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Thursday, February 9, 2012
State Divisional Girls BB Rankings

By Mark Tennis

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No. 1 teams collide Saturday in Stockton when Bishop O’Dowd (Div. III) plays St. Mary’s (Div. II). New No. 2 Lynwood (D2) and new No. 3 Santiago of Corona (D1) among those climbing.

Two No. 1 teams as ranked by Cal-Hi Sports from different CIF divisions met last weekend when Windward of Los Angeles (D4) topped Mater Dei of Santa Ana (D1). This week, it will happen again when St. Mary’s of Stockton (D2) hosts Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (D4).

All four teams continue to be No. 1 in this week’s divisional state rankings. The other No. 1 is Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo in D5.

Here is the second listing of girls teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after games of Feb. 4 with some teams that have results included for this week; previous ranking in parentheses):

CIF Division I
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 21-3
2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 22-2
3. (5) Santiago (Corona) 25-0
4. (6) Summit (Fontana) 19-3
5. (8) Berkeley 17-2
6. (3) Edison (Huntington Beach) 19-3
7. (4) Brea Olinda (Brea) 18-5
8. (9) Etiwanda 19-3
9. (NR) Huntington Beach 19-4
10. (10) Narbonne (Harbor City) 20-6
11. (12) El Toro (Lake Forest) 22-2
12. (7) Troy (Fullerton) 15-7
13. (13) San Diego 19-5
14. (NR) Rialto 21-1
15. (15) Lincoln (Stockton) 18-3
Drops: Previous No. 11 Centennial (Corona); No. 14 Poly (Riverside).
Bubble: Centennial (Corona) 20-5; Deer Valley (Antioch) 15-6, Eastlake (Chula Vista) 21-3, Hanford 18-4, Heritage (Brentwood) 18-4, Poly (Riverside) 17-7, Stockdale (Bakersfield) 20-3, Wilcox (Santa Clara) 16-2.
Comments: We couldn’t really drop Mater Dei at all in this division after its loss to D4 No. 1 Windward at the Nike Extravaganza. The defeat does have rankings ramifications, though, as it could prevent the Monarchs from a State Team of the Year three-peat. Edison’s loss to Huntington Beach did cause some changes as the Chargers had to fall behind three teams. It also pushed the victorious Oilers past several teams as a newcomer in this week’s rankings all the way up to No. 9.

CIF Division II
1. (1) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 19-3
2. (5) Lynwood 18-4
3. (2) Carondelet (Concord) 18-3
4. (4) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 18-3
5. (3) J.W. North (Riverside) 21-4
6. (6) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 17-5
7. (7) River City (West Sacramento) 23-1
8. (8) Mark Keppel (Alhambra) 22-3
9. (9) Dougherty Valley (San Ramon) 15-7
10. (10) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 25-1
Drops: None.
Bubble: Canyon (Anaheim) 17-7, Foothill (Tustin) 19-4, La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 18-4, Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 20-5, Palo Alto 14-4, Perris 19-6, St. Francis (Mountain View) 16-6, Ventura 20-3.
Comments: Lynwood’s big win last week over D3 No. 2 Mission Bay shows that the Knights could be a legit contender to the St. Mary’s throne as state champion in this division. Lynwood’s previous state titles have all come in Division I. More will be known about St. Mary’s on Saturday when the Rams take on D3 No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd. In its outings against solid foes like Hanford, Lincoln of Stockton and already this week against Modesto Christian, all indications are that coach Tom Gonsalves has his girls getting better and better. This also is due to the improving strength of standout guard Onome Jemerigbe, who missed some time in January with an injured ankle.

CIF Division III
1. (1) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 19-2
2. (2) Mission Bay (San Diego) 17-6
3. (3) Alemany (Mission Hills) 24-2
4. (4) Miramonte (Orinda) 22-0
5. (5) Sacramento 17-6
6. (6) Yorba Linda 20-5
7. (7) Modesto Christian 19-4
8. (8) Santa Cruz 19-2
9. (9) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 16-5
10. (NR) West (Torrance) 20-5
Drops: Previous No. 10 Ridgeview (Bakersfield).
Bubble: Arroyo Grande 18-5, Bonita (La Verne) 21-3, Independence (Bakersfield) 19-4, Laguna Hills 16-8, Mt. Miguel (Spring Valley) 18-5, Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 18-6, Vanden (Travis AFB) 17-7.
Comments: No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd rolled to two more wins last week and should be in good shape heading into its Saturday NorCal showdown in Stockton against D2 No. 1 St. Mary’s. It figures to be a battle of the O’Dowd bigs vs. St. Mary’s athleticism and depth, especially when the Dragons are trying to bring the ball up against the press. Dragon junior guard Ariel Bostick could be the key for O’Dowd.

CIF Division IV
1. (1) Windward (Los Angeles) 21-3
2. (2) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 23-1
3. (4) Chaminade (West Hills) 21-3
4. (3) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 20-4
5. (5) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 17-6*
6. (7) Serra (Gardena) 20-3
7. (8) Salesian (Richmond) 18-3
8. (6) St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 21-7
9. (9) Bishop’s (La Jolla) 16-6
10. (NR) Mercy (San Francisco) 21-3
Drops: Previous No. 10 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano).
Bubble: Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank) 18-7*; Calaveras (San Andreas) 21-3; Campbell Hall (North Hollywood) 15-5, JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 20-5, Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 16-5, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 17-9, St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo) 18-5, Soquel 19-3.
Comments: Serra of Gardena getting a 60-48 victory over St. Bernard caused some minor changes in this week’s rankings. The Vikings also notched a win last week against Bellarmine-Jefferson while Serra also beat Bishop Montgomery. Newcomer Mercy is led by senior guard Mariah Masoli, younger sister of former University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

CIF Division V
1. (1) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 23-1
2. (2) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 20-3
3. (3) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 13-10
4. (5) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 16-7
5. (7) St. Vincent (Petaluma) 20-4
6. (8) Turlock Christian 21-2
7. (9) Hamilton (Hamilton City) 21-0
8. (6) St. Francis CCC (Watsonville) 15-7
9. (4) Eastside Prep (Palo Alto) 11-11
10. (10) Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) 12-4
Drops: None.
Bubble: Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 13-7, Convent Sacred Heart (San Francisco) 14-6, International (San Francisco) 14-8, Ocean View Christian (San Diego) 16-2, Portola 17-4, Providence (Burbank) 20-4, Ripon Christian 16-4, Villanova Prep (Ojai) 18-6.
Comments: A number of teams in this division have been losing games to bigger schools so it’s been hard to get a good handle on how to rank them. It’s is clear so far, though, that Mission Prep and Brookside Christian have opened up a gap on everyone else. Mission Prep posted an impressive win last week against Ridgeview of Bakersfield, a team that features state stat star regular Erica McCall and was No. 10 in Division III.

Note: Paul Muyskens contributed to this report.
Comments or corrections? Email Mark.Tennis@espn.com.