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. 8; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Mitty (San Jose) 21-2

2. (2) Piedmont 21-2

3. (3) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 20-1

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

5. (16) Berkeley 16-5

6. (6) Healdsburg 22-1

7. (7) Vacaville 23-1

8. (5) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 16-5

9. (9) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 16-6

10. (10) Notre Dame (Salinas) 19-2

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

12. (12) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 18-2

13. (14) Technical (Oakland) 18-3*

14. (17) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 18-2

15. (8) Kennedy (Richmond) 20-3

16. (18) Soquel 17-4

17. (13) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 15-7

18. (nr) Miramonte (Orinda) 14-6

19. (nr) Alameda 17-4

20. (20) Castlemont (Oakland) 15-6

Notes & Highlights

Only because Berkeley is Berkeley and because coach Gene Nakamura and proved, oh about 1,000 times, that he knows how to get teams primed for the playoffs, it was deemed only logical to reward the Yellowjackets with a singificant bump in this week's rankings following last Saturday's 49-40 win over previous No. 5 Amador Valley. The Yellowjackets led by as many as 16 before the Dons came back in the fourth quarter. They came no closer than three and Berkeley made its free throws down the stretch.

Two of Berkeley's five losses were to out-of-state teams. The only really bad loss on the ledger is one to St. Mary's of Berkeley and now that one has been balanced by a quality win.

The only two newcomers to this week's top 20 are Miramonte of Orinda and Alameda. Miramonte goes in after making it all the way to the Div. III state finals last year. The Matadors are now showing signs they'll be a Div. III force once again. Alameda is a team that always seeks strong competition under coach Brad Thomas and this year's squad made it to the finals of a tourney in Juneau, Alaska. Now that's a road trip.

Top-ranked Mitty put together strong efforts on back-to-back nights, first with a 77-46 win over Notre Dame of Belmont and then with a 66-45 triumph vs. St. Ignatius. Mary-Eileen Gallagher pumped in 28 points with five assists and five steals vs. Notre Dame. Khalilah Daniels led the way with 18 vs. the Wildcats.

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