Prep2Prep CCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 14
The final rankings have some changes and some placements that everyone might not agree on where in one case a team that didn’t make it to a state championship game wasn’t penalized and another that did and was what some might say was over rewarded.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
After winning 22 straight games including a 21-point win over Salesian and a 21-point win over Pinewood in the CCS Open title game and not losing to a team from California while also winning a couple of national-level tournaments, the roof caved in, and this time it was at the free-throw line in the Monarchs 44-41 loss to Salesian in the quarterfinals of the Northern Regional Open Division playoffs. Even so, with a 21-point win over Pinewood and a split with Salesian in a very close loss, plus a win over Carondelet, Phillips and her girls in the top spot based on their overall body of work. Before exiting as a Monarch the 6’1” Jones became the all-time Mitty scoring leader with 2,126 points, and No. 3 all-time Mitty rebounding leader with 1,058 rebounds.
It was a second straight state Open title game loss, but heck, they got there and no one can ever take that away from the tiny school of 320 students. Stanford-bound Hannah Jump finishes with 357 career three-pointers. Klara Astrom, who came on in the playoffs, is off to Yale, while Kaitlyn Leung and Trinity Copeland also graduate. Sophomores Courtney Thompson and Annika Decker return, as does sophomore Una Jovanovich.
Because of their seeding the Lancers girls had to face Pinewood in the CCS Open quarterfinals and that meant an exit but despite being seeded behind Presentation in the D1 NorCals Coach Sami Pompei and her girls went on the road and was a 64-62 winner over NCS highly ranked Cardinal Newman before losing 64-59 to a Bear Creek-Stockton team that had already beaten Valley Christian. With Mitty going out in the first round and the rest of the WCAL teams losing, St. Francis was the only team from the league to win a game and that has to be rewarded. Plus, they gave Bear Creek as good a game in the quarterfinals as Valley Christian and no team in the WCAL is better than Bear Creek except Mitty.
Since the last rankings Coach Chris McSwain and his girls lost their last two games but they weren’t expected to beat Pinewood in the CCS Open Division semifinals, and then they were sent to Division I for the CIF Northern Regionals as the highest ranked team from the CCS where the No. 11 seed gave state-ranked and host Bear Creek-Stockton all it could handle before falling 59-56 to a team far better than any team from here down in the CCS rankings. Standout Nyah Willis is graduating but the Warriors have some solid returning talent including juniors Fallon Dexheimer, Nina Barry and Kelly Seymour, plus promising freshman Jadyn Patterson.
After losing to Mitty in the CCS Open semifinals, the Wildcats were seeded right behind Valley Christian at No. 12 in the Northern Regionals and that meant a trip to Miramonte where their season ended in 75-59 loss. Madeline Ennis graduates but Coach Mike Mulkerrins has some good returners led by juniors Rachel Harvey and Angie McAdams plus rising sophomore Emily Jones.
The Knights captured a CIF Division II state championship with a 70-63 victory over defending Division IV state champion Rolling Hills Prep. Coach John Paye and his young team never blinked in an NBA arena under the brightest lights you can be under, and they brought the bacon back to Atherton. Paye loses some senior leadership, but all his top players are back led by sophomore Avery Lee who averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.2 blocks per game. Two other girls that stood out this year to are freshman Sharon Nejad and sophomore Coco Layton. Nejad averaged 12.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game and Layton was at 9.9 points 5.6 rebounds per game.
The Panthers lost to St. Francis on the Consolation side of the CCS Open playoffs and then they were the first victim of a CIF Northern Regional Division I champion Bishop O’Dowd team that ended their season 71-34 in Oakland. Coach Wade Nakamura losses a lot of senior talent but he always gets the most out of his girls so we’ll what happens to start next season.
The Fighting lose a spot in the final rankings to make room for Menlo. Talo Li-Uperesa graduates but there is talent returning so we’ll see what Coach LyRyan Russell does with his returners to start the season.
Next in the competitive equity pecking order is a Panthers team that was made the No. 4 seed in the CIF Northern Regional Division II playoffs and handled No. 13 seed Yosemite-Oakhurst, 69-49, before falling to a No. 12 seed San Joaquin Memorial team that was seeded way too low and went on to give Menlo a very good game. Coach Donovan Blythe has a solid returner in sophomore Alayah Flucus.
This is an example of our rankings that are based on our assessment of competitive equity making it a no-brainer to have Coach Buck Matthews and his girls much higher in the pecking order then the CCS sent to the CIF and it showed big-time when the No. 6 seeded Panthers were a 57-26 blowout winner over third-seeded South San Francisco before falling in a heartbreaking 56-54 loss to eventual CIF D3 state champion Oakland.
The Mariners get to stay in front of Palo Alto based on a 69-53 head-to-head victory but the No. 9 seed in the D2 NorCals couldn’t make any noise in the playoff and their season ended in a 10-point loss on the road at No. 8 seed Central-Fresno. Aptos returns its two leading scorers, juniors Natalia Ackerman and Gabby Giuffre.
Paly was seeded below Aptos and Sequoia at No. 11 in the D2 NorCals but while those teams faltered on the road the Vikings made the longest trip of all after making an 800-mile round trip to Crescent City with the 400-mile leg home a happy one after the Vikings came away with a 75-70 victory over Del Norte. Next was a 500-mile round trip to Redding to face third-seeded Enterprise only this time Paly ran out of gas, pardon the pun, in 65-42 loss. Because of the win over Del Norte we would have liked to move Paly up ahead of Aptos but the 16-point head to head loss is too much to warrant the move. We’ll be looking for sophomore Annika Shah and her teammates to start next season
Our ranking for the No. 10 seeded Cherokees behind Palo Alto was more in line with how they fared after traveling to No. 7 seed Cosumnes Oaks-Elk Grove and falling by 12 points to the hosts in the first round of the D2 NorCals.
The Dons were another team that made a long road trip but their 500-mile round trip to Eureka produced a NorCal Division III 47-44 win the for the No. 9 seed over the eighth-seeded hosts. Aragon then had the tables turned on them when No. 16 seed Union Mine El Dorado came to town and handed the Dons a 13-point loss but that was a lot better than Seaside did against Union Mine.
After losing two spots in the previous rankings the Spartans get to move up five spots in the final rankings and ahead of the Division II teams that went further than in the playoffs except Aragon since they had a much greater margin of loss to upstart Union Mine in the D3 NorCal semifinals.
The Gators got the No. 5 seed in the D3 NorCals faltered in a 61-47 loss to Marin Catholic and that team lost to Seaside so SHP has to drop, but not below Seaside. Next year may be a horse of a different color as Coach Melanie Murphy returns every top player led by leading scorer and junior wing Charlotte Levison.
It’s hard to gauge how good the Chargers were with respect to the other CCS teams in the D3 NorCals since they took a 35-point loss to eventual state champion Oakland in the first round, but the No. 15 seed still has to drop.
The Bears made it all the way to the Northern Regional Division IV title game before bowing out in a 59-46 loss to eventual CIF D4 state champion Oakland Tech. Even so, because of competitive equity they must stay behind all the D3 teams and that means making way for Seaside.
The top public school in San Jose was made the No. 1 seed in the Division IV Northern Regional playoffs and took care of business against Lincoln-San Francisco and Monterey Trail-Elk Grove before losing in the semifinals to an Oakland Tech team that went on to beat Menlo-Atherton en route to the D4 state championship.
The Scots did not advance to the NorCals after their heartbreaking 55-53 overtime loss to Silver Creek so they finish right behind that team.
The South City girls were placed a bit too high in the CCS pecking order and the result is they drew the No. 3 seed in the D3 NorCals and after handling Lynbrook easily they lost by 29 points to sixth-seeded Woodside Priory. We’re going to move them up a bit because they were put in D3 but not much.
The Chargers were given the No. 3 seed in the D2 NorCal and after rolling past cross-town Branham they lost by 12 points to second-seeded Aragon in the semifinals
The Tigers had their season ended by Seaside with a nine-point loss in the CCS D4 semifinals. Coach Sam Rossi has some returning talent but the West Bay – Foothill is a pretty tough league.
After a win over Soquel got them into the previous rankings the girls from the shadow of Morgan Hill had their season ended in an 18-point loss to South San Francisco in the CCS D3 semifinals.
By virtue of being the next team in line from the CCS Division I playoffs the Vikings girls hang on to the final spot after having their season ended by Menlo-Atherton in the quarterfinals.