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SportStars NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings | Top 20, Jan. 14

NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings, Kennedy Johnson

Jan. 14: Bishop O’Dowd Becomes The New No. 2 In The NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings After Knocking Off St Mary’s-Stockton •

NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings

Records through 1/11; Previous rank in parenthesis

1. (1)  —  Archbishop Mitty-San Jose   11-3

2. (6)   ↑   Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland   8-4

3. (4)   ↑   St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda   8-3

4. (10)   ↑   Menlo School-Atherton   11-1

5. (2)       St. Mary’s-Stockton   8-3

6. (5)       Salesian-Richmond   12-1

7. (3)       Pinewood-Los Altos Hills   11-1

8. (8)   —   Miramonte-Orinda   14-2

9. (7)       Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa   15-2

10. (14)   ↑   Laguna Creek-Elk Grove   16-1

11. (11)   —   McClatchy-Sacramento   16-2

12. (12)   —   Antelope   12-2

13. (13)   —   Folsom   12-4

14. (15)   ↑   Heritage-Brentwood   8-3

15. (16)   ↑   American-Fremont   13-1

16. (17)   ↑   San Ramon Valley-Danville   13-3

17. (18)   ↑   San Leandro   13-2

18. (19)   ↑   West Campus-Sacramento   8-2

19. (NR)   ↑   Oakland Tech   8-7

20. (20)   —   Franklin-Elk Grove   12-4

DROPPED OUT:

No. 9 Presentation-San Jose

5 TEAMS KNOCKING (alphabetically):

Mission San Jose-Fremont (13-2), Presentation-San Jose (12-2), St. Ignatius-San Francisco (12-3), St. Mary’s-Berkeley (12-4) and Vanden-Fairfield (12-3).

FAST BREAKDOWN

Only the deeply cold-hearted could find a way to be upset with Menlo School’s ecstatic celebration after beating Pinewood 47-46 last week — and no, it’s not because Menlo’s players were so excited to make the SportStars’ Top 10. Pinewood’s domination of the West Bay Athletic League has been complete and unchallenged since 2013, when Doc Scheppler’s team lost to Eastside Prep-East Palo Alto, then a state power.

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Last year, for example, Pinewood’s closest WBAL game was a 23-point win – and the Los Altos Hills private school beat Menlo by 39 and 27. In 2018, Pinewood hammered Menlo by 49 and 47; in 2017, it was 48 and 32. So jumping around after a regular-season win, though frowned on by picky purists, certainly seems justified.

That upset was the biggest news of the week, though Lynbrook’s shocker over previously No. 9 Presentation was right up there. (And note that St. Ignatius made it a really bad week for Presentation by rolling to a 68-45 win in San Francisco.)

Oakland Tech pushed its way back into the NorCal girls basketball rankings, despite seven losses, by handling Vanden 62-53. And if you have doubts about a seven-loss team being ranked, consider that Tech lost to: No. 1 Mitty, No. 6 Salesian, No. 7 Pinewood, No. 9 Cardinal Newman, No. 14 Heritage and No. 18 West Campus. The other loss? To 11-4 St. Mary’s-Berkeley, which is now in the Knocking on the Door category.

But with Martin Luther King Jr. weekend carnage on tap, there should be room for St. Mary’s next time, assuming the Berkeley school can handle El Cerrito and Jesse Bethel this week.
PICTURED ABOVE: No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd senior wing, Kennedy Johnson. Jean-Paul Toshiro photo.

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