Over the course of the next several weeks, many of Northeast Ohio's finest high school basketball teams will go toe-to-toe on the hardwood as they compete to advance in tournament play.

But the anticipation of these marquee matchups is getting to us and we just can't wait any longer! That is why we've decided to ask you - our loyal site visitors and fans - to vote in the poll below and to tell us which area boys or girls hoops squad has proven to be the best this season.

The poll includes all area teams listed in the latest Associated Press state media polls. Think another team is more deserving? Select the "Other" option and then tell us in the comments section at the bottom of the story which team you'd like to vote for and why.

After voting, feel free to state your reasoning for your vote in a comment to this story. Sharing your thoughts may help the team you selected collect even more votes as others read what you have to say.