SportStars NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings | Jan. 31
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With All 20 Teams Taking Care Of Business Last Seek, The NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings Go Unchanged Before A Week Of Big Matchups •
NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings
All records are through Monday, Jan. 30. Previous rank in parenthesis. Records obtained through MaxPreps.com
PICTURED ABOVE: Gabriella Biittner Of No. 19 Colfax. (Jordan Georgeson photo/Twitter)
1. (1) Piedmont 20-0
2. (2) Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 18-2
3. (3) Folsom 18-2
4. (4) St. Mary’s-Stockton 18-8
5. (5) Salesian-Richmond 20-4
6. (6) Oakland Tech 18-5
7. (7) Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F. 17-2
8. (8) Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa 17-6
9. (9) San Ramon Valley-Danville 21-3
10. (10) Acalanes-Lafayette 15-6
11. (11) Carondelet-Concord 19-4
12. (12) Antelope 20-3
13. (13) Vanden-Fairfield 17-7
14. (14) McClatchy-Sacramento 19-5
15. (15) Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland 13-6
16. (16) Heritage-Brentwood 18-4
17. (17) Pleasant Valley-Chico 21-3
18. (18) Pinole Valley 16-8
19. (19) Colfax 21-2
20. (20) Marin Catholic-Kentfield 18-5
DROPPED OUT: None
5 TEAMS KNOCKING:
Christian Brothers-Sacramento (22-2), Los Gatos (16-3), Palo Alto (14-4), St. Francis-Sacramento (17-4) and St. Patrick-St. Vincent-Vallejo (18-5)
All quiet on the ranking front this week, as there were no upsets and thus no changes in the top 20. But next week’s rankings might look somewhat different, as there are several upcoming games that could shake things up a bit.
Going chronologically, No. 2 Archbishop Mitty heads to No. 7 Sacred Heart Cathedral Wednesday, with the status of Morgan Cheli still in doubt. Perhaps the best player in Northern California, Cheli hasn’t played for more than two months due to a foot injury — but her status has been more day-to-day lately than week-to-week.
Another big game Wednesday will remove one team from “Knocking on the Door” status, as 16-3 Palo Alto travels to 14-4 Los Gatos in a rematch of a January game won by Los Gatos. But even that league matchup won’t match the intensity of East Bay Athletic League archrivals Monte Vista-Danville (18-4) and No. 9 San Ramon Valley-Danville (21-3). That one will be at Monte Vista, and would be hotly contested even if they were 4-18 and 3-21.
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No. 15 Bishop O’Dowd hosts No. 4 St. Mary’s of Stockton on Saturday, as the young Dragons look for a signature win, while unranked but still dangerous Pinewood-Los Altos Hills will visit No. 8 Cardinal Newman that same evening.
No. 6 Oakland Tech, noted for playing anyone anywhere any time, has added a visit to No. 11 Carondelet to its schedule on Monday, and then No. 1 Piedmont hosts Bishop O’Dowd on Tuesday in a league game that looks to be the last test for the Highlanders before postseason.
And yes, postseason is right around the corner, as potential seedings and possible brackets are already hot topics among coaches, players and fans. More on all that drama next week.
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