NEW STATE TOP 20 GIRLS BB RANKINGS

Would you drop a team that lost by six to the No. 6 team in the state? How about one that lost by two in overtime to No. 13? We didn't and since nobody else from last week's top 20 lost, the order this week stayed exactly the same.

(After games of Feb. 8; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Lynwood 21-1

Coach Ellis Barfield took the wraps off star guard Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood -- at least for a few extra minutes -- so Sa'de could score 43 points in 18 minutes of a 102-24 win over Gahr of Cerritos. Wiley-Gatewood had 13 rebounds, nine assists and eight steals in the same game. The Knights also won last week 105-23 over Downey as Sa'de led the way with 24 points.

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

Mary-Eileen Gallagher scored a career-high 28 points and added five steals and five assists in a 77-46 win over Notre Dame of Belmont. Mitty then won the next night, 66-45, over St. Ignatius of San Francisco with Khalilah Daniels scoring 21 points.

3. (3) Piedmont 21-2

Both Courtney and Ashley Paris scored 21 points as the Highlanders cruised past St. Elizabeth of Oakland, 68-45. Courtney added 17 rebounds while Ashley had six assists.

4. (4) St. Mary's (Stockton) 21-3

Despite being Div. IV, the Rams are the top-ranked team overall for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. They completed another easy week with a 97-24 win over Stagg of Stockton. Shea Morrissey had 16 points to lead four in double figures.

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

This team's march to another L.A. City Section title was unbroken with victories of 76-49 vs. Carson and 97-20 vs. Gardena. Camille LeNoir had 18 points, seven assists and seven steals against Carson and had 15 against Gardena.

6. (6) Poly (Long Beach) 22-2

The week started off great as the Jackrabbits won again over state-ranked league rival Wilson, this time 53-47. Judith Smith led Poly with 30 points. She also had 20 points and nine assists plus 18 points and five steals in easy wins over Lakewood and Millikan.

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

The pride of the Redwood Empire floored two more foes and remained among the state's elite. The week's ledger read 64-41 vs. Ukiah and 77-35 vs. Elsie Allen.

8. (8) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 20-4

Earlier this season, Ventura was good enough to have beaten Div. II powers West of Tracy and North of Bakersfield. But against Redondo, the Cougars were no match. The Sea Hawks won in last week's non-league game, 70-45. Brittany Grice controlled the middle and finished with 16 points. Krisztina Fuleki added 15. Redondo had to go overtime in a different game last week, but held on to top Morningisde of Inglewood, 54-50.

9. (9) Mark Keppel (Alhambra) 23-3

Monique Diaz was magnifique in leading the Aztecs to two more Almont League wins. She firs scored 24 in a 65-36 win over Schurr of Montebello and then scored 23 with 11 boards in a 59-45 win over Alhambra.

10. (10) Brea-Olinda (Brea) 21-3

Barring anything really crazy this week, the Ladycats will have their all-time state best league winning streak at 161 games heading into the 2003-04 campaign. In one of the wins last week, 85-33 over Villa Park, guard Lauren Pedersen just missed a triple-double before settling for 14 points, 11 assists and nine steals.

11. (11) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 19-4

The biggest buzz across the state during the week was Candice Wiggins' knee injury. In the big picture, it shouldn't hurt the Torres that much as Wiggins should be back for the section title game and then the regional playoffs. LJCD did win by just 52-48 last week over Bishop's of La Jolla without its star player. Anita Rivera picked up the scoring slack and banked home 32 points.

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

After 19 games, the Panthers have made 207 three-point shots, including 38 in their last two games alone. Assuming they'll go deep into the NorCal Div. II playoffs, Pinewood should break the state record of 281 three-pointers for a season set last year by Ventura.

13. (13) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 18-7

State-ranked Bishop Amat pushed the Knights to the edge, but as usual too much Noelle Quinn resulted in another victory. This time it was 53-51 in overtime. Quinn had 29 points and hit the bucket that proved to be the game-winner. Earlier in the week, Quinn had 26 points, 15 rebounds and six steals in a 54-23 romp past Div. IV state-ranked St. Paul.

14. (14) San Clemente 20-3

Sara Brown netted 20 points and Lindsey Pluimer added 17 as the Tritons cruised past El Toro, 62-27. In their first game of the week, Pluimer scored 24 to key a 66-44 triumph vs. Capistrano Valley.

15. (15) Wilson (Long Beach) 20-6

Nope, can't drop the Bruins at all for losing 53-47 to No. 6 Long Beach Poly. They came back later in the week to post lopsided wins of 61-17 over Cabrillo of Long Beach and 84-50 over Millikan. Jeannie Sanders had 25 points and Neka Mixon scored 17 against Millikan.

16. (16) Troy (Fullerton) 21-2

Compared to Brea, Troy's league win streak is small potatoes, but a 68-game streak is still very impressive, no matter how you slice it. The Warriors' wins last week were by 75-23 vs. Sunny Hills of Fullerton and 85-43 vs. La Habra.

17. (17) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 22-4

Nope, we're not budging on the Lancers, either. We even could have been justified in moving them up a spot or two after losing by just two and in overtime to No. 13 Bishop Montgomery. Jessica Carrera kept things close in that loss by making five three-pointers and finished with 17 points.

18. (18) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 21-4

Garland Cooper had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Eagles stayed hot in the Serra League with a 47-34 win over Div. III state-ranked Rosary. Cooper came back to score 18 points and had eight boards in a 60-45 win over Peninsula of RH Estates.

19. (19) San Diego 23-3

Here's the type of week why college coaches across the land are salivating over 6-3 Cavers' star Charde Houston: 48 points in 112-38 win over Kearny and 47 in 115-58 victory over Patrick Henry. Houston is now averaging 36.9 per game.

20. (20) Madera 19-1

You don't see Clovis Unified schools getting thumped like what the Madera girls did to Buchanan and Clovis East last week. The Coyotes blasted Clovis East, 79-21, and took care of Buchanan, 102-32. Heather Bates scored 25 and 28 points, respectively, in the two games.


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