NEW STATE TOP 20 GIRLS BB RANKINGS

St. Mary's of Berkeley upsets Piedmont, which drops down the Highlanders from No. 3 all the way to No. 14. All other top 20 teams from last week kept on rolling.

(After games of Feb. 22; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Lynwood 24-1

Sa'de Wiley-Gatwood pumped in 24 pts in limited minutes while Kameca Simmons scored 19 as the Knights crushed Lakewood, 101-35, in their opening game of the CIF Southern Section Div. I-AA playoffs. There's a chance Lynwood might play Moore League rival Millikan in Saturday's quarterfinals.

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

The Monarchs made 25 of 28 free throws and pulled away down the stretch for a 61-54 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco in the championship game of the West Catholic Athletic League tournament. Jenna Green had 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. While Mitty will now go on to a favorite's role in the CIF Central Coast Section Div. I playoffs, SHC should be a favorite in the CCS Div. III playoffs.

3. (4) St. Mary's (Stockton) 25-3

Dominique Banks led the Rams with 23 points and nine rebounds as they blazed by city rival Lincoln by 82-43 in their regular season finale. Sophomore sharp-shooter Renee Roberts made four three-pointers and finished with 16 points. The St. Mary's freshmen and sophomore teams also completed perfect runs through their league seasons, so even though Banks will be gone next year the program should remain among the state's elite.

4. (5) Narbonne (Harbor City) 19-6

Camille LeNoire and Indi Johnson both racked up 20 points as the Gauchos charged past Canoga Park, 96-21, in their CIF L.A. City Section playoff opener. Coach James Anderson, meanwhile, has been named one of the two head coaches for this year's McDonald's All-America Game that will be held in late March at Cleveland's Gund Arena.

5. (6) Poly (Long Beach) 25-2

Another team moving up one spot due to previous No. 3 Piedmont losing is the Jackrabbits. Their latest was a 73-35 romp past Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates in the CIFSS Div. I-AA playoffs. Cynthia Buggs had 17 points, six steals and six rebounds to lead Poly.

6. (7) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 23-4

The Seahawks are already in the CIFSS Div. II-A quarterfinals and should have clinched a semifinal berth by the end of this week. After a first-round bye, Redondo put the clamps on La Habra for a 63-30 triumph. Brittany Grice led the way with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

7. (8) Mark Keppel (Alhambra) 24-3

As the second-place team from the Channel League (same league as Ventura Buena and Ventura), Santa Barbara provided the Aztecs with the toughest opening playoff opponent any ranked team in the state will face this year. Keppel won, 68-51, which is as impressive a win as any of the routs some of the other teams achieved. Centennial of Corona, Perris and San Bernardino are the other quarterfinalists in Keppel's bracket, so there will be no easy games left for this team.

8. (9) Brea-Olinda (Brea) 24-3

Mater Dei of Santa Ana or Ventura would be a strong opponent for the Ladycats in the CIFSS Div. II-A semis, provided they get by San Marcos of Santa Barbara in this week's quarterfinals. In last week's 73-32 win over Hesperia, Lauren Pedersen had 16 points, six steals and five assists and Andrea Jacobson had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

9. (10) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 22-4

Kearny of San Diego has been a Div. III-state ranked team for most of the season, so when the Torreys held Kearny to a season-low point total and won last week, 56-49, even with Candice Wiggins cheering and not playing, that's saying something. Marissa Rivera had 18 points and 15 rebounds in one of the best outings of her career.

10. (11) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 17-4

A 101-14 rout of Fremont Christian closed the regular season for the Panthers. They're now in the CCS Div. II playoffs as the top seed. Second-seeded Soquel (22-4) is the only other Bay Area top 20 ranked team in the field.

11. (12) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 20-7

Coach Lisa Cooper's squad started the CIFSS Div. III-A playoffs by rolling past Banning, 82-23. The three-time defending Div. III state champs were led by Noelle Quinn (20 points, seven assists, five rebounds) and Nykia Peace (18 points, 10 rebounds, five rebounds). For her cell phone, we wonder if Nykia uses a Nokia.

12. (13) San Clemente 23-3

Sara Brown sparked a 59-31 victory vs. Hoover of Glendale in the CIFSS Div. I-A playoffs with 17 points and five assists. That advanced the Tritons into a second-round game this week vs. Temescal Canyon of Lake Elsinore.

13. (14) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 24-2

That early-season win over Piedmont became important after Piedmont's loss last week as that made it easier to figure out where to drop the Highlanders. That would be below Ursuline. Defense was the theme of last week for the Bears as they held Montgomery to just four second-half points in a 55-23 victory. Their other win last week was by 88-29 vs. Santa Rosa.

14. (3) Piedmont 23-3

St. Mary's of Berkeley put a temporary damper on the Highlanders' season with a 56-49 victory, although Piedmont could avenge that defeat quickly in this week's Bay Shore Athletic League playoffs. The CIF North Coast Section, of which Piedmont is a member, is the only section in the state that will not yet be in playoff mode this week.

15. (15) Wilson (Long Beach) 23-6

Neka Mixon, one of the best sophomores in the state, showed her stuff with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists as the Bruins advanced in the CIFSS Div. I-AA playoffs with a 71-54 win over Leuzinger of Lawndale.

16. (16) Troy (Fullerton) 24-2

Amanda Livingston mixed it up in the paint with highly-regarded Lauren Ervin of Inglewood and more than held her own with 20 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Warriors to a 60-46 victory. Troy moved on to a CIFSS Div. II-AA quarterfinal matchup this week vs. Antelope Valley of Lancaster.

17. (17) San Diego 26-3*

Three forfeit losses denied the Cavers from being the top seed in the CIF San Diego Section Div. I playoffs. They have no impact on the rankings, however. In last week's games, San Diego won by 79-56 over Mira Mesa and 105-15 over Point Loma. Charde Houston scored 30 against the Pointers.

18. (18) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 25-4

The Lancers were the only highly-ranked CIFSS team that had to play two playoff games last week. They won the first one, 54-26, over Azusa behind Erin Myrick's 15 points. They won in the next round, 78-50, over Nordhoff of Ojai as Myrick scored 22.

19. (19) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 23-4

The Eagles are in the CIFSS Div. III-AA playoffs, as opposed to Div. III-A, which is the division of Bishop Montgomery and Bishop Amat. Santa Margarita won its second-round game, 75-40, over Ocean View of Huntington Beach. Annie Mai was the leading scorer as the guard shot well and finished with 23 points.

20. (20) Madera 23-1

Heather Bates is now averaging more than 24 ppg after she connected for 32 points as the Coyotes wrapped up their regular season with an 84-28 triumph over Bullard of Fresno.


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