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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Updated girls hoop Top 25 poll

By Brendan Hall

We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 girls basketball poll this afternoon. To see the complete poll, CLICK HERE.

A few notes and observations about this week's poll:

Pentucket jumps into Top 5: Following its 59-39 win over Billerica last Wednesday, Pentucket jumps up three spots to No. 5 in this week's poll. That gives us three Division 3 schools in the Top 5 of the poll: Archbishop Williams (3), St. Mary's of Lynn (4) and the aforementioned Sachems. The Sachems have a slew of quality shooters in their arsenal, but as usual it's John McNamara's press defenses that are the calling card of this year's squad, led by 6-foot senior Tess Nogueira.

Wachusett makes a splash: Debuting the poll this week is Wachusett, at No. 16, following a whirlwind week of three wins in four days. The Mountaineers took down No. 14 Holy Name in overtime on Jan. 2, then followed up with wins over Leominster and No. 20 Westford Academy on Friday and Saturday, respectively. That gives us three Central Mass. teams in the poll this week; joining Holy name and Wachusett is Algonquin at No. 23.

Here's how the poll breaks down this week by league affiliation:

Merrimack Valley - 4
Catholic Central - 3
Bay State - 2
Cape Ann - 2
Dual County - 2
Mid-Wach A - 2
Bi-County - 1
Central Mass. Conference - 1
Eastern Athletic - 1
Hockomock - 1
Independent - 1
Middlesex - 1
Northeastern - 1
Old Colony - 1
Suburban - 1
Tri-Valley - 1