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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Updated girls hoop Top 25 poll

By Brendan Hall

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

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

Debuts for Hamp, Duxbury, Abington, Lee: We've got three new entrants to the poll this week, with Northampton, Duxbury, Lee and Abington all making their season debuts. Hamp is coming off two solid wins over Amherst and Chicopee, while Duxbury and Abington stand alone in first in the Patriot and South Shore leagues, respectively.

Meanwhile Lee, one of the golden standards of girls basketball in Massachusetts, is off to yet another hot start, with a 6-2 overall record and 4-0 mark in their league. Since 1989, the Wildcats have made 13 appearances in the Division 3 state final, winning seven times (1989-91, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2010). Lee, along with No. 17 Sabis (11-0), appears to be a D3 West favorite yet again.

Billerica makes a splash: One week after surviving North Andover in a thriller, Billerica was up to its heartbreaking antics once again, nipping Central Catholic 57-55 last Friday to take first place in the Merrimack Valley Conference's first division. For their efforts, the Indians come in at No. 5 this week, their first Top 5 appearance in poll history. The only team to beat Billerica this season, Pentucket, also moves up one spot to No. 4 following St. Mary's of Lynn's loss to Archbishop Williams on Saturday.

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

Catholic Central - 3
Merrimack Valley - 3
Bay State - 2
Cape Ann - 2
Berkshire County - 1
Bi-County - 1
Mid-Wach A - 1
Central Mass. Conference - 1
Dual County - 1
Eastern Athletic - 1
Hockomock - 1
Independent - 1
Middlesex - 1
Northeastern - 1
Patriot - 1
South Shore - 1
Tri-Valley - 1
Valley Wheel - 1