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, March 1; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Mitty (San Jose) 27-2

2. (2) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 21-4

3. (3) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 26-2

4. (4) Piedmont 25-3

5. (5) Berkeley 19-5

6. (6) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 21-5

7. (7) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 22-6

8. (8) Notre Dame (Salinas) 25-2

9. (9) Carondelet (Concord) 24-2

10. (10) Healdsburg 26-2

11. (11) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 24-2

12. (12) Technical (Oakland) 24-3*

13. (13) Vacaville 28-2

14. (14) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 23-3

15. (16) Soquel 24-4

16. (18) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 19-9

17. (19) Presentation (San Jose) 22-7

18. (20) Miramonte (Orinda) 19-7

19. (nr) Acalanes (Lafayette) 19-7

20. (nr) Skyline (Oakland) 18-8

Notes & Highlights

All five top seeded teams were still very much alive heading into this week's semifinal round of the CCS playoffs. No. 1 Mitty stayed on course for its potential date with destiny in the Div. I state finals by clobbering Milpitas, 74-18, in its first playoff game.

The toughest playoff division in the NCS playoffs is not Div. I, Div. II or Div. III. It's Div. IV, which is so good that the No. 8 seed, St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo, was strong enough to get to last weekend's title game in the Bay Shore Athletic League playoffs. Piedmont won that game, 62-49, behind a combined 45 points from Courtney and Ashley Paris, but the Bruins' 46-42 win over St. Mary's of Berkeley showed just what they could do. That win came just a few days after St. Mary's had knocked off Piedmont.

So who's seeded ahead of St. Patrick-St. Vincent in those Div. IV playoffs? Ursuline of Santa Rosa is in the top spot, followed by Piedmont, Marin Catholic and Healdsburg. That's four of the top 10 in the entire Bay Area region, regardless of section or division. Whew!

Berkeley, on the other hand, should have no trouble cruising to the NCS Div. I crown. The Yellowjackets won the ACCAL crown in convincing fashion last week by 75-57 over Alameda. It was their 11th straight win and was keyed by sophomore guard Danesha Wright's 23 points.


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