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. 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 15; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Mitty (San Jose) 31-2

2. (3) Piedmont 30-4

3. (12) Vacaville 33-2

4. (2) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 25-5

5. (4) Ursuline (Santa Rosa) 29-4

6. (6) Carondelet (Concord) 28-3

7. (5) Berkeley 26-6

8. (8) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 24-7

9. (13) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 25-9

10. (9) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 23-7

11. (7) Notre Dame (Salinas) 28-3

12. (10) Healdsburg 27-3

13. (11) Technical (Oakland) 25-4*

14. (14) Presentation (San Jose) 26-9

15. (15) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 25-3

16. (16) Acalanes (Lafayette) 23-8

17. (17) Miramonte (Orinda) 20-8

18. (19) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 26-5

19. (18) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 20-9

20. (nr) Northgate (Walnut Creek) 20-8

Notes & Highlights

It's sometimes tough to rank teams from the Sac-Joaquin Section because (other than Stockton St. Mary's) very few play opponents from outside the section. Such was the case for Vacaville, which had a great record but had no wins to measure against other top teams from the Bay Area. That all changed last week when the Bulldogs came from behind to beat Carondelet on the road in the NorCal Div. II semis and then knocked off Pinewood in the final. Bernadette White's fierce inside play and Pinewood's poor shooting -- 4-of-17 on three-pointers in the first half -- gave Vacaville the edge.

Berkeley's big loss to Laguna Creek in the NorCal Div. I semis plus the fact that Pinewood had a late-season win over Ursuline in a nonleague game were all factors in Vacaville rising from No. 12 all the way to No. 3 in this week's rankings.

Also on the rise is NorCal Div. III champ Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Irish played Presentation for the fifth time this season in the NorCal final and prevailed by 37-23. They will make their third CIF state title game appearance in six years on Saturday vs. Bishop Montgomery of Torrance. Sacred Heart Cathedral lost to Bishop Montgomery in the 2001 final, part of a current run of three straight state titles for that school.

Mitty, also of the WCAL, is going for its third CIF state title with one previously in Div. III and one previously in Div. I. The Monarchs are facing the nation's No. 2 team, Lynwood, but if they play like they did last Saturday against Laguna Creek they do have the firepower to pull off the upset, as long as they keep down their turnovers.

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