As long as I can remember, the 5* node in SCL 7 was always low point values. SCL 8 is a different story.
You're almost getting as many points as me in scl9. My 5 cover wasp is just a useless boat anchor. Absolutely adding nothing to the fight. Anyone with a stronger wasp finding her at all useful? I'm basically fighting 3 ~80k enemies with two live bodies.
Originally the 5E node had the same Points in all SCLs... So people started slumming in SCL 7 to get lots of Points fast and get good Alliance rewards. That's why it changed so the Points in SCL 7 are lower.
The good news is the 5E node Points aren't included when final progression level is calculated.