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NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings

NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings

Jan. 8: Few Changes Happen After First Week Of League Play, But Upcoming Showcase Events Promise Upheaval  •

NorCal Girls Basketball Rankings

All Records Through Jan. 5

1. (1)    Pinewood-Los Altos Hills   11-0

2. (2)    Archbishop Mitty-San Jose  10-2

3. (3)    Salesian-Richmond  8-5

4. (4)    Carondelet-Concord  12-2 

 

Preseason Rankings5. (5)    Heritage-Brentwood  10-1

6. (8)    Miramonte-Orinda  17-2 

7. (7)    Bear Creek-Stockton  12-2  [PICTURED ABOVE: Freshman guard Junae Mahan, James K. Leash photo]

8. (9)    Antelope  16-1

9. (11)    Folsom  13-2 

10. (10)    Sacramento  9-6  

11. (6)    St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda  7-1

12. (17)    St. Patrick-St. Vincent-Vallejo  15-1

13. (13)    Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F.  6-5

14. (14)    McClatchy-Sacramento  14-2

15. (15)     Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa  12-4

16. (16)    San Ramon Valley-Danville  14-1

17. (12)    St. Mary’s-Stockton  10-4 

18. (18)    Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland  5-7

19. (NR)    Del Oro-Loomis  12-3

20. (NR)   Presentation-San Jose   10-3

DROPPED OUT:

No. 19 Del Oro-Loomis and No. 20 St. Ignatius-S.F.

5 TEAMS KNOCKING (alphabetically):

Berkeley (15-1), Del Oro-Loomis (15-2), Franklin-Elk Grove (13-4), Menlo School-Atherton (12-1) and Vanden-Fairfield (11-4)

FAST BREAKDOWN

Though there weren’t many changes this week – the biggest were St. Joseph Notre Dame and St. Mary’s-Stockton each dropping five spots. There could be quite a shakeup next week, given some upcoming crucial games.

On Wednesday, No. 1 Pinewood travels to No. 4 Carondelet, and it will be a classic matchup of small and quick against big and strong. Led by 6-3 Ali Bamberger, Carondelet has great size up front and even its smallish guards are taller than Pinewood’s backcourt. And Pinewood’s tallest player, 6-0 Hannah Jump, is actually a wing. But Pinewood, despite that size deficit, hasn’t blinked yet. This might be the toughest matchup so far.

Also on Wednesday, No. 5 Heritage will be out to prove its 58-39 pasting of No. 17 St. Mary’s-Stockton in the West Coast Jamboree was no fluke. However, this time the game will be in Stockton instead of on Heritage’s home floor.

For a full day of mayhem, Saturday’s Elite is Earned New Year Classic at Miramonte in Orinda has seven games involving ranked teams, starting with St. Mary’s-Stockton vs. Bishop Manogue-Reno at 10:30 a.m. At noon, No. 13 Sacred Heart Cathedral and No. 18 Bishop O’Dowd square off followed by Heritage vs. No. 14 McClatchy at 1:30.

Also on the slate: No. 6 Miramonte hosts No. 9 Folsom and Carondelet drawing No. 12 St. Joseph Notre Dame. After all that good stuff, this is even better: No. 2 Archbishop Mitty vs. No. 3 Salesian at 6:30 p.m. In short, whatever the admission price Saturday, it will be well worth it.

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