espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 1

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Have you noticed that there's a little extra bounce in everyone's step this time of year?

The high school girls' basketball season is starting to hit its stride, which means it's time to unveil the first espnW 25 Power Rankings of the 2013-14 season.

Right at the top is the familiar face of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).

The Monarchs, who won back-to-back national titles in 2009-10 and 2010-11, finished last season as the No. 3 team in the nation after a 30-2 season.

Riverdale (Tenn.), the reigning national champion, suffered an early-season loss to Illinois' Homewood-Flossmoor that snapped a 62-game winning streak. Riverdale is ranked 15th in our first rankings.

In all, teams from 14 states are represented in the rankings. California and Illinois lead the way with four each.

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 1
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1Mater Dei (1-0)
Santa Ana, CA
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The Monarchs, who went 30-2 a year ago and finished No. 3 in the espnW Power 25, are led by 6-foot wing Katie Lou Samuelson, the No. 2 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2015 class. Mater Dei also features Peyton Langston, one of the best unsigned perimeter prospects in the 2014 class; and the Velasco sisters, Bianca and Andee. Mix in emerging stars Jayde Woods, Leaonna Odom Cheyenne Allen and Allyson Rosenblum, and coach Kevin Kiernan just might have the recipe for a national championship run.
2Incarnate Word Academy (1-0)
Saint Louis, MO
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Senior point guard Nakiah Bell, an Iowa State signee, runs this show. She has plenty of help from McKenna Treece, a Kansas State signee, and sister Madison Treece, a talented freshman. And let's not forget Napheesa Collier, the No. 7 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2015 class, who is being heavily recruited by the heavyweights.
3Blackman (6-0)
Murfreesboro, TN
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Sophomore point guard Crystal Dangerfield, the No. 7 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2016 class, is among the nation's elite floor generals with a fast motor. Add in junior MeMe Jackson and sophomore Jazz Bond, and you have a potential title contender.
4Duncanville (10-0)
Duncanville, TX
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Texas-bound Ariel Atkins, the No. 4 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2014 class, headlines the cast with future Longhorn teammate Tasia Foman and low-post anchor Ciera Johnson. Duncanville, which finished No. 2 in the espnW HoopGurlz Power 25 a year ago and is looking to stretch its 80-game winning streak, could run the table yet again. Coach Cathy Self-Morgan already has wins over two of Texas' top teams, Manvel and Cypress Woods, this season.
5Homewood-Flossmoor (3-0)
Flossmoor, IL
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Coach Tony Smith has moved his road show from Bolingbrook, and the flock has followed. Illinois-bound Amarah Coleman, the No. 81 prospect in the 2014 class, and impact juniors Faith Suggs and Bria Stallworth headline the team. Homewood-Flossmoor already has a huge win on the books this season, knocking off 2013 national champion Riverdale (Tenn.) 63-62 on the road.
6Long Beach Polytechnic (0-0)
Long Beach, CA
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Meet the dark horse. The Jackrabbits, who will welcome transfer Lajahna Drummer in January, have a legitimate chance to run the table. In addition to the UCLA-bound Drummer, the No. 8 prospect in the Top 100, Long Beach Poly also features Michigan signee Emoni Jackson, Utah-bound Jada Matthews and Louisville-bound Arica Carter. Top it all off with a freshman phenom, the 6-foot-3 Ayanna Clark, and you get a team that looks like a national-championship contender.
7Paul VI (0-0)
Fairfax, VA
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Coach Scott Allen has the table set with Louisville-bound wing Ariana Freeman, the No. 99 prospect in the espnW Top 100, and 6-foot-3 junior center Jonquanae Cole anchoring the middle. Speedy sophomore point guard Raven James solidifies the backcourt.
8Riverdale Baptist (1-0)
Upper Marlboro, MD
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Smooth-shooting Chania Ray, a Florida State signee, and NC State-bound Chloe Jackson give the Crusaders superb backcourt play. Khaila Prather, a big-time sleeper in the 2014 class who is headed to Miami, and newcomer Lena Niang bolster the frontcourt for coach Sam Caldwell.
9Windward (5-0)
Los Angeles, CA
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Talk about a formidable one-two punch. Windward, which finished fifth in the nation after a one-loss season a year ago, features UCLA signee Jordin Canada, the No. 6 prospect in the Top 100, and forward/center Kristen Simon, a USC signee and the No. 47 prospect in the Top 100.
10M. X. Shabazz (0-0)
Newark, NJ
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Coach Vanessa Watson will rely on insider Zaire O'Neil, a Georgia Tech signee and the No. 39 prospect in the Top 100, and South Carolina signee Doniyah Cliney to lead the way on another state title run.
11Etiwanda (0-0)
Etiwanda, CA
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Don't overlook coach Anders Anderson's team in talent-rich California. The Eagles feature USC-bound center Amy Okonkwo, point guard McKynzie Fort, who is headed to Oregon, and point guard Cherice Harris, headed to Arizona.
12New Hope Christian Academy (5-0)
Thomasville, NC
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Coach Delaney Rudd brings a solid mix of size and athleticism with Kristina King , a West Virginia signee; Akela Maize, an NC State signee; and daughter Kiana Rudd, a promising sophomore guard.
13Regis Jesuit (0-0)
Aurora, CO
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Coach Carl Mattei has a roster loaded with talent. Senior point guard Justine Hall, a Purdue signee, leads the way. Mix in Texas-bound Diani Akigbogun, Lafayette-bound Anna Ptasinski and Howard-bound Neffie Lockley, and things are looking pretty rosy for the Raiders.
14Marian Catholic (2-1)
Chicago Heights, IL
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Junior point guard Teniya Page, the No. 9 prospect in the Super 60 for 2015, runs this show. The talented backcourt also includes DePaul signee Ashton Millender and athletic junior Kauai Bradley.
15Riverdale (5-1)
Murfreesboro, TN
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The 2012-13 national champions suffered an early-season loss to Homewood Flossmoor, but the Warriors are sure to make another run to the top with all-everything guard Alexa Middleton, who is headed to Tennessee. Crafty Clemson signee Shelbie Davenport lends a hand on the perimeter along with Brandy Alley.
16Rolling Meadows (5-0)
Rolling Meadows, IL
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Coach Todd Hatfield looks to capitalize by March with two Saint Louis signees Jackie Kemph, the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois, and Jenny Vliet. Northwestern signee Alexis Glasgow gives Rolling Meadow a solid core.

17Life Center Academy (1-1)
Burlington Township, NJ
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Coach Ron Kessler sends two sets of sisters to the backcourt: Ashli Jeune and Aliyah Jeune, who are both ticketed to Rutgers, and Crystal Simmons (St. John's) and Grace Simmons. The frontcourt isn't too shabby, either. It features rising star Theresa Ekhelar, a 6-foot-5 junior center, and Maryland signee Aja Ellison. By the way, Florida signee Isis Young patrols the backcourt as well. The only down side is that Life Center already has suffered a loss this season, 69-42 to No. 12 New Hope Christian Academy.
18Joliet Catholic Academy (5-0)
Joliet, IL
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A superb backcourt could very well carry Joliet Catholic into March. Michigan State signee Jasmine Lumpkin, the No. 51 prospect in the Top 100, leads the way. Nicole Ekhomu, a super sophomore, provides another powerful punch.

19Lawrence North (6-0)
Indianapolis, IN
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There's reason for optimism on coach Chris Giffin's squad, which features Cincinnati signee Ana Owens, Loyola (Ill.) signee Destiny Washington and Purdue-bound junior Lamina Cooper. Junior point guard Jordan Hankins runs the show.
20Myers Park (3-0)
Charlotte, NC
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Ryderiah Rogers, an explosive interior operator and the No. 41 prospect in the Super 60, and rising star Aliyah Mazyck give Myers Park a balanced attack.

21Bedford North Lawrence (5-0)
Bedford, IN
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Indiana legend Damon Bailey calls the shots for a talent-rich trio of juniors, including his daughter, Alexa Bailey, who is committed to Butler. Indiana commit Jenna Allen, a 6-2 center; and Dominique McBryde, a 6-2 forward and a Purdue commit; also grace the court for Bedford North.

22Manvel (8-1)
Manvel, TX
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The Mavericks boast one of the strongest frontcourts in the nation. Leading the way is Notre Dame signee Brianna Turner, the No. 2 prospect in the Top 100. Manvel, which fell to Duncanville 56-50 earlier in the season, also features Minnesota signee Rangie Bessard and Jordan Hosey, the No. 3 prospect in the Super 60. Could there be a magical run in Manvel's future?
23Christ the King (1-0)
Middle Village, NY
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Bob Mackey has superstar Duke signee Sierra Calhoun surrounded by a strong supporting cast of Kollyns Scarbrough, Sydney Zambrotta and Dominique Toussaint.
24Rogers (0-0)
Toledo, OH
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Rogers has a whole lot of potential and depth. Keep an eye on sophomore Akienreh Johnson, a Michigan commit; freshman Brelynn Hampton-Bey, a Michigan commit; and 6-2 sophomore center KeAsja Peace. Add to that Eastern Michigan signees Tori Easley and Sasha Dailey (5-8 SG 2014), and the roster looks awfully rich.
25South Medford (0-0)
Medford, OR
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Perennial power South Medford is led by Washington State signee Ashley Bolston and rising junior star Andee Ritter.

On the bubble:
Murry Bergtraum (N.Y.)
Rock Bridge (Mo.)
Ribault (Fla.)
Dunbar (Fla.)
McKinney North (Texas)
Fairmont Kettering (Ohio)
St. Mary's Stockton (Calif.)
Southwest Dekalb (Ga.)
St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
Capitol Christian (Md.)
Elizabethtown (Ky.)
Heritage Christian (Ind.)
Columbus North (Ind.)