1. (1) Lynwood 11-1
Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood did her thing with 17 points and eight assists as the Knights used their superior quickness to race past Narbonne of Harbor City, 61-45, last Saturday in a key nonleague game. Lynwood has an even more significant game, at least nationally, this Saturday at home against Ribault of Jacksonville, Fla. Those two schools were involved in last year's debate about who should be No. 1 in the nation (most went with Lynwood) and Ribault will come to California with a 105-game winning streak.
2. (2) Mitty (San Jose) 11-2
The Monarchs started play in the new realigned -- and incredibly tough -- West Catholic Athletic League for girls and won twice. In their second of those two games, a 65-44 triumph over Sacred Heart Prep, Kaliliah Daniels knocked in 17 points.
3. (3) Piedmont 13-2
The Highlanders opened their league schedule strongly, including a 62-45 win over Holy Names of Oakland. Courtney and Ashley Paris both scored 19 points and combined for 23 rebounds.
4. (4) St. Mary's (Stockton) 11-3
Dominique Banks poured in 38 points as the Rams impressed in a 88-63 win last Saturday on their home floor over Marin Catholic. Both teams earned state titles last season (SM in Div. II and MC in Div. IV), but both will be Div. IV this year.
5. (6) Poly (Long Beach) 12-2
We have to admit we already know that the Jackrabbits beat Wilson, 60-45, to start this week, which influenced our decision to place them ahead of Narbonne. In their final game of last week, Judith Smith had 18 points, five assists and five steals as Poly pounded Long Beach Jordan, 85-54.
6. (7) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 11-1
We didn't get that much flak for putting Piedmont ahead of the Bears in last week's first overall top 20, probably because the Div. IV playoffs this season will eventually solve the pecking order involving so many strong teams.
7. (5) Narbonne (Harbor City) 7-6
Camille Lenoir and Jamie Funn had their moments against Lynwood, but the Gauchos showed once again they just aren't quite up to the national top 10 level they've been at in recent years. They'll just have to settle for state top 10 level.
8. (8) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 12-4
Congratulations to Khriztina Fuleki for leading the Sea Hawks in scoring with 17 points in last week's 70-45 win over Torrance and for bringing to our attention yet one more variation in the spelling of her first name.
9. (9) San Clemente 13-2
Lindsey Pluimer ruled the paint with eight blocked shots in both of her games last week as the Tritons beat Mission Viejo, 62-30, and Murrieta Valley of Murrieta, 54-43. Pluimer also had 23 and 24 points in those games as well.
10. (10) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 10-4
Coach Teri Bamford's squad may be only No. 4 statewide in Div. IV, but it's also No. 1 overall for the San Diego Section. In last week's 71-45 romp past Bishop's of La Jolla, All-American guard Candice Wiggins dominated with 36 points.
11. (11) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 17-2
It was a win for the Lancers of 59-46 last week over Div. IV power St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs, but individually it also was huge for Erin Myrick. The Lancer junior faced up against St. Paul's Crystal Erwin and more than held her own with 27 points.
12. (12) Madera 14-0
Last week we mentioned the Coyotes won the Amador Valley Classic. But we didn't mention that they've also won the Old Town Clovis Kiwanis New Year's Classic. In that one, Madera faced Central Section rival Clovis West and won easily, 47-21.
13. (13) Troy (Fullerton) 13-1
A big game is looming for the Warriors on Jan. 20 when they will meet San Clemente. A win and they could be the new No. 1 team for Orange County.
14. (14) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 10-5
Head coach Lisa Cooper took it easy on her father, Bo Corona, who coaches at St. Mary's Academy of Inglewood, as her team eased to a 68-35 victory. Lisa is now 2-1 in games against her dad.
15. (15) North (Bakersfield) 15-0
The Stars are playing at a rocket-like pace so far this year and last week was no different. They won by 108-57 over Foothill of Bakersfield and by 94-40 over East Bakersfield. Ana Onainda had 38 points vs. Foothill and 18 vs. East Bakersfield.
16. (16) Mark Keppel (Alhambra) 13-3
Monique Diaz had 19 points and 10 boards in a 68-34 victory over Chino and later in the week starred again with 21 points and six steals in a 99-13 win over Mountain View of El Monte.
17. (17) Wilson (Long Beach) 12-4
The most bizarre score of the week involved the Bruins defeated Compton, 97-4, in a Moore League game. Wilson led 56-0 at halftime. And to think Compton will have to play Wilson again, not to mention Poly and Millikan.
18. (19) Brea-Olinda (Brea) 11-3
The Ladycats may be starting to assert themselves as a Div. II state title contender. They won last Saturday over Mater Dei of Santa Ana, 56-36, as Carrie Noyes had 18 points and Lauren Pedersen had eight assists. The win sort of avenges the Monarchs going to this year's Brea tourney and winning the title.
19. (20) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 6-4
We always like to look at the Panthers' box scores and count how many players made three-pointers. Last week's 114-44 rout of Dublin Valley Christian showed eight different players who did it. The team's leading scorer was senior Katy Digovich, who finished with 31 points.
20. (nr) Technical (Oakland) 13-2*
This record does not include four forfeit losses the Bulldogs have already taken for use of an ineligible player. Alexis Gray-Lawson, a sophomore guard who was one of the five freshmen last year to be named all-state underclass, remains a force for this year's team.