rockets get bottom two in FVA this week. Last week: No. 4
3. Pulaski (12-2): Red Raiders one of the hottest teams around right now. Last week: No. 5.
4. De Pere (12-2): Redbirds get big road win at Bay Port. Last week: No. 6
5. NEW Lutheran (16-0): Blazers get nice road win at Shiocton. Last week: No. 3.
6. West De Pere (11-1): Phantoms, Schwartz take Bay lead after beating Seymour at buzzer. Last week: No. 7.
7. Ashwaubenon (11-3): Jaguars hanging in FRCC race. Last week: No. 9.
8. Seymour (12-3): Thunder loses two high-profile games last week. Last week: No. 2.
9. Wrightstown (13-2): Tigers stay in Olympian race with narrow win over Valders. Last week: No. 10
10. Brillion (13-2): Lions still hold Olympian lead by one game. Last week: No. 11.
11. Sheboygan North (14-2): Golden Raiders have lost two of three games. Last week: No. 8.
Dropped out: None.
Top games this week
- Green Bay Southwest at (6)West De Pere: Aaron Moesch vs. Cody Schwartz? Should be fun.
- (7)Ashwaubenon at Bay Port: Pirates need a big win and this would be one.
- Bay Port at (3)Pulaski: Can Pirates slow down Pulaski on the road?
- Roncalli at (9)Wrightstown: Tigers need this to keep pace with Brillion.
- (6)West De Pere at Bay Port: Another tough one for Bay Port.
Girls FOX 11 Top 11
1. De Pere (14-0): Redbirds take control of FRCC with 19-point win over Bay Port. Last week: No. 1.
2. New London (13-0): Bulldogs allowing 26.1 points per game. Last week: No. 2
3. Kimberly (12-1): Papermakers maintain 2-game lead in FVA. Last week: No. 4.
4. Algoma (12-1): Wolves have next three at home until showdown at Kewaunee. Last week: No. 6.
5. Kewaunee (11-1): Six of last seven opponents have failed to reach 30 points. Last week: No. 7.
6. Bay Port (11-2): Pirates need to shake off loss to De Pere. Last week No. 3
7. Fox Valley Lutheran (12-1): Winning streak at 7 games for Foxes. Last week: No. 8
8. Xavier (14-1): Winning streak at 9 games for Hawks. Last week: No. 9.
9. Fond du Lac (12-2): Cardinals keeping an eye on Kimberly in FVA. Last week: No. 10.
10. Oconto (12-2): Laken James spearheading Oconto's push in the Packerland. Last week: unranked.
11. Oshkosh North (10-3): Brooklyn Schamens scores career-high 24 points in win against Wisconsin Rapids. Last week: unranked.
Dropped out: No. 5 Sheboygan North
(10-4); 0-2 last week. No. 11 Manitowoc (10-4), 1-2 last week.
Top games this week
- (8)Xavier at Appleton East: City rivalry game and Xavier's playing well.
- (11)Oshkosh North at Lourdes Academy: Another city rivalry game between two real good teams.
- (7)Kewaunee at (10)Oconto: Can Oconto make a statement?
- (8)Xavier at Little Chute: Xavier needs win to keep pace with Fox Valley Lutheran.
- Sheboygan North at (1)De Pere: Golden Raiders need a jolt but stopping De Pere will be tough.
- (11)Oshkosh North at (9) Fond du Lac: Both teams chasing Kimberly in the FVA.
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