1. North Scott (9-1, LW: 1)

Winners of nine straight, the Class 4A eighth-ranked Lancers have a one-game lead over Pleasant Valley at the near midway point of the MAC race. Coach Shamus Budde's team hasn't yielded more than 50 points in the last eight contests. Corvon Seales is averaging a team-high 13.3 points a game.

Next up: Saturday at Wisconsin Dells; Tuesday vs. Clinton

2. Pleasant Valley (9-1, LW: 2)

Ranked 10th in Iowa Class 4A, the Spartans have won six straight. They've started 2018 with double-digit wins over Clinton and Davenport Central. Carter Duwa leads three players in double figures at 15 points per game. Coach Steve Hillman's team plays seven of its last 11 games on the road.

Next up: Today at Muscatine

3. Moline (13-4, LW: 3)

Junior Deonte Billups returned from a broken hand last week and helped the Maroons to victories over Alleman and Highland Park. Ranked 10th in Illinois Class 4A, Moline has three players averaging double figures — Billups, Brody Harding and Jeff McInnis — and a fourth close in Drew Wiemers.

Next up: Today at Galesburg; Saturday vs. Ottawa

4. Davenport West (7-3, LW: NR)

Coach Mark Bigler's team already has surpassed its win total from each of the past two seasons. Point guard Kenny Clay became the school's career assist leader in Tuesday night's home win over Clinton. The Falcons are shooting a MAC-best 51.4 percent from the field but are ninth in foul shooting (59.7).

Next up: Today at Burlington

5. Assumption (5-5, LW: NR)

The return of junior Dylan Peeters has given the Knights' offense a much-needed boost. Peeters had 20 points and eight rebounds in a win against Bettendorf last Friday followed by 17 points Tuesday in a victory over Muscatine. Assumption has won five of six following a 0-4 start.

Next up: Today at Davenport North; Tuesday vs. Alleman

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Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.