New York High School: Bergtraum

Girls basketball poll: Jan. 16

January, 16, 2012
Nazareth finally got back to action and over half the teams on this list took part in the Rose Classic at Bishop Ford this weekend, but the list remains mostly intact. MSIT was hard to drop off, but without playing elite opponents it's hard to justify putting them ahead of anyone included in the poll. Taking its place is Spellman who looks to have serious upset potential.

1. Nazareth (4-0)/(LW: 1): Nazareth finally returned to the court with an emotional victory over Molloy, before going to head coach Apache Paschall's wake on Friday funeral on Saturday. Now they have almost two weeks until they get back on the court against St. Francis Prep on Jan. 27.

2. South Shore (15-1)/(LW: 2): South Shore continues its march to Madison Square Garden as it picked up an impressive win against St. Anthony's at the Rose Classic on Sunday, coming from behind and getting some heroics from Fannisha Price.

3. Bishop Ford (11-1)/(LW: 3): Sophomore Aaliyah Jones is typically overlooked in her class thanks to Nazareth's Bianca Cuevas and Christ the King's Sierra Calhoun, but she might be as good as them and she is out to prove it as Ford picked up a pair of victories in the Rose Classic last week.

4. Molloy (9-3)/(LW: 4): It's hard to imagine that anybody would have beaten Nazareth on Wednesday so that loss won't be held against them. Molloy will have to beat Christ the King this week though to stay this high up in the poll.

5. Christ the King (4-7)/(LW: 5): Christ the King has had a very tough non-league schedule so far this season and that continued Sunday night as it lost to Manasquan (N.J.). The Lady Royals have a big week against league rivals Molloy and Mary Louis Academy this week which will give them good context to how they stack up against league opponents.

6. Moore (8-3)/(LW: 6): Jamie O'Hare may be one of the best shooters in the city. She showed off her skills in a victory over Mary Louis and was even impressive in a loss to HD Woodson (D.C.) when Moore ran into the buzzsaw that is Jephany Brown.

7. Bishop Loughlin (5-5)/(LW: 7): Loughlin had a tough loss to Teaneck (N.J.) on Sunday, but remain in this spot as Imani Tate showed everyone that she is one of the most dominant forces in New York City.

8. Bergtraum (9-4)/(LW: 9): Shequanna Harris is one of the stars in NYC and showed it again with a big victory over Truman last week. As she heats up, Bergtraum keeps winning.

9. Cardinal Spellman (10-2)/(LW: NR): This team is really starting to come together. Onia Webb and talented sophomore Maria Backman led the team to a pair of dominant wins at the Rose Classic last weekend.

10. Mary Louis Academy (6-8)/(LW: 10): In danger of dropping off the poll this week, TMLA hangs on though thanks to an impressive victory over Bishop Loughlin and anybody who can beat Imani Tate and Co. deserves a spot on here somewhere.

On the bubble: MSIT (14-1), Truman (13-4), JFK (12-5).

Girls basketball poll: Jan. 9

January, 9, 2012
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).