Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 9
We have a change at the top after multiple personal observations over the MLK weekend with the MLK Showcase at St. Mary’s-Stockton and the MLK Classic at Bishop O’Dowd. With MLK action on Monday those games and also games on Tuesday are not reflected in the team’s records but were considered in the rankings. We also try to do a little explaining of the situation at St. Joseph Notre Dame. Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
Last week the Dragons romped against Piedmont and their wins at their own MLK Classic, 69-55 win against Sacramento and then a 54-48 victory over a Heritage-Brentwood team that upset state-ranked Lynwood last week moves them into the North Coast Section catbird seat. Coach Malik McCord and his girls have another tough game on Saturday at Salesian. In the Heritage win sophomore standout Amaya Bonner helped O’Dowd erase a 33-16 early third quarter deficit and finished with 17 points (two three-pointers), seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. O’Dowd faces a test on Saturday against Salesian.
Early last week head coach Shawn Hipol resigned and the school could not find a coach in time for them to play a league game with College Prep. Longtime assistant Brian Sato, agreed to take the helm but according to Sato “after being completely torn” but “getting the blessing and approval” of Hipol. Sato was then faced with facing Nevada No. 1 Centennial of Las Vegas at the MLK Showcase, and losing 60-48, then doubling back to face La Jolla Country Day on Monday at the MLK Classic at O’Dowd. The girls gave it their all and only trailed 36-35 in the early third quarter, but they were playing on adrenalin and emotion, and ran out of gas in a 71-43 defeat in which senior Sophie Nilsson did not play. This is a team that took Sierra Canyon to the wire in a 49-47 loss at the West Coast Jamboree. The Pilots are off to Los Angeles for a game with Windward on Saturday. “Wish us luck,” texted Sato. “It is definitely a difficult road we are trying to navigate.
Newman went out to Stockton for the MLK Showcase at St. Mary’s and handed a 48-43 loss to a very decent Regis Jesuit team that was coming off a win over Miramonte. Newman has an interesting match-up with Antelope on Saturday at the Heritage Shootout. In the meantime they hold tight in the rankings.
Following their 68-60 loss to St. Joseph Notre Dame two weeks ago the Pride blasted El Cerrito in Tri-Counties – Rock League action before being overmatched in a 71-51 loss on Saturday to Cal-Hi Sports top-ranked La Jolla Country Day at the MLK Showcase at O’Dowd. They came back on Monday for a running clock 68-28 win at the Showcase over a struggling Bear Creek-Stockton. Salesian will get a second chance to upset the CIF NCS pecking order when they get a shot at Bishop O’Dowd on Saturday at home.
The Mats got back highly-regarded junior Mia Mastrov after missing the team’s best player for five games that included a one-point last second loss to state-ranked Orangewood Academy-Anaheim. With Mastrov back for the first time but not nearly at full strength the Mats lost to Colorado No. 5 Regis Jesuit-Aurora in a close game and then with her showing more punch in the second half they beat Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco in a thrilling one-point victory. Coach Kelly Sopak and his Mats are off to the Pacific Northwest this weekend.
Despite two questionable losses to Folsom and Inderkum-Sacramento in overtime in a game that shots were not falling, Heritage has a resume that includes a win over the Clovis team that just beat state-ranked Clovis North, a win over state-ranked Lynwood at the MLK Showcase at St. Mary’s-Stockton, and a near upset of host Bishop O’Dowd in a 54-48 loss on Monday at the MLK Classic in Oakland.
Based on these rankings the Eagles would be the Division 1 No. 1 seed in the new NCS playoff format the now has a 6-team Open Division. Coach Keith Ramee and his American girls hold tight with a lone loss to Lincoln-Stockton and wins lasgt week in MVAL play against cross-town Irvington and Newark Memorial-Newark and a Tuesday win over league rival James Logan-Union City that keeps American in first place in league.
The Wolves continue to fall in behind the American team that dealt them a 74-60 loss in December. The other two losses are to NCS No. 3 Cardinal Newman and CCS highly ranked Pinewood. Proving nothing is easy in the East Bay Athletic League the Wolves followed up an impressive 75-59 victory over California by escaping with a 1-point win over cross-town arch rival Monte Vista.
Following their 67-60 loss to Heritage and 75-59 loss to San Ramon Valley the Grizzlies continue to fall in behind San Ramon Valley after a blowout of Livermore.
We don’t usually use margin of victory as a major criteria but in deference to their match-up this week with American we’re going to use their 65-46 victory over Berkeley to flip them with an Alameda team that beat Berkeley by a point.
The Hornets continue to win the games they are supposed to win and last week they slipped by Berkeley and Encinal in pursuit of the top seed in the NCS Division 2 playoffs.
The Tigers continue to roll and now beat a solid Oakland team in the Terra Nova MLK Showcase across the street from the school at City College of San Francisco. Unless they get tripped up in Bay Counties – West action this is a team that should be moving up.
The No. 2 team from the TCAL- Rock notched two wins since the last rankings but on Wednesday they meet Rock No. 1 Salesian and that will be a real tall task.
A loss to Modesto Christian is not a stinker loss in this group and with a decent schedule so far they still only have three losses and at this stage in the rankings that means something.
The No. 2 team from the Redwood Empire has a loss to Cardinal Newman this week not reflected in their record but it only makes their competitive equity resume higher and the power rankings already has them ahead of Alameda in the race for the NCS D2 playoffs top seed.
Since the last rankings the Bruins took a loss to South Medford but they are the No. 1 team in Oregon, so while Montgomery jumps them they hold tight.
The Dons took a loss to Vanden-Fairfield but Vanden has a 51-41 win over Montgomery and the score was the same in their loss to Vanden. They don’t jump St. Pats to stay behind Montgomery like last week but they do pick up a spot.
As expected the Highlanders took a loss to Bishop O’Dowd to go to 2-1 in the West Alameda – Foothill, but right after that game freshman Trinity Zamora had 29 points in a win over Castro Valley.
All three losses are to teams ranked higher than the Giants and the loss to St. Patrick-St. Vincent was in overtime so for those reasons Redwood maintains its spot in the pecking order behind Piedmont and the Acalanes team that pinned one of the losses on them.
The Cougars are 2-1 since the last rankings and included is a loss to Prep2Prep Central Coast Section and state top five Archbishop Mitty, but also included is a 44-42 overtime win over a decent Mark Keppel-Alhambra at the O’Dowd MLK Showcase and they survived a triple-double by Keppel’s Long Beach State-bound Patricia Chung, plus they’re 2-0 against EBAL teams and in this group that means something.
The six Ugly Eagles losses are to teams ranked above them and they just put a 20-point pasting on Oakland at the Pittsburg MLK Jamboree. The Diablo – Foothill loss is by nine to Acalanes.
Last week the nod went to Dublin in the EBAL pecking order but after a 44-43 loss to San Ramon Valley this week Coach Jack Kennedy and his Mustangs flip with Dublin.
The 30-point loss to Carondelet looks bad but even the difference between where that team is in the rankings and this stage of the pecking order is a long drop, so they flip with Monte Vista but still gain a spot.
The Mariners have to drop after a loss to a Newark Memorial team that was blasted by Lick-Wilmerding, but they have a win over an Irvington team that beat Newark Memorial. We thought about tying Moreau, Newark Memorial and Irvington at No. 24 since at the time the rankings were done all three were 11-7 and 3-3 in the MVAL, but we added the other two to the Also Considered and left Fortuna in for now.
The Huskies took a bad loss to Arcata this week not reflected in their record and while we are not going to drop them out at this point that are barely hanging on.