Scotlandville and U-High boys, St. Michael and U-High girls top The Advocate’s basketball top 5 lists _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Riverside head coach Timmy Byrd, left, and Scotlandville head coach Carlos Sample, right, speak with a game official before tipoff, Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at Scotlandville High School in Baton Rouge, La.

Boys Top 5s

Classes 5A-4A

1. Scotlandville (15-1)

The Hornets have beaten all BR comers and are the EBR Parish champions again.

2. East Ascension (18-3)

Combination of guard play, experience powers EAHS.

3. Catholic (13-3)

The Bears won the Red Stick Classic last week.

4. Belaire (12-5)

Finishing third in EBR tourney among pluses for the 4A Bengals.

T5. Plaquemine (11-4), McKinley (10-6)

Class 4A PHS and 5A McKinley top a list of others worth watching.

On the outside looking in

Walker (13-4)

Zachary (11-6),

St. Amant (11-8)

Classes 3A and below

1. University (11-1)

The 3A Cubs won a national tourney last week and keep excelling.

2. Madison Prep (14-4)

Playing at a high level is nothing new for 2A Chargers.

3. Episcopal (12-2)

Winning simply continues for the 2A Knights.

4. Christian Life (13-1)

A loss to Parkview not withstanding, the 2A Crusaders are one of BR’s pleasant surprises.

5. Dunham (14-4)

The Tigers are another 2A team aiming for a stellar season.

On the outside looking in

Southern Lab (10-6),

Brusly (9-4),

Parkview Baptist (9-4),

Glen Oaks (9-7),

Baker (9-7)

Girls Top 5s

Classes 5A-4A

1. St. Michael (14-4)

SMHS of 4A is unbeaten against BR competition.

2. Denham Springs (15-2)

The 5A Yellow Jackets have their mojo back.

3. Walker (15-6)

A solid start for a 5A power with a revamped lineup.

4. Zachary (14-7)

The 5A Broncos have huge upside.

5. Live Oak (13-5)

Eagles of 5A are enjoying a breakout season so far.

On the outside looking in

St. Amant (13-7),

McKinley (12-8),

Belaire (9-5)

Classes 3A and below

1. University (10-6)

Strong schedule nothing new for defending 3A champions.

2. Albany (14-5)

The 3A Hornets, a traditional power, are looking good.

3. Madison Prep (15-2)

The 2A Chargers are talented and have played well.

4. Southern Lab (15-3)

SLHS of 1A looks to reclaim statewide prominence.

5. Donaldsonville (11-4)

Challenges in 6-3A await the resurgent Tigers.

On the outside looking in

Port Allen (12-6), Dunham (12-7), Parkview Baptist (10-9),

Episcopal (9-7)

Records through Sunday