Monday, January 9, 2012
Girls basketball poll: Jan. 9
By Rob Abruzzese
It was certainly an interesting week to say the least. The death of Apache Paschall shocked the New York City girls basketball community and Bishop Ford and Christ the King decided to honor his death by refusing to play his Nazareth team. Nazareth desperate sought a replacement for its game on Saturday but found no takers. As a result there are very few changes this week, but with The Rose Classic Super Jam scheduled to take place next weekend that shouldn't last long.
1. Nazareth (3-0)/(LW: 1): Nazareth got a slow start to the season and now has missed out on its last three scheduled games. It stays atop the poll though on the girls talent alone.
2. South Shore (12-1)/(LW: 2): The Lady Vikings were impressive in destroying one of their biggest opponents in the PSAL in Truman.
3. Bishop Ford (9-1)/(LW: 3): Ford played without head coach Mike Toro, hospital with a panic attack, and Brittany Lewis or Brittany Martin, yet it still managed to beat DePaul Catholic (N.J.) this week.
4. Archbishop Molloy (8-2)/(LW: 4): Following Apache's motto of playing games no matter what the circumstances, Molloy's Amani Tatum led her team to a big win over Mary Louis Academy and Immaculate Conception (N.J.) this week.
5. Christ the King (2-6)/(LW: 5): Christ the King didn't play this week after backing out of a game against Nazareth. Still remain one of the top teams in the city.
6. Moore Catholic (6-2)/(LW: 6): Moore suffered its second loss of the season against North Hunterdon (N.J.), but there is no shame in losing that game against a team that feagures three D-I players.
7. Bishop Loughlin (5-3)/(LW: 7): A loss to St. John Vianney on Saturday was overshadowed by victories over East Orange and St. Francis Prep in the same week.
8. McKee/Staten Island Tech (11-1)/(LW: 8): MSIT gets overlooked because of its easy schedule, but the Seagulls keep on winning as they beat Susan Wagner on Thursday.
9. Murry Bergtraum (8-4)/(LW: NR): The Lady Blazers make their triumphant return to our poll. After a rough start to the season, they seem to have turned it around and are doing nothing but winning lately.
10. Mary Louis Academy (4-7)/(LW: 9): The Hilltoppers lost a big game against Molloy this week, but rebounded against Springside (P.A.). They have a tough game against Bishop Loughlin coming up that they probably need to win to stay on this poll.
On the bubble: Truman (11-4), Cardinal Spellman (7-2), and John F. Kennedy (11-5).