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, Feb. 1; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Mitty (San Jose) 18-2

2. (2) Piedmont 18-2

3. (3) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 18-1

4. (4) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 13-4

5. (5) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 15-4

6. (7) Healdsburg 30-1

7. (8) Vacaville 21-1

8. (9) Kennedy (Richmond) 19-2

9. (11) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 14-6

10. (6) Notre Dame (Salinas) 18-2

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

12. (12) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 16-2

13. (13) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 13-6

14. (14) Technical (Oakland) 17-3*

15. (10) Presentation (San Jose) 17-4

16. (16) Berkeley 14-5

17. (17) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 16-2

18. (19) Soquel 16-4

19. (18) Petaluma 16-5

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

Notes & Highlights

We left Petaluma and Castlemont in the top 20 since Petaluma's loss was by 54-45 to No. 6 Healdsburg. Castlemont fell, 58-43, to No. 14 Oakland Tech, but also had a quality win of 52-50 during the week against Oakland High.

Sacred Heart Cathedral wasn't able to move up after its 57-49 win over Presentation in a matchup of ranked teams because one result we didn't get in time for last week's rankings had the Irish losing to Carondelet of Concord. One of Carondelet's losses was by just 65-63 to No. 5 Amador Valley.

Notre Dame of Salinas certainly stepped up in class on Saturday by taking on Pinewood and the Spirits showed they might not yet be ready to that strong a foe. With Katy Digovich pouring in 37 points, Pinewood rolled to a 64-47 triumph.

Berkeley nipped Valley Christian of San Jose, 57-56, in another of those Saturday specials. No one will be surprised if the Yellowjackets start coming together in the upcoming weeks and make a push for another NorCal Div. I title. But they'll have to look better than they did against Valley Christian if they hope to put much of a scare into No. 1 Mitty. To win the game, Berkeley needed a 12-foot jumper with one second left by Joy White.

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