1. (1) Lynwood 14-1
Before the Knights took on Ribault of Florida in their much-hyped matchup last Saturday, they had routine league wins of 93-20 over Gahr of Cerritos and 99-6 over Dominguez of Compton. There should be more results like that during the rest of the league schedule, too.
2. (2) Mitty (San Jose) 13-2
Kaliliah Daniels continues to emerge as an offensive force for the Monarchs just like 6-4 Jenna Green already is on defense. Daniels had 22 points last week in a 72-64 win over St. Ignatius of San Francisco and hit for a team-high 16 in a 64-44 victory vs. Notre Dame of Belmont.
3. (3) Piedmont 13-2
No results were reported from the Highlanders, which was the case for most teams in its league from last week. You might want to get used to seeing this school ranked for several more years, at least if sophomore phenoms Courtney and Ashley Paris don't transfer again.
4. (4) St. Mary's (Stockton) 15-3
It was a week of two testy games for the Rams. First, they trailed by nine at halftime but came back for a 64-58 win on the road against Merrill West of Tracy. Later, at the Acalanes Shootout, it was the Rams getting out to a fast start and holding on for 69-59 win over Amador Valley of Pleasanton. Merrill West and Amador Valley are two of the top Div. II teams in Northern California and St. Mary's will play West again at home later in the season. Dominique Banks had 30 against West and 18 vs. Amador.
5. (7) Narbonne (Harbor City) 10-6
The Gauchos have been rewarded from their successful trip to Florida with a bump in this week's rankings. With point guard Camille LeNoir leading the way, Narbonne posted back-to-back wins over two of the top teams in Florida -- 61-59 over Deerfield Beach and 53-51 over Miami Edison. LeNoir had 22 in the first game, including a game-winning layup with three seconds left. She hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 11 seconds and finished with 11 points against Edison. Jamie Funn had a strong outing of 14 points and 12 rebounds in the same game.
6. (5) Poly (Long Beach) 15-2
Natasha Gray led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds as the Jackrabbits completed a strong week with a 92-27 romp past Lakewood. The week began with a 60-45 win over their strongest Moore League challenger, Wilson, in a game that showcased guard Judith Smith. The super-quick junior racked up 32 points.
7. (6) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 13-1
Like No. 4 St. Mary's, the Bears also went to the Acalanes Shootout last Saturday and like St. Mary's they were tested. Playing against perennial NorCal power Berkeley, Ursuline trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before a strong fourth quarter provided a 51-47 triumph. Monica Mertle had 14 of the team's 17 points in the quarter and wound up with 30 points.
8. (8) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 14-4
Krisztina Fuleki netted 20 points to lead the Sea Hawks in both of their wins last week. She added four assists in a 62-31 verdict vs. Mira Costa and added seven rebounds and four steals as Redondo downed Morningside of Inglewood, 54-46.
9. (9) San Clemente 15-2
It was tough for the Tritons to get ready for this week's game vs. Troy (we already know they won) since they had a breather of 67-27 vs. El Toro and a forfeit win over Dana Hills. Against El Toro, Lindsey Pluimer had 18 points and Sara Brown scored 16.
10. (10) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 14-4
The Torres hosted their own one-day event last Saturday and it almost resulted in a loss. The idea was to pit La Jolla Country Day, last year's Div. V state champ against Marin Catholic of Kentfield, last year's Div. IV state champ. The visitors have been in the shadow this year of more celebrated Div. IV teams up north like Piedmont, St. Mary's and Ursuline, but showed they're not going away that easy as they lost to the Torres by just 54-52. Candice Wiggins had 22 to lead LJCD.
11. (12) Madera 15-0
In their only game of the week, the Coyotes stayed perfect on the year with a 56-21 victory over Buchanan of Clovis. Heather Bates had 29 points and upped her season scoring average to 23.1 ppg.
12. (13) Troy (Fullerton) 15-1
This ranking and record doesn't include the Warriors' loss to San Clemente on Monday, but the 53-51 score indicates that the ranking was pretty accurate.
13. (15) North (Bakersfield) 17-0
The Stars have a strong 1-2-3 combo working in Jamie McCaa, Ana Onainda and Laura Thomas. McCaa had 21 points last week in a 79-56 win over South of Bakersfield and had 14 in a 98-26 romp past Highland. Onainda, last week's State Athlete of the Week for girls, had 16 in the first game and 18 in the second. Thomas had 20 vs. South and 12 vs. Highland.
14. (16) Mark Keppel (Alhambra) 16-3
The Aztecs rolled in their league with wins of 70-28 over San Gabriel and 61-19 over Alhambra. Then they took on Eisenhower of Rialto in a nonleague special and won 56-44 as Jessica Liang knocked down 21 points. Beating Ike isn't quite as big as Brea-Olinda, but it's another quality win for a team that is looking more and more like a favorite in the CIFSS Div. II-AA playoffs.
15. (18) Brea-Olinda (Brea) 14-3
The defense is really coming around for the Ladycats. They gave up just 36 in a key 39-36 win last Saturday over three-time defending Div. III state champ Bishop Montgomery, which followed wins of 61-29 vs. El Dorado of Placentia and 62-38 vs. El Modena of Orange.
16. (14) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 12-6
Noelle Quinn had 18 points and 17 rebounds in the loss to Brea, but the week wasn't all bad for the Knights. They did win two significant league games, including 50-40 over state-ranked Bishop Amat. That win also put Bishop Montgomery back on top in the Div. III state rankings even though the Knights later lost to Brea. Quinn had 22 points and 10 boards against the Lancers and had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in a 63-35 win over Div. IV power St. Paul.
17. (17) Wilson (Long Beach) 15-5
The Bruins might have dropped out of this week's rankings with their loss to Poly, but they came back later in the week and impressed in a 74-57 win over Artesia of Lakewood. Neka Mixon, one of the top sophs in the state, tossed in 23 to lead Wilson.
18. (11) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 18-3
The difference on the scoreboard was 10 points, but the Lancers were right there with Bishop Montgomery until late in the fourth quarter. The rematch is Feb. 6 in Torrance.
19. (19) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 8-4
Katy Digovich shined with 28 points as the Panthers breezed by Acalanes of Lafayette, 74-44, last Saturday at the Acalanes Shootout. A 30-9 third quarter run sealed it for Pinewood.
20. (nr) Cajon (San Bernardino) 18-0
We're not convinced about this team's schedule, but at this point of the season those that are still unbeaten start getting benefit of the doubt. Plus, there's no doubt Cajon has one of the top players in Southern California in Jessica Fiisikawa.