BENSALEM, Pa. – For the first time this season the Blue Star Media Elite 25 girls’ basketball rankings has no movement.
No one lost but that just means a lull before the storm as most Elite 25 teams are bracing for the postseason.
Check back regularly at www.bluestarmedia.org for staff updates from major events and the state tournaments. We have the pulse of the girls’ basketball world. The Elite 25 girls’ basketball rankings will return on Feb. 21.
We hope to see you at a game soon. – Christopher Lawlor
Blue Star Media Elite 25 Girls’ Basketball rankings, Feb. 14, 2018
1. Archbishop Mitty, San Jose, Calif. (20-0)
Previous rank: 1.
Low-down: The CIF-Central Coast Section playoffs start next week but the Monarchs still have unfinished business with St. Francis (Mountain View) Wednesday and Valley Christian (San Jose) to complete another perfect mark in West Catholic League play.
2. Christ the King, Middle Village, N.Y. (21-0)
Low-down: The Royals finish the season with a flurry of six games over the final two weeks. In the first set of games, they won thrice but most impressively over New Jersey’s No. 1 team, St. John Vianney (Holmdel), 60-53. That win was impressive and gave coach Bob Mackey’s team a state tournament vibe. The final three NYCHSAA Brooklyn-Queens Class AA games are Archbishop Molloy (Briarwood) on Tuesday, Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn) on Friday and Mary Louis Academy (Jamaica Estates) on Wednesday won’t be easy. The Brooklyn-Queen Diocesan AA playoffs follow.
3. Duncanville, Texas (35-1)
Low-down: The two-time, reigning Class 6A champions opened their title defense against San Angelo Central Tuesday in the Region I bi-district playoffs.
4. Riverdale, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (27-1)
Low-down: Defeated Siegel (Murfreesboro), 99-30. The Lady Warriors were barely challenged in District 7-AAA after breezing through 12 fixtures. They’ll do it again this week in the district tournament but will be tested next week when the Region 4 tournament tips.
5. Hamilton Heights Christian, Chattanooga, Tenn. (19-2)
Low-down: The Lady Hawks travel to Legacy Charter (Greenville, S.C.) before heading to the prestigious National Association of Christian Athletes National Tournament starting on Feb. 21 in Dayton, Tenn.
6. Paul VI, Fairfax, Va. (24-2)
Low-down: Ashley Owusu scored 20 and Amira Collins had 11 as the Panthers held off Bishop Ireton (Alexandria, Va.), 52-50. The long Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season finishes up this week with Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) Tuesday and Good Counsel (Wheaton, Md.) Friday.
7. St. John’s College, Washington, D.C. (22-2)
Low-down: Azzi Fudd totaled 40 points and six 3-pointers as the Cadets rebounded a loss to defeat Bishop Ireton (Alexandria, Va.), 47-38, and St. Mary’s Ryken (Leonardtown, Md.), 78-50, in WCAC play. The season winds down with Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) on Monday afternoon.
8. St. Mary’s, Stockton, Calif. (21-2)
Low-down: The Rams have hitting their stride, having captured 12 straight games after beating Salesian College Prep (Richmond), 68-54. The regular season concluded Tuesday vs. Lincoln (Stockton).
9. Bradley Central, Cleveland, Tenn. (26-0)
Low-down: The District 5-AAA champions open the district tournament on Wednesday.
10. Centennial, Las Vegas (24-3)
Low-down: The Lady Bulldogs went 12-0 in the Class 4A Northwest League and played Clark (Las Vegas) in the Sunset Region first round. The semifinals are Thursday and the final is Saturday.
11. Princess Anne, Virginia Beach, Va. (19-1)
Low-down: The regular season ended Tuesday with Green Run (Virginia Beach) and the Class 5 regionals tip next week.
12. Edwardsville, Ill. (25-0)
Low-down: Defeated O’Fallon, 67-34, and Alton, 83-13, concluding the regular season. The Tigers play in the Class 4A Belleville East Regional on Wednesday vs. Belleville West or Alton.
13. Riverdale Baptist School, Upper Marlboro, Md. (18-4)
Low-down: Defeated Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.), 77-53, and Carolina Free Academy (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 78-62.
14. Westlake, Atlanta (25-1)
Low-down: Won Region 2-AAAAAAA tournament, defeating Wheeler (Marietta), 56-43, in the final and Pebblebrook (Mableton), 72-44, in the semifinals. Next is the Class AAAAAAA state tournament later this week.
15. Southeast Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C. (24-0)
Low-down: The postseason starts Wednesday with the Cap-7 4A Conference semifinals. The final is Friday.
16. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal, Atlanta (26-1)
Low-down: Won the Class 1A-Private, Region 5 title, topping Wesleyan School (Peachtree Corners), 54-47, in the final. Also defeated Paideia School (Atlanta), 67-37, in the semifinals and Greenforest Christian (Decatur), 68-27, in the first round.
17. Collins Hill, Suwanee, Ga. (24-2)
Low-down: Won Region 6-AAAAAAA tournament, defeating Mill Creek (Hoschton), 73-38, in the final and North Gwinnett (Suwanee), 73-38, in the semifinals. The Eagles play West Forsyth (Cumming) in the Class AAAAAAA first round and could meet No. 14 Westlake (Atlanta) in the quarterfinals.
18. Baldwin, N.Y. (18-1)
Low-down: The Bruins atoned for an opening day loss peeling off the final 18 games before heading into the postseason.
19. Montini Catholic, Lombard, Ill. (29-2)
Low-down: The Lady Broncos play in the Class 4A Burbank Regional on Tuesday. The final is Thursday. Closed out the regular season with an 85-35 victory over De La Salle (Chicago).
20. Hoover, Ala. (29-1)
Low-down: Won Class 7A, Area 5 title, beating Tuscaloosa County (Northport), 64-45. Next is Buckhorn (New Market) in regional semifinals on Thursday.
21. Winter Haven, Fla. (27-1)
Low-down: Won District 7-8A championship, beating Kathleen (Lakeland), 64-31 in final. Next up is Wharton (Tampa) in Class 8A, Region 2 quarterfinals.
22. Eastview, Apple Valley, Minn. (21-0)
Low-down: The Thunder defeated Park (Cottage Grove), 48-42, and Farmington, 57-42. This week there are three games, including Friday hosting Shakopee. Megan Walstad, a UW-Milwaukee recruit, is averaging a team best 15.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
23. North Allegheny, Wexford, Pa. (22-0)
Low-down: Defeated West Allegheny (Imperial), 61-50, and Peters Township (McMurray), 67-54. The Tigers are a shoo-in for the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class AAAAAA tournament
24. Edison Public School Academy, Detroit (15-1)
Low-down: Defeated Wayne Memorial, 71-69. This week the Pioneers play Henry Ford Academy (Dearborn) Thursday and St. Ignace Saturday.
25. Mercer County, Harrodsburg, Ky. (26-3)
Low-down: It was a jam-packed week with four games capped by defeating Russell Springs (Russell Springs), 80-56. The regular season ends Friday at Southwestern (Somerset).
Dropped out: None.
High-Fives by Region
- St. John Vianney, Holmdel, N.J. (21-1)
- Manasquan, N.J. (20-2)
- St. Rose, Belmar, N.J. (20-2)
- Newtown South, Newtown Centre, Mass. (16-0)
- Trinity Episcopal School, Richmond, Va. (21-1)
Geography: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.
- East Kentwood, Kentwood, Mich. (16-0)
- Iowa City, Iowa (21-0)
- Boylan Catholic, Rockford, Ill. (28-0)
- Pickerington (Ohio) Central (20-2)
- Northwestern, Kokomo, Ind. (27-1)
Geography: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
- Mansfield (Texas) Timberview (35-2)
- Montverde (Fla.) Academy (18-3)
- John Curtis Christian, River Ridge, La. (28-1)
- Barbers Hill, Mount Belvieu, Texas (36-2)
- Converse (Texas) Judson (28-4)
Geography: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
- Central Valley, Veradale, Wash. (22-0)
- Mesquite, Gilbert, Ariz. (24-3)
- Windward School, Los Angeles (20-3)
- Southridge, Beaverton. Ore. (20-1)
- Konawaena, Kealakekua, Hawaii (26-2)*
Geography: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
* Won state, national or conference/league postseason tournament championship
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. Teams with fifth-year or reclassified players won’t be considered. 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 @clawlor.