Madera and Cajon fall from the ranks of the unbeaten, but previous success keeps the Coyotes hanging on in the top 20. Cajon wasn't as fortunate and the new team going in is San Diego High. We can't remember the last time this old school had a team this highly-ranked in any sport.

(After games of Feb. 1; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Lynwood 19-1

As the starters took a lot of time off, Lynwood rolled on with two more San Gabriel Valley League wins. In a 60-34 victor'ae over Warren of Down'ae, the main Sa'de didn't play, but a different Sad'e, Sad'e Cunningham, had 14 points to lead the way.

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

Monique Coquilla fired in 16 points and Mary Eileen Gallagher had 12 points as the Monarchs improved to 9-0 in the West Catholic Athletic League with a 62-41 triumph over Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton.

3. (3) Piedmont 18-2

Without power ratings, the Highlanders probably were looking at a No. 2 seed behind Ursuline when the CIF North Coast Section Div. IV playoff pairings are announced. With power ratings, Piedmont will probably get the top seed despite a loss to Ursuline. In a 63-37 triumph last week over Albany, Courtney Paris powered her way to 27 points while Ashley Paris scored 24.

4. (4) St. Mary's (Stockton) 19-3

Last year, the Rams had one of the best freshmen in Northern California in guard Renee Roberts. This year, St. Mary's freshman point guard Jacki Gemalos is one of the best in the state.

5. (5) Narbonne (Harbor City) 14-6

The Gauchos blistered San Pedro, 103-24, and Washington of Los Angeles, 77-35, as they prep for the L.A. City Section playoffs. Jamie Funn had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks in the first game. Camille LeNoir had 19 against the Pirates and 23 against the Generals.

6. (6) Poly (Long Beach) 19-2

Judith Smith scored 19 and Cynthia Buggs had 16 as the Yellowjackers stayed hot with a 76-34 win over Jordan of Long Beach. Cynthia is the daughter of Poly coach Carl Buggs and last fall was a force for the school's volleyball team.

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

Defense continues to be the name of the game for the Bears, who won last week by 58-20 vs. Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa and 51-35 vs. Montgomery. Christy Titchenal led the offense with 17 points against Montgomery and also pulled down 14 rebounds.

8. (8) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 18-4

Remember when Peninsula was THE program of the South Bay? No more. Redondo dropped the Panthers to 11-11 overall with a 51-33 win last week. Krisztina Fuleki had 18 points, seven boards and six assists.

9. (9) Mark Keppel (Alhambra) 21-3

Lani Marsden went 12-for-12 from the line and Shaton Harris went 7-for-7 from the field as the Aztecs crushed San Gabriel, 76-13. Earlier in the week, Monique Diaz had 18 points in a 74-33 win over Montebello.

10. (10) Brea-Olinda (Brea) 19-3

It was an impressive week for Lauren Pedersen. The Ladycat guard first scored 20 points and had six steals in a 100-38 romp past Tustin. Pedersen then racked up 15 points with nine rebounds and eight assists in a 61-37 win over El Dorado of Placentia.

11. (11) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 17-4

The most recent result from the Torres heading into this week was a 70-66 win over Bishop Montgomery from the previous Saturday. If we had gotten that score in time for last week's rankings, would it have prevented LJCD from going from No. 10 to No. 11? Nope, because that move was more of a reward to Keppel and Brea-Olinda and the Torres were already ahead of the Knights anyway.

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

For the second straight weekend the Panthers played another of the top teams in Northern California and won impressively, this time 64-47 over Notre Dame of Salinas. With Notre Dame concentrating its defense on Pinewood's perimeter shooters, the ball went inside to Katy Digovich, who delivered with 37 points.

13. (13) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 16-7

After falling to La Jolla Country Day, the Knights regrouped last week with wins of 77-57 over Brentwood of Los Angeles and 67-39 over St. Mary's Academy of Inglewood. Noelle Quinn had 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists in the first game while Nykia Peace had 18 points in the second.

14. (14) San Clemente 18-3

With Lynwood, LB Poly, LB Wilson, Eisenhower, Palmdale and others all landing in Div. I-AA for the upcoming CIF Southern Section playoffs, the Tritons don't have nearly as much to worry about in their own Div. I-A. They would be a No. 1 seed if those playoffs were starting this week.

15. (16) Wilson (Long Beach) 18-5

Bruin starters had to come in for a brief time -- enough to go on a 20-0 run -- before the reserves were put back in during a 69-9 win over Compton. The reserves had started the game and after four minutes the score was 0-0.

16. (17) Troy (Fullerton) 19-2

Almost winning by 100 is not exactly fun in girls basketball, but the Warriors almost did that in their 102-9 win last week over Buena Park. Later in the week, Amanda Livingston scored 21 points in a 77-23 victory vs. Fullerton.

17. (18) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 22-3

The Lancers didn't have much trouble with Div. IV state-ranked St. Paul in a 56-41 win that showed they're ready for this week's game against Bishop Montgomery. Erin Myrick, who had 18 earlier in the week vs. St. Bernard, scored 17 against the Swordsmen.

18. (19) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 19-4

The Eagles have just about locked up their third straight league title, mainly due to last week's 48-46 win over Mater Dei. Trailing 30-21 at the half, Santa Margarita finally took the lead with 1:12 left on a bucket by Julia Pederson. She finished with a game-high 21 points. Later in the week, the Eagles downed Pacifica of Garden Grove in a nonleague game, 65-53, as Garland Cooper had 20 points and 13 rebounds.

19. (nr) San Diego 21-3

Charde Houston's team is currently No. 2 overall in the San Diego Section behind La Jolla Country Day, but that doesn't mean the Cavers are a big favorite to win the Div. I section title (LJCD is Div. IV). Defending champ El Camino of Oceanside has been coming on strong of late and could wind up being better than last year when it knocked off San Clemente in the SoCal regional playoffs.

20. (11) Madera 17-1

We almost took the Coyotes' completely out of this week's top 20, but the next team on our bubble was Amador Valley, a team Madera beat 71-64 back in December. And since the Coyotes' also have a 20-point win over the team they were upset by last week, Hoover of Fresno, that was enough to leave them in at No. 20.

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