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Friday, January 25, 2013
Reading is new No. 1 in girls hoop poll

By Brendan Hall

We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 girls basketball poll last night. To view it, CLICK HERE.

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

New No. 1: With Braintree taking a surprise upset loss at the hands of Newton North on Tuesday, we've got a new No. 1 for the first time all season long. Reading slides up one spot to No. 1, while Archbishop Williams bumps up to No. 2, followed by the aformetioned Wamps (3), Pentucket (4) and Billerica (5). For its upset effort, North moves up four spots to No. 7, one behind unbeaten Oliver Ames (6), followed by Lynn English (8), Central Catholic (9) and St. Mary's of Lynn (10).

Masco makes its debut: Following its 52-41 upset of North Andover on Sunday, Masconomet makes its first appearance in the poll since our final Top 25 last March. The Chieftains are the third Cape Ann League team represented in the poll, joining Pentucket and Ipswich (20).

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

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