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NorCal Girls Basketball: Records through Feb. 24

Intrigue Will Be Ripe On Section Championship Weekend As Several Of The NorCal Girls Basketball Teams That Have Dominated The Rankings Aren’t Necessarily Locks For Titles

1. (1) — Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 25-0
2. (2) — St. Mary’s-Stockton 24-2
3. (3) — Folsom 26-3
4. (4) — Salesian-Richmond 24-5
5. (5) — Pinewood-Los Altos Hills 24-1
6. (6) — St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda 25-4
7. (7) — Carondelet-Concord 20-8
8. (8) — Miramonte-Orinda 24-4
9. (9) — Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa 26-4
10. (11) ↑ Bear Creek-Stockton 27-2
11. (12) ↑ Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland 17-10
12. (13) ↑ Heritage-Brentwood 22-6
13. (14) ↑ Eastside College Prep-East Palo Alto 20-5
14. (NR) ↑ Presentation-San Jose 21-4
15. (15) — Pleasant Valley-Chico 19-4
16. (16) — San Ramon Valley-Danville 25-4
17. (NR) ↑ Edison-Stockton 23-6
18. (18) — Dublin 24-5
19. (19) — Piedmont 23-5
20. (20) — Castro Valley 21-5

DROPPED OUT: No. 10 McClatchy, No. 17 California.

5 TEAMS KNOCKING (alphabetically): Antelope (23-5), Enterprise-Redding (24-3), Foothill-Sacramento (25-3), Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco (10-14), Whitney (22-7).

OPEN DIVISION PREDICTION

• THE EIGHT (alphabetically): Archbishop Mitty-San Jose, Bear Creek-Stockton, Carondelet-Concord, Folsom, 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, Bear Creek-Stockton
• FIRST TWO OUT: Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa, St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda

FAST BREAKDOWN

It will be a long day Sunday when the CIF sifts through 400 teams (boys and girls, north and south) to come up with the NorCal and SoCal brackets, but the picture will be a lot clearer after the section championships wrap up this weekend.

In Addition, Archbishop Mitty has been the consensus No. 1 all season. Furthermore, with Nicole Blakes sadly tearing her ACL, it’s possible Pinewood could win the Central Coast Section Open and shake up the seedings.

North Coast Section’s three top divisions all have favorites. But, not necessarily heavy favorites, so it’s conceivable Carondelet (Division I), Miramonte (Div. II) and Salesian (Div. III) could all stumble, which would most likely drop all three out of the Open.

Waiting in the wings are those potential upset winners — Heritage (Div. I), Bishop O’Dowd (Div. II) and Cardinal Newman (Div. III) – but the Sac-Joaquin Div. II champ, whether it be Antelope or Bear Creek, wouldn’t be out of place in the Open either.

Lastly, don’t forget St. Joseph Notre Dame, which has a win over Carondelet, and if the committee values head-to-head results over the MaxPreps’ computer rating (and St. Joseph can’t help that the league it plays in is very weak and thus lowers its strength of schedule), then we could see the NCS Div. IV winner getting bumped to the Open.

Pleasant Valley, which beat Folsom, and Presentation, which has avenged its two losses to schools not named Mitty, are two more conundrums for the committee to ponder Sunday – so not only will the section championships be worth watching for their own sakes, but they also will have a lot do with which teams wind up cutting down the nets at Golden1 March 23 and 24.

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?

      • mm

        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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