New Girls BB State Top 20

The Southern Section divisional placements will have an even more pronounced impact on girls basketball in Div. II and Div. III. Unbeaten Troy of Fullerton, traditional power Buena of Ventura and recent Div. I state champ Mater Dei of Santa Ana are now all Division II instead of Division I. The list of schools that are now Division III instead of Division II includes preseason national top 10 team Artesia of Lakewood plus Muir of Pasadena and Bishop Amat of La Puente.

(After games of Jan. 5)

(First rankings of 2001-2002 regular season)

(Compiled by Mark & Nelson Tennis)

TOP 20 OVERALL
(All divisions; NorCal & SoCal combined)

  1. Lynwood 13-0
Knights are No. 1 in the nation in the Student Sports FAB 50 after winning tourneys in Phoenix and Wyoming. But the rest of the season will be no cakewalk as a non-league matchup with Narbonne is coming up soon and then the regional and state Div. I playoffs. Remember Buena of Ventura was No. 1 in the nation last year at this point of the season and wound up losing twice in the postseason.

  2. Narbonne (Harbor City) 10-3
All three losses were to nationally-ranked out-of-state foes. A good sign was last Saturday's 65-39 win over Artesia in which Jamie Funn and Wilnett Crockett both scored 11 points.

  3. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 8-2
Wildcats posted a nice nonleague win at home last Saturday over St. Mary's of Stockton, but their biggest win was over Highlands Ranch (Colo.), which was No. 2 in the Student Sports FAB 50 at the time.

  4. Poly (Long Beach) 14-0
The Jackrabbits won last week's Ayala tourney and in the process knocked off previously unbeaten Eisenhower and Muir.

  5. Troy (Fullerton) 13-0
Amanda Livingston pumped in 27 points as the Warriors downed Edison of
Huntington Beach, 53-42, for top honors at the Edison tourney. Also won gold division of Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions.

  6. Artesia (Lakewood) 7-3
Lost twice to Narbonne and once to San Clemente.

  7. San Clemente 9-3
Played Narbonne close and finished third at Brea tourney early in the season, but didn't look good in two losses at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.

  8. Buena (Ventura) 11-3
Courtney LeVere scored 41 points in a win last week over Santa Barbara and
led the Bulldogs to a second-place finish during the holidays in the gold division of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions.

  9. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 14-1
Only loss to Buena at Santa Barbara tourney, but then came back to win Marina tourney over Santa Margarita.

10. La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 10-3
The San Diego Section's top ranked team overall lost by just six last weekend to No. 1 Lynwood.

11. Brea-Olinda (Brea) 7-5
Losses to Narbonne, Lynwood, San Clemente and two out-of-state teams. Best effort may have come in triple-overtime loss to nationally-ranked Chaminade Julienne out of Dayton, Ohio.

12. Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 9-2
Coach Doc Scheppler's team is clearly No. 2 in NorCal and in Bay Area after
winning Sand Dune Classic and Mitty tourney. But losses to Redondo (a 6-6
SoCal team) and Stockdale push the Panthers out of the top 10.

13. St. Mary's (Stockton) 11-3
Rams are playing Division II this year and have two great young players in junior Dominique Banks and freshman Rene Roberts.

14. Bishop's (La Jolla) 14-2
Defending Div. IV state champs are No. 2 overall in San Diego behind La Jolla Country Day.

15. Edison (Huntington Beach) 9-5
Chargers knocked off several highly-ranked teams, including Hart of Newhall, in last week's Edison tourney before falling in the final against Troy.

16. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 11-3
There's still plenty left from last year's Div. III state title team, but this year's Div. III field will be much tougher.

17. Hart (Newhall) 14-3
Indians led by one of the nation's top freshmen, Ashlee Trebilcock.

18. Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 11-1
Top Div. IV challenger to Marin Catholic in North Coast Section has lost only to Pinewood.

19. Pleasant Valley (Chico) 14-1
Vikings are the best Northern Section Div. I team in years and showed what they could do by beating perennial power Berkeley on its home floor.

20. Muir (Pasadena) 12-2
Tennessee-bound Ty'sha Fluker and the Mustangs were unbeaten until they fell twice in last week's Ayala tourney, first to Long Beach Poly then in overtime to East Anchorage, Alaska.


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