BENSALEM, Pa. – The latest Blue Star Media Elite 25 girls’ basketball rankings. Miami (Fla.) Country Day remains atop the Elite 25 for the third straight week.
No. 18 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) enters the rankings after pulling off a perfect regular season.
The next flight of Elite 25 rankings comes out on February 22. Check back regularly at www.bluestarmedia.org for updates from around the basketball universe. Our contributors have the pulse of the girls’ basketball scene.
The good stories from the girls’ game will emerge when the games mean the most. Once the single-elimination tournaments begin, it’s go home or advance to the next round. Hope to see you at a game soon. – Christopher Lawlor
Blue Star Media Elite 25 Girls’ Basketball rankings, Feb. 15, 2017
1. Miami (Fla.) Country Day (26-1)
Previous rank: 1.
Low-down: Kelsey Marshall, a Miami recruit, scored 18 points in a 62-22 win over Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale) in the Class 4A, Region 4 semifinals. The Lady Spartans play the Benjamin School (North Palm Beach) Thursday in the final.
2. Paul VI, Fairfax, Va. (24-1)
Low-down: Honesty Scott-Grayson fired in a game-high 20 points, making 8 of 10 free throws, lifting the Panthers over then-No. 2 St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.), 58-54, in a key Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game. The Panthers play three games in four days this week to cap the season and are tied at 14-1 with St. John’s for first place in the conference.
3. Centennial, Las Vegas (26-2)
Low-down: Justice Ethridge, Jade Thomas and Melanie Isbell all scored 12 points as the Lady Bulldogs beat Arbor View (Las Vegas), 82-19, improving to 12-0 in Northwest League play. The Class 4A Sunset Region quarterfinals start Wednesday with Sierra Vista visiting.
4. Monacan, North Chesterfield, Va. (22-0)
Low-down: Megan Walker closed out the regular season with 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Lady Chiefs topped Manchester (Midlothian), 80-22. The postseason tips Wednesday with Powhatan or Huguenot (Richmond) in the semifinals of the Conference 20 tournament. The final is Friday.
5. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (22-2)
Low-down: Lost to then-No. 3 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), 58-54, as Sydney Wood netted 19 points in the setback. The Cadets enter the final week of the regular season with three games left and will eye a rematch with Paul VI in the WCAC Tournament.
6. Riverdale, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (25-0)
Low-down: Defeated Baylor School (Chattanooga), 74-51.
7. Grandview, Aurora, Colo. (17-1)
Low-down: The Wolves entertain Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village) Wednesday and Mullen (Denver) Friday before the state tournament begins on Feb. 21.
8. Archbishop Mitty, San Jose, Calif. (20-2)
Low-down: The win streak is 14 games heading into the final week of the regular season.
9. Clovis West, Fresno, Calif. (26-2)
Low-down: A perfect mark in the Tri-Rivers League was on the line Tuesday at Clovis.
10. Poly, Long Beach, Calif. (21-3)
Low-down: The Lady Jackrabbits won the Moore League title with a 12-0 record. Up next is a tough draw, Brea Olinda, in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Open Division first round on Saturday.
11. Amarillo, Texas (33-1)
Low-down: Defeated Lubbock, 84-35, in the Class 5A Region 1 bi-district playoff game.
12. Butler, Louisville, Ky. (25-2)
Low-down: The Bearettes were picked off by crosstown rival Sacred Heart Academy, 58-49, ending a 25-game win streak. Two games this week and then the postseason.
13. Montini Catholic, Lombard, Ill. (26-1)
Low-down: Defeated Oswego East, 66-60, in double overtime. The Lady Broncos are
14. Fayetteville, Ark. (23-2)
Low-down: Defeated Bentonville West, 82-30, and Rogers, 63-49, pushing the win streak to 15 games. This week sees Heritage (Rogers) on Tuesday and Har-Ber (Springdale) on Friday.
15. Timberview, Mansfield, Texas (32-2)
Low-down: Defeated Arlington Seguin, 73-37, in the Class 5A, Region II bi-district playoff game
16. Duncanville, Texas (32-2)
Low-down: The Pantherettes played Killeen Shoemaker on Tuesday in the Class 6A, Region 1 bi-district playoff game.
17. Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, Mich. (15-0)
Low-down: Destiny Pitts, a Minnesota signee, totaled 39 points in wins over Huron (Ann Arbor), 53-35, and Grosse Pointe South, 75-39. Tylar Bennett scored 25 points in the wins.
18. St. Frances Academy, Baltimore (25-0)
Previous: Not ranked.
Low-down: A pair of nonleague wins over regional powers Riverdale Baptist School (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 48-38, and National Christian Academy (Fort Washington, Md.), 75-74, in overtime, fueled an impressive finish to a perfect regular season.
19. Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Chattanooga, Tenn. (19-1)
Low-down: Defeated Legacy Charter (Greenville, S.C.), 70-49, and now won’t play again until the National Association of Christian Athletes National Tournament in Dayton, Tenn., beginning on Feb. 22.
20. Mesquite, Gilbert, Ariz. (27-1)
Low-down: Defeated Williams Field (Mesquite), 95-23, in the regular season finale. The Wildcats are top-seeded in the Conference 5A state tournament that started on Tuesday.
21. Norcross, Ga. (25-2)
Low-down: Won Class AAAAAAA, Region 7 Tournament, beating Brookwood (Snellville), 61-32.
22. Destrehan, La. (30-0)
Low-down: The Class 5A state tournament tips on Thursday.
23. Olive Branch, Miss. (27-1)
Low-down: The Region 1-6A semifinals were Tuesday and the final is Friday. In the regular season finale, the Conquistador’s beat Byhalia, 65-37.
24. Hopkins, Minnetonka, Minn. (23-0)
Low-down: Freshman G Paige Bueckers, 5-10, averages 20.7 points and 3.6 assists per game and is the next Minnesota prep phenom. Senior Dee Dee Winston, a Siena recruit, is among the final 25 players for 2017 Miss Minnesota Basketball.
25. Seton Catholic Prep, Chandler, Ariz. (25-3)
Low-down: Idle. The 4A Conference state tournament opened on Tuesday night.
Dropped: No. 15 North Central (Indianapolis)
High-Fives by Region
- Ursuline Academy, Wilmington, Del. (16-1)
- Rutgers Prep, Somerset, N.J. (20-1)
- North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa. (21-1)
- Manasquan, N.J. (22-1)
- McDonogh, Owings Mills, Md. (23-2)
Geography: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.
- Edwardsville, Ill. (26-0)
- Rock Island, Ill. (28-1)
- Homestead, Fort Wayne, Ind. (26-2)
- Appleton (Wis.) North (21-0).
- Newark, Ohio (22-0)
Geography: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
- Ribault, Jacksonville, Fla. (22-3)
- St. Francis, Alpharetta, Ga. (24-4)
- Clear Springs, League City, Texas (27-3)
- Deshler, Tuscumbia, Ala. (31-0)
- Fort Gibson, Okla. (22-0)
Geography: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
- Central Valley, Spokane Valley, Wash. (22-0)
- Mission Hills, San Marcos, Calif. (24-2)
- La Salle Catholic College Prep, Milwaukie, Ore. (18-2)
- Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland, Calif. (23-3)
- Carondelet, Concord, Calif. (21-4)
Geography: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
About: The Blue Star Media Elite 25 High School Girls Basketball Rankings are released weekly from November until the conclusion of the high school season. Criteria considered are the quality of the team and its players, strength of schedule, tradition, and quality of the team’s league, conference, region or district. The rankings are compiled by Blue Star Media’s Christopher Lawlor, who consults with a national network of coaches, talent evaluators and prep sports writers. The final rankings will be released in April. Follow him on Twitter at #clawlor.