Missouri Week 9 hoops rankings: McCluer rises, Rock Bridge tumbles

After games on Sunday, Feb. 5

With about two weeks of regular-season play, the Missouri high school basketball scene is entering a critical stretch. Momentum is always key entering the playoffs — just ask the New York Giants, or even defending Class 5 champ McCluer North. That's why several key matchups this week could prove critical in March.

McCluer, which moved to the No. 5 spot in this week's rankings, will look to gain some steam when it faces No. 7 Soldan on Friday. The Comets are riding a five-game win streak, but Soldan has been battle-tested of late, downing East St. Louis (Ill.) and CBC, which beat McCluer, before barely losing to a talented Whitney Young (Ill.) squad.

Rock Bridge welcomed back Travis Jorgenson last week after the star junior guard missed a month with a hand injury. But the Bruins lost in Jorgenson's first game back, as Raytown South's Earl Peterson went off for 31 points to send Rock Bridge to its second loss in four games. Whether the Bruins can reestablish their chemistry with Jorgenson and get back on track will be key come playoff time.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 19-1 (1)

Stars pushed win streak to 17 games with big win against Hazelwood Central. Next up: Riverview Gardens on Thursday.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 21-1 (2)

Golden Griffins downed Borgia and Washington on consecutive days. Tough stretch continues with Friday's contest against Nolan Berry and DeSmet.

3. Nixa 20-1 (3)

After blowing out Neosho by 40, the Eagles travel to Carthage on Tuesday.

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