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Friday, December 10, 2010
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ESPNBoston.com's girls' hoops Top 25

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Below is our top 25 MIAA girls' basketball poll, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 03/22/15)

1. Braintree (26-0) The Wamps go wire to wire as the No. 1 team in Massachusetts after capturing their second straight Division 1 state title. It's an unprecedented era of success in Braintree, one that has us wondering where it belongs in the pantheon of dominant teams all-time in the Bay State. It'll be a while before we see another group so talented, between Ashley Russell, Molly Reagan and sisters Bridget and Brianna Herlihy.

2. Duxbury (26-0) After some heartbreak a year ago at TD Garden, the Dragons returned with vengeance this season to capture not only D2 EMass but bring home the program's first state title since 1998. The front court led by Catherine Harrison and Molly Quilty was without peer in Duxbury's division.

3. Archbishop Williams (21-7) Another dominant era comes to a close at Archies, where the Bishops captured their fourth D3 state title in nine years -- and second in three years -- behind the dynamic tandem of Alana Gilmer and Jaylen Williams.

4. Bishop Feehan (20-3) Of any team, the Shamrocks gave Braintree the best punch, taking them to the wire in the Comcast/Arbella Classic then putting up another strong fight in the D1 South final. With a loaded crop of underclassmen returning, the Shamrocks will be a favorite in D1 for 2015-16.

5. Springfield Central (22-6)The Golden Eagles fell victim to the Wamps machine in the D1 State Final, but it's not crazy to fathom they could be back next year with a talented crop of underclassmen returning, including sophomore Ishanna Brown.

6. Andover (22-3) Like several others ranked highly here, the Golden Warriors' future looks very bright, after capturing their fourth D1 North title in six seasons behind sophomore Alyssa Casey, who was named MVP of the Merrimack Valley Conference.

7. Watertown (21-1) Another strong season for the Red Raiders, who captured a Middlesex League title, ousted powerhouse Pentucket from the D2 North tournament, and fell to the eventual state champs in the EMass Final at TD Garden.

8. Billerica (20-4) Indians are affirmatively in it for the long haul after making another deep run in D1 North, falling in the rubber match to MVC rival Andover in the final.

9. Medfield (19-6) The Warriors rode superstar forward Payton Ouimette all the way back to DCU Center for their second D2 State Final appearance in three years. We don't expect any bridge years in Medfield; freshman sensation Maggie McCarthy could be the next great one for Big Blue.

10. Wachusett (20-4)The Mountaineers outlasted a tough D1 Central field to win the district title, taking out Franklin in the final before losing a thriller to Springfield Central in the state semifinals.

11. Franklin (18-5) It was a banner season for Lexi Martin and Co., but one that ended in heartbreak as the Panthers fell to Wachusett in the D1 Central final.

12. Chelmsford (19-4) How stacked was the Merrimack Valley Conference this winter? The Lions joined Billerica and Andover among the "Final Four" of D1 North. By all means, this was a breakthrough season for their program.

13. Pentucket (23-2) Another year, another deep postseason run for the Sachems, who seem to always be playing well into March. This season, their first in D2, they made it all the way to the North Final.

14. Millis (20-6) How important is strength of schedule? As back-to-back D4 state champs playing out of the tough Tri-Valley League, the Mohawks had a combined 16 losses going into the tournament. This year, Amy Assad's blistering presence in the post blitzed the Mohawks through the field en route to a win over powerhouse Fenway in the state final.

15. Foxborough (21-3) The Warriors showed plenty of mettle behind Hockomock League MVP Kat Tumolionis, running all the way to the D2 South final, where they fell to eventual state champ Duxbury.

16. Fenway (20-3) The Panthers' quest for a third D4 state title in four years was quashed by Millis in the state final. URI-bound forward Jalissa Ross graduates, but they could be right back here next season with point guard Takora McIntyre.

17. Hoosac Valley (22-3) The Lady Hurricanes ran into the Archbishop Williams buzz saw in the D3 state final, but this was still a banner season for Emily Rosse, who earlier this month was named Western Mass. Player of the Year.

18. Newton South (17-5) Another program with strong aspirations for 2015-16, after reaching the D1 South semifinals. Junior Emily Chang and freshman Veronica Burton could create one of the most feared backcourts next season.

19. Holy Name (15-7) Try as they might, the Naps couldn't replicate the magic of 2013 as they fell in the D1 Central semifinals. Outgoing senior Gigi Guenther will go down as one of the program's finest.

20. Mansfield (18-5) Mike Redding's Hornets are another program with a strong outlook for 2015-16, after reaching the D1 South semifinals with a quality core of juniors, led by guard Caroline Maher.

21. New Mission (17-5) The Titans came within an uppercut of knocking out D4 state finalist Fenway in the North semifinals, in one of the wildest endings of the state tournament.

22. North Attleborough (17-6) After falling to state champ Duxbury in the D2 South finals, the Red Rocketeers say goodbye to their two star seniors who led them through this resurgence, Danielle Perron and Melissa Beaupre.

23. Arlington Catholic (18-6) The Cougars were unable to defend their state title but have a lot to look forward to next season, after falling to Pentucket in the semifinals of D2 North.

24. Abington (22-3) Another banner season for the Green Wave, who captured the No. 1 overall seed in D3 South before falling to eventual state champ Archbishop Williams.

25. Bellingham (14-11) If there's any league that's benefited from this new district realignment, it's the TVL. The Blackhawks were the third member school, joining Medfield and Millis, to capture a Central title, taking D3, before falling to Hoosac Valley in the state semis.

Last 10 out: Belchertown (15-9), Beverly (16-7), Boston Cathedral (17-5), Falmouth (22-1), Masconomet (17-5), Nashoba (21-1), North Andover (16-6), St. Mary's (Lynn), Winthrop (20-4), Woburn (19-2)