Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Ratings (Girls)

In support of our weekly highlights show that airs every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on KRON TV, Channel 4, in San Francisco, here's the top 20 rankings so far for the 2002-2003 girls basketball season. Presented by the good folks at Team Dealer, Inc., our Bay Area Top 20 includes teams from the CIF Central Coast and CIF North Coast sections only plus teams from Solano and Napa counties of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.

(After games of Saturday, Jan. 18; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Mitty (San Jose) 14-2

2. (2) Piedmont 13-2

3. (3) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 14-1

4. (4) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 8-4

5. (5) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 13-1

6. (6) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 13-4

7. (9) Notre Dame (Salinas) 14-1

8. (10) Kennedy (Richmond) 17-1

9. (11) Healdsburg 16-1

10. (13) Vacaville 18-1

11. (12) Presentation (San Jose) 14-3

12. (14) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 14-3

13. (15) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 9-4

14. (7) Technical (Oakland) 15-3*

15. (16) Carondelet (Concord) 9-2

16. (17) Berkeley 11-5

17. (19) Salinas 15-1

18. (nr) Santa Cruz 13-5

19. (8) Soquel 12-4

20. (nr) Castlemont (Oakland) 12-5

Notes & Highlights

No. 1 Mitty is a good bet to go unbeaten in the new West Catholic Athletic League for girls, but the Monarchs will definitely get tested much more frequently than they did in their old Mt. Hamilton League days. Last Saturday, for example, coach Sue Phillips-Chargin used her six-player rotation for almost the entire game in a 72-64 win over St. Ignatius.

No. 3 Ursuline, No. 4 Pinewood and No. 6 Amador Valley all played last Saturday at the Acalanes Shootout. Ursuline won, 51-47, over Berkeley in a game the Yellowjackets led by 10 in the first half and were within one point in the fourth quarter. Monica Mertle led the Bears with 30 points, including 14 in the final quarter. Pinewood had an easier time of it with a 74-44 romp past the host Dons. A 30-9 third-quarter blitz ended any suspense and Katy Digovich pumped in 28 for the winner. Amador Valley lost, but the Dons played well after the first quarter and their loss was by 69-59 to nationally-ranked St. Mary's of Stockton. The game also showed that Amador Valley may have one of the best freshmen around in Sara VanderHorst, who scored 20 against the Rams.

Santa Cruz and Castlemont were chosen as newcomers to this week's rankings as replacements for previous No. 18 Moreau Catholic of Hayward and previous No. 20 St. Francis. Moreau lost 54-46 to Castro Valley while the Lancers lost 48-40 to Valley Christian. Castlemont won last Friday 49-34 over a Skyline team that had knocked off OAL favorite Oakland Tech earlier in the week.

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