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. 22; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Mitty (San Jose) 25-2

2. (3) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 19-4

3. (4) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 24-2

4. (2) Piedmont 23-3

5. (5) Berkeley 16-5

6. (7) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 20-5

7. (8) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 20-6

8. (9) Notre Dame (Salinas) 24-2

9. (10) Carondelet (Concord) 22-2

10. (11) Healdsburg 24-2

11. (12) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 22-2

12. (13) Technical (Oakland) 23-3*

13. (6) Vacaville 26-2

14. (14) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 21-3

15. (15) Kennedy (Richmond) 23-3

16. (16) Soquel 22-4

17. (19) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 19-7

18. (20) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 18-9

19. (18) Presentation (San Jose) 20-9

20. (17) Miramonte (Orinda) 17-7

Notes & Highlights

It wasn't so much that St. Mary's of Berkeley was able to post a 56-49 overtime win last week over previous No. 2 Piedmont that was impressive. What really made it hard to believe was that standout soph Shantrell Sneed of the Panthers could hardly play due to a bout with the flu and that St. Mary's rallied from an early 14-2 deficit. The Panthers and Highlanders could play again in this week's Bay Shore Athletic League playoffs, but Kennedy of Richmond is going to be part of the mix, too.

Top-ranked Mitty won the first West Catholic Athletic League girls playoff with a 61-54 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral. Jenna Green, who doesn't usually score much but nonetheless is often talked about as the Monarchs' best player due to her presence inside and on defense, led Mitty with 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. Sacred Heart upended Presentation earlier in the WCAL playoffs and its loss by just seven to Mitty was why it actually went up a few spots in this week's rankings.

Moreau Catholic stayed the same in this week's rankings even though there was a loss. That's because Moreau's loss was by just 55-52 and in overtime to No. 11 Bishop O'Dowd.

Ursuline bounced back from its recent loss to Pinewood and had a win last week of 55-23 over Montgomery of Santa Rosa. The Bears only gave up four points in the second half and helped in Montgomery only making 1-of-18 shots from the field. Monica Mertle led Ursuline with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Congratulations to Salinas Notre Dame's Serena Benavente. Two years ago, she was MVP of the Monterey Bay League. Last year, she was MVP of the Monterey Bay League. And now this year she's made it a three-peat by being named MVP of the Tri-County Athletic League.

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