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P2P CCS Girls Basketball Top 25

Prep2Prep CCS Rankings

THROUGH WEEK 17


By HAROLD ABEND
Prep2Prep.com

March 22, 2018


After all was said and done three Central Coast Section teams are headed to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento this weekend as NorCal champions looking for a state title and there was almost a fourth. Lastly, the San Jose public schools did fairly well and one of them cracks the top 10 for these final rankings


1 ARCHBISHOP MITTY (28-1)
Last: lost to Pinewood, 78-67; next: idle

Mitty beat Pinewood by 14-points in the CCS Open Division title game, beat all the

2 PINEWOOD (27-2)
Last: def. Mitty, 78-67; next: vs. Windward (3/24)

The Panthers lost 76-62 to national No. 1 Archbishop Mitty in the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division title game but despite it taking three overtimes they pulled off the biggest upset in California girls basketball since 2016 after a 78-67 victory in the CIF Northern Regional Open Division championship on the same floor at the Leavey Center at Santa Clara University where they lost three weeks ago. Not only was Stanford-committed junior Hannah Jump hopping she was on fire. Jump popped in 4-of-5 on 3-pointers and finished with 19 points against St. Mary’s, and 6-of-11 on treys against Mitty for 24 points. UC San Diego-bound guard Briana Claros has been playing at a very high level and had 20 points and five assists against Mitty. The question is can he find a way to anesthetize Windward junior phenom Charisma Osborne on Saturday in the CIF Open title game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

3 SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL (15-14)
Last: def. Miramonte, 69-48; next: vs. Serra (3/23)

The Fighting Irish were three games under .500 in the last rankings prior to the CCS playoffs, and it took until the Northern Regional Division I semifinals to get to .500 when they blasted league rival St. Francis 69-47. They’ve now gone over even with a St. Patrick’s Day drubbing of a Miramonte team that beat them by five points at the West Coast Jamboree, with a 21-point victory as the No. 10 seed over the fourth-seeded Matadors in the NorCal D1 title game last Saturday at Santa Clara University. After the game Coach LyRyan Russell was dancing his version of the Irish jig, and why not? His girls will be underdogs, but the Irish cracked the Cal-Hi Sports Top 20 this week and although they face a higher-ranked Serra-Gardena with talented Alexis Tucker, plus others, they might be dancing the jig again if they can win a fifth CIF state title.

4 EASTSIDE COLLEGE PREP (20-8)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The CIF Division V two-time defending champion Panthers got pushed up to Division I for the NorCals and rightfully so but whether they should have been a No. 2 seed is a question. They blew out Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills in their opener but when they lost the second match with No. 10 seed Sacred Heart Cathedral by eight points after winning the first matchup by 15 their season ended after what was a solid year for Coach Donovan Blythe and his girls.

5 PRESENTATION (23-6)
Last: lost to Miramonte, 69-52; next: idle

The Panthers fall back a spot and remain behind Eastside Prep after the Northern Regional Division I top seed beat James Logan by 15 points and Cosumnes Grove-Elk Grove 49-42 before falling 69-52 to Miramonte in the semifinals. Coach Wade Nakamura loses just about all his scoring punch but he always seems to have a competitive team.

6 ST. FRANCIS (16-13)
Last: lost to Sacred Heart Cath, 69-47; next: idle

The CCS seeding committee had them very low and then in the D1 NorCals they were relegated to a No. 11 seed but we saw it a bit different by where we have them in our pecking order and first-year Coach and former Pinewood star Sami Polisso and her girls proved us right. First, they beat a very talented Bear Creek-Stockton, 54-50, and then they upset NCS D4 champion and No. 3 seed St. Joseph Notre Dame, 57-52, before falling by 22-points to Sacred Heart Cathedral.

7 ST. IGNATIUS (15-12)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Wildcats get back the spot they lost in the last rankings by virtue of the fact they were chosen for the NorCal D1 bracket as the No. 12 seed and gave a solid Antelope a very good game in the opening round before falling by three points. Coach Mike Mulkerrins loses a lot of senior punch but talented 5-10 junior forward and leading rebounder Madelene Ennis is back.

8 VALLEY CHRISTIAN (16-15)
Last: lost to Pleasant Valley, 47-40; next: idle

The road Warriors and CCS D2 champions dropped four spots in the last rankings but get two back as they almost became the fourth CCS team to go to Sacramento after the Northern Regional No. 3 seed won three games, including a long road trip before falling in a relatively close game to Pleasant Valley in the championship in another long road trip to Chico. First, they hosted and roasted an Arcata team that made a long drive, and then beat a Montgomery-Santa Rosa team 54-51. From there they went to No. 2 seed Eureka for the semifinals where they posted a 44-34 victory. Flashy junior wing Nyah Willis is the Warriors top returner.

9 SILVER CREEK (18-12)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The top public school from San Jose got their act together in the second half of the season and after being off the radar screen at 7-11 after a 63-23 loss to Presentation they won 11 in a row, including avenging a loss to Menlo-Atherton in the CCS Division I title game as the No. 6 seed. They drew the No. 8 seed in the D2 NorCals and won their first game, 47-45 over visiting Newark Memorial, and then went to Chico where they lost by eight points to eventual champion Pleasant Valley

10 MENLO SCHOOL (16-10)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Knights lost their two games in the CCS Open Division to Presentation and then got shellacked by a St. Ignatius team that had a previous win against before losing in the first round of the D2 NorCals to San Ramon Valley. However their overall body of work only drops them three spots from the last rankings.

11 SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (25-5)
Last: DNP; next: idle

As expected the South City girls breezed to a CCS D3 title and had they not lost by 15 in the D2 NorCals in the first round to Del Oro-Loomis they might have been able to move up but now they have to drop a bit.

12 SACRED HEART PREP (18-11)
Last: lost to West Campus, 71-33; next: idle

Because it's Division III the Gators can’t move past South San Francisco so they stay put after a nice run in the D3 NorCals that saw the No. 8 seed beat Campolindo-Moraga and then upset top-seeded Enterprise-Redding before losing big to eventual NorCal titlist West Campus-Sacramento.     

13 WOODSIDE PRIORY (17-14)
Last: def. Bradshaw Christian, 59-58; next: vs. Rolling Hills Prep (3/23)

Coach Buck Matthews and his girls took some lumps this season but since the last rankings they’ve won seven straight, including a CCS D5 title and now a Northern Regional Division IV championship. They had splits with Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo and had a couple of losses that had them behind both those teams but they’re alive and playing for a CIF Division IV state championship and that means they at least move ahead of the Menlo-Atherton team they beat to open the season, but stay behind Menlo and Sacred Heart Prep. With Tatiana Reese healthy now after plying the season with some nagging injuries, Coach Buck Matthews and his girls will be favored to win a state championship.

14 MENLO-ATHERTON (21-10)
Last: DNP; next: idle

After the CCS D1 top-seeded Bears were upset by Silver Creek and then lost in the first round as the No. 13 seed in the D1 NorCals to San Ramon Valley.

15 APTOS (26-4)
Last: DNP; next: idle

After losing to South San Francisco in the CCS D3 title game the Mariners got a close win in the D3 NorCals before losing to eventual runner-up Clovis

16 NOTRE DAME-BELMONT (16-13)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Tigers have a win over Woodside Priory and a close loss that sticks and they made a nice run in the D4 NorCals but as the No. 2 seed they didn’t make it to the title game for a rubber match with Woodside Priory

17 ARAGON (23-6)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The CCS D2 No. 2 seeded Dons lost in the title game but gave Valley Christian a tussle in a seven-point loss.

18 SEQUOIA (20-8)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Cherokees beat Santa Clara in the CCS D1 playoffs but then lost to upstart Silver Creek to end a solid season.

19 NORTH SALINAS (17-8)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The CCS No. 3 seeded Cowboys were another one of the teams to have their season ended by Silver Creek.

20 CARLMONT (20-8)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The CCS D1 No. 5 seeded Scots lost to Menlo-Atherton after upsetting Palo Alto so they can move in behind North Salinas

21 PALO ALTO (17-7)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The CCS D1 No. 4 seeded Vikings had their season ended by a Carlmont team they also lost to early in the season so now they fall in behind that team for the final rankings.

22 WILCOX (18-9)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The CCS Division II No. 3 seed beat Westmont before falling to No. 2 seed Aragon to end their season.

23 HALF MOON BAY (19-8)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The D4 No. 4 seeded Cougars beat Mercy-San Francisco and then had their season ended by Sacred Heart Prep but it was a great season for the girls from the coast.

24 TERRA NOVA (17-11)
Last: DNP; next: idle

They D4 No. 6 seeded Tigers proved the rankings correct by beating Gunderson but they had their season ended by second-seeded Notre Dame

25 GUNDERSON (19-6)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Had the D4 No. 3 seeded Grizzlies beat Terra Nova they would have moved up since they have a split with Silver Creek and the loss was in overtime. Still, the No. 2 public school from San Jose stays in the rankings.

25 SARATOGA (22-5)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The D3 No. 6 seed and previously-ranked Falcons land back in a for a slice of the final piece of the pie after upsetting No. 3 seed Seaside in the quarterfinals before bowing out to Aptos.


BVAL-MH Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
7-3
19-6
7-3
16-10
7-3
18-12
5-5
13-13
2-8
11-13
2-8
9-15
SCCAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
12-0
26-4
10-2
16-12
6-6
11-16
0-12
5-18
SCVAL-EC Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
11-1
22-5
11-1
21-7
6-6
12-13
6-6
11-14
5-7
12-12
2-10
4-17
1-11
3-20
WCAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
10-0
28-1
3-7
15-12
3-7
16-13
PAL-North Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
8-4
17-11
6-6
15-11
4-7
6-17
2-9
2-17
0-12
2-21
BVAL-ST East Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
9-1
21-6
7-3
14-11
0-10
7-17
MBL-Gabilan Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
12-0
21-4
8-4
14-11
3-9
11-14
3-9
6-15
SCVAL-DA Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
11-1
17-7
8-4
18-9
7-5
14-10
6-6
14-13
5-7
10-13
0-12
1-20
WBAL-Foothill Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
10-0
27-3
4-6
16-10
WBAL-Skyline Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
9-2
18-7
6-6
13-16
4-8
7-14
PAL-South Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
11-1
23-6
9-3
20-8
8-4
20-8
6-6
15-11
5-7
15-11
5-7
11-11
3-9
11-15
1-11
4-18
1-11
2-20