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. 25; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Mitty (San Jose) 15-2

2. (2) Piedmont 16-2

3. (3) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 16-1

4. (4) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 11-4

5. (6) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 14-4

6. (7) Notre Dame (Salinas) 16-1

7. (9) Healdsburg 18-1

8. (10) Vacaville 19-1

9. (8) Kennedy (Richmond) 17-2

10. (11) Presentation (San Jose) 16-3

11. (13) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 12-6

12. (5) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 14-2

13. (12) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 12-5

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

15. (15) Carondelet (Concord) 14-2

16. (16) Berkeley 12-5

17. (nr) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 14-2

18. (nr) Petaluma 15-4

19. (19) Soquel 15-4

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

Notes & Highlights

Two of the top 10 played last Saturday as Piedmont rolled to a 59-43 victory over Kennedy of Richmond. The Kennedy attack was no match for the inside power of Courtney Paris. Paris, also a sophomore, corraled 24 rebounds and blocked four shots to go with 26 points to lead the Highlanders. Courtney had 23 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks earlier in the week in Piedmont's 63-49 win over St. Mary's. St. Mary's and Kennedy are probably the only two teams in the Bay Shore Athletic League who will be able to make things at least interesting in games against Piedmont.

Notre Dame of Salinas, itching to prove that last year's poor showing in the CCS playoffs was a fluke, may be the real deal this year. The Spirits took on Salinas in a matchup of 15-1 teams last week and won convincingly, 80-34. Notre Dame was led by Jessica Ross' 24 points.

Moreau earned its way into this week's rankings by posting a 39-35 overtime win over previous No. 5 Bishop O'Dowd. The Dragons nearly lost again in their next outing, but hung on for a 46-42 win in overtime against Castro Valley.

You really have to hand it to coach Rick DeMartini and his girls at Marin Catholic for the tough schedule it has played. One week after venturing down to San Diego and losing by just two points to state-ranked La Jolla Country Day, the Wildcats took on Pinewood last Saturday. The Panthers emerged with a 73-58 win, but that earlier two-point loss to LJCD made us not want to drop MC at all in this week's rankings. Those are the kinds of performances that stick in your head. Katy Digovich netted 27 to lead Pinewood to its big win.


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