SportStars Magazine

NorCal Girls Basketball Top 20 (Feb. 19)

Rankings See Very Little Change As The Regular Season Ends And The Section Playoffs Begin •

Records through Feb. 17

1. (1) — Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 24-0
2. (2) — St. Mary’s-Stockton  22-2
3. (3) — Folsom  24-3
4. (4) — Salesian-Richmond 22-5
5. (5) — Pinewood-Los Altos Hills 23-1
6. (6) — St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda 24-4
7. (7) — Carondelet-Concord 18-8
8. (8) — Miramonte-Orinda 22-4
9. (9) — Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa 23-4
10. (10) — McClatchy-Sacramento 22-5
11. (11) — Bear Creek-Stockton 25-2
12. (12) — Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland 15-10
13. (14) — Heritage-Brentwood 20-6
14. (15) — Eastside College Prep-East Palo Alto 19-5
15. (16) — Pleasant Valley-Chico  19-4
16. (18) — San Ramon Valley-Danville 23-4
17. (18) ↑ California-San Ramon 22-6
18. (17) ↓ Dublin 23-4
19. (NR) ↑ Piedmont 21-5
20. (13) ↓ Castro Valley 21-5

DROPPED OUT: None.

5 TEAMS KNOCKING (alphabetically): Antelope (21-5), Cosumnes Oaks-Elk Grove (22-4), Enterprise-Redding (23-3), Foothill-Sacramento (23-3), James Logan-Union City (24-2).

OPEN DIVISION PREDICTION

THE EIGHT (alphabetically): Archbishop Mitty-San Jose, Carondelet-Concord, Folsom, McClatchy-Sacramento, Miramonte-Orinda, Pinewood-Los Altos Hills, Salesian-Richmond, St. Mary’s-Stockton
TOP TWO SEEDS: Archbishop Mitty-San Jose, St. Mary’s-Stockton
LAST TWO IN: Miramonte-Orinda, McClatchy-Sacramento
FIRST TWO OUT: St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda, Bear Creek-Stockton

FAST BREAKDOWN: If you’re looking for a detailed analysis of all the changes that went down during the last frantic week of regular season play, you’ll just have to flip over to the boys’ rankings – or maybe the latest curling upset in the Olympics.

Of course, no news was good news for members of the top 20, as the only switch was California and Dublin swapping places (17 and 18, if you’re counting) after Cal High knocked off Dublin in the league playoffs.

This week’s Open predictions stuck to the chalk, though there is certainly room for discussion, as if Bear Creek were to win the Sac-Joaquin Division II title in impressive style, it could bump McClatchy. And St. Joseph Notre Dame has a very good resume, though it’s also possible that the North Coast Section runners-up in Division I (Heritage, say), Division II (Bishop O’Dowd) or Division III (Carondelet) could show enough stuff to force their way in.

And even impregnable Mitty could be upset, as if Pinewood has one of those sell-your-soul-to-the-devil nights from beyond the arc and puts up 85, even the top team in the nation might not survive.

That’s why they play the games, after all …

4 Comments

  1. George Huggins

    December 28, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Although stats have not been updated in MaxPreps, another team knocking is Piedmont High Girls in Piedmont, CA…don’t count them out this season. Jasmyne Huggins is on the rise with her speed and finishing abilities and Kristen Seyranian is dominating the 3 point game. As of 12-20-17 record is 10-2.

  2. Clay Kallam

    January 19, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Just saw this, sorry …

    Piedmont has been doing well this year, and is under consideration.

    And another Seyranian? I coached Courtney at Campolindo …

    • GH

      February 16, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Kallam: Piedmont (un-ranked) beat Castro Valley this season, and their overall record competes with some of the top 20…are they still under consideration?

      • Chace Bryson

        February 17, 2018 at 2:25 pm

        They’re actually ranked! Clay’s newest rankings didn’t make our website this week due to tech difficulties. But through games played Feb. 10, Piedmont was ranked No. 19. We’ll get the updated ranks up soon. Our apologies.

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