MOBERLY -- The first Missouri state high school regular-season basketball rankings have been released with several local schools being recognized by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
In Class 4, the Dexter Lady Bearcats are ranked number one with a 12-0 record. The Lady Bearcats are coming off winning the Lady Royals Holiday Classic and have only had one opponent play them within 10 points all season.
On the boys side, Sikeston is number nine with a record of 8-2. The Bulldogs recently finished fifth in the always-tough Poplar Bluff Showdown and has also claimed first place in the SEMO Conference Tournament.
In Class 3, the New Madrid County Central boys are number seven with a 6-4 record. The Eagles have a second place finish in the SEMO Conference Tournament and two of their four losses have come at the hands of state-ranked Sikeston.
The Kelly Lady Hawks are number 10 in the Class 3 girls rankings. The Lady Hawks have a record of 7-1 with their only loss coming to state-ranked Portageville Friday in the Lady Royals Holiday Classic. Kelly rebounded from the loss and defeated state-ranked Naylor in the third place game of the tournament.
The Portageville Lady Bulldogs, fresh off their second place finish in the Lady Royals Holiday Classic, are ranked second in Class 2. Portageville trailed state-ranked Dexter by only three points in the finals of the Lady Royals Holiday Classic before succumbing to a strong fourth quarter finish by the Lady Bearcats.
The Portageville boys are also ranked in Class 2, coming in at number five with an 8-1 record. Their only loss of the season was to the Bernie Mules in the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament championship game last week. Bernie is ranked third in Class 2 with a 10-1 record.
The Scott County Central boys are ranked second in Class 1 with a record of 11-1. The Braves recently rolled through the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament and are only ranked behind last year's state champion Jefferson squad.
The Risco Tigers also cracked the rankings, coming in at number eight with a 7-1 record.
In the Class 1 girls rankings, Naylor is fourth with a record of 5-2 while Delta is eighth with a record of 4-2.