Ventura rockets to No. 10 in top 20 girls ranks

A barrage of three-point baskets keyed the Ventura High girls basketball team to a 63-43 win last week over Buena. Santa Margarita's win over Mater Dei and Redding Foothill's win over Pleasant Valley of Chico also creates room for newcomers in this week's list of state's elite squads.




(After games of Jan. 12)

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

(Compiled by Mark & Nelson Tennis)


(All divisions; NorCal & SoCal combined)

1. (1) Lynwood 15-0

Remember when Gahr of Cerritos was a powerhouse under coach Tom Pryor? That's why it was so sad last week to see this: Lynwood 111, Gahr 14. Note: USA Today currently lists Chaminade-Julienne of Dayton, Ohio as its No. 1 team. The Student Sports FAB 50 lists Lynwood. One of Chaminade-Julienne's wins was in three overtimes against Brea-Olinda. Lynwood beat Brea-Olinda, 52-29. Which national ranking looks more accurate to you?

2. (2) Narbonne (Harbor City) 12-3

Wilnett Crockett scored 15 points and had 12 boards in a 74-25 win over a Gardena team that was 15-1 and had won its first league game 79-24. Welcome to the big time, Gardena.

3. (3) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 10-2

Wildcats play two-time NorCal Div. I champ Berkeley in marquee matchup of Saturday's MVP Shootout in Lafayette.

4. (4) Poly (Long Beach) 18-0

Cynthia Buggs, daughter of head coach Carl Buggs, scored 17 to lead the Jackrabbits in 68-60 win last week over top league rival Wilson.

5. (5) Troy (Fullerton) 15-0

Inside-outside combo of Amanda Livingston and Alicia Komaki went for 26 and 18 points, respectively, in easy win over La Habra.

6. (6) Artesia (Lakewood) 10-4

Lauren Ervin was the best player on the floor with 24 points in Pioneers' matchup last Saturday at nationally-ranked Mountain View of Orem, Utah, but Mountain View won the game, 56-51.

7. (7) San Clemente 12-3

Sophomore standout Lindsey Pluimer had 20 points and 10 rebounds in 67-41 victory last Saturday over Huntington Beach.

8. (10) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 12-3

Candice Wiggins had triple-double with 29 pts, 14 rebs and 17 steals in 112-26 romp vs. Horizon, but team's high scorer was sharp-shooting June Brubaker, who tied a section record with 11 three-pointers and finished with 40 points.

9. (11) Brea-Olinda (Brea) 8-5

Ladycats haven't lost a league game since way back in 1987 and opened this year's league schedule last week with 68-38 win over Magnolia.

10. (nr) Ventura 14-2

Cougars rained down threes early and often and went on to rout previous No. 8 Buena, 63-43, in key Channel League game.

11. (12) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 9-2

The Central Coast Section's top-ranked team is Div. V by enrollment, but has moved up to Div. II for this year and last.

12. (13) St. Mary's (Stockton) 13-3

Rams opened San Joaquin Athletic Association play by winning 96-23 over Stagg and 93-32 over Lodi.

13. (16) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 13-3

Knights beat both St. Paul and Bishop Amat last week and have lost only to teams ranked higher -- L.B. Poly, Artesia and La Jolla Country Day.

14. (nr) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 14-2

Julia Pedersen led the way with 18 points as Eagles rolled past previous No. 9 Mater Dei, 60-42, in meaningful Serra League game.

15. (nr) Santana (Santee) 17-1

Based on comparative scores against common foes, it looks like the Sultans should be No. 2 in San Diego, not Bishop's.

16. (14) Bishop's (La Jolla) 16-2

All-stater Mallorie Winn leads the Lady Knights, who won in their only game last week, 60-43, over Parker.

17. (nr) Woodbridge (Irvine) 16-2

The Warriors' win two weeks ago over Rosary now looks a lot bigger thanks to Rosary winning in its next game over Mater Dei.

18. (17) Hart (Newhall) 16-3

Got a combined 56 points from Amanda Patton and Ashlee Trebilcock in an 82-61 rout of Valencia, the 10th time the Indians have won by at least 20 points.

19. (18) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 12-1

Big game looms this week against league rival Maria Carrillo.

20. (20) Muir (Pasadena) 12-2

Mustangs won only reported game last week, 72-31, over Arcadia.

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