Four of the No. 1 teams in our first statewide look at each CIF state playoff division are all in the top five overall. The only suspense was in D5 where Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo is No. 1 for now.
Mater Dei of Santa Ana, St. Mary’s of Stockton, Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, Windward of Los Angeles and Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo have been given No. 1 rankings in the first Cal-Hi Sports girls basketball rankings this season according to the CIF state playoff divisions.
Here is the first listing of girls teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after games of Jan. 28 with some teams that have results included for this week):
CIF Division I
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 20-2
2. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 20-2
3. Edison (Huntington Beach) 18-2
4. Brea Olinda (Brea) 16-4
5. Santiago (Corona) 22-0
6. Summit (Fontana) 17-3
7. Troy (Fullerton) 13-6
8. Berkeley 16-2
9. Etiwanda 16-3
10. Narbonne (Harbor City) 18-6
11. Centennial (Corona) 18-4
12. El Toro (Lake Forest) 21-2
13. San Diego 17-5
14. Poly (Riverside) 17-5
15. Lincoln (Stockton) 16-3
Bubble: Deer Valley (Antioch) 13-6, Hanford 16-3, Heritage (Brentwood) 17-3, Millikan (Long Beach) 15-6, Poway 17-4, Stockdale (Bakersfield) 18-3, Wilcox (Santa Clara) 16-1.
Comments: Other than Summit, all of the CIF Southern Section teams in the top 10 above will be in the loaded Div. IAA playoffs. Mater Dei plays D4 No. 1 Windward on Friday at the Nike Extravaganza in a game that also will be No. 1 vs. No. 2 for the state. And if both team win CIF state crowns, remember that the outcome of this game also will probably decide the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports State Team of the Year honor.
CIF Division II
1. St. Mary’s (Stockton) 16-3
2. Carondelet (Concord) 16-3
3. J.W. North (Riverside) 19-3
4. St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 16-3
5. Lynwood 15-4
6. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 15-5
7. River City (West Sacramento) 21-1
8. Mark Keppel (Alhambra) 21-3
9. Dougherty Valley (San Ramon) 14-7
10. Casa Grande (Petaluma) 23-1
Bubble: Canyon (Anaheim) 15-7, Canyon (Canyon Country) 18-5, Foothill (Tustin) 18-4, La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 17-3, Maria Carillo (Santa Rosa) 20-3, St. Francis (Mountain View) 15-5, Ventura 19-3.
Comments: With the CIF Southern Section continuing to push most of its top teams into its top division, this should make it easier for St. Mary’s to repeat as D2 state champion and win the program’s fourth state title in a row. Lynwood, a tradional power that has won D1 state title before, is an intriguing new team to this division, though.
CIF Division III
1. Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 17-2
2. Mission Bay (San Diego) 15-5
3. Alemany (Mission Hills) 22-2
4. Miramonte (Orinda) 20-0
5. Sacramento 15-6
6. Yorba Linda 18-5
7. Modesto Christian 17-4
8. Santa Cruz 18-2
9. Terra Nova (Pacifica) 14-5
10. Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 17-5
Bubble: Arroyo Grande 16-5, Bonita (La Verne) 19-3, Independence (Bakersfield) 18-3, Laguna Hills 15-8, Mt. Miguel (Spring Valley) 15-5, West (Torrance) 19-5, Vanden (Travis AFB) 15-7.
Comments: Miramonte may be unbeaten, but Bishop O’Dowd from the same North Coast Section is nationally ranked and may have its best team ever. We’ll find out just how strong the Dragons are when they travel to Stockton on Feb. 11 to play D2 No. 1 St. Mary’s. Defending CIF state champ St. Joseph of Santa Maria lost star player Alyson Beebe to a knee injury this season also had another top player transfer. The Knights are only 5-16 on the season. Too bad.
CIF Division IV
1. Windward (Los Angeles) 18-3
2. La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 21-1
3. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 17-4
4. Chaminade (West Hills) 19-3
5. St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 14-6*
6. St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 19-6
7. Serra (Gardena) 19-3
8. Salesian (Richmond) 18-3
9. Bishop’s (La Jolla) 14-6
10. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 20-3
Bubble: Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank) 17-6*; Calaveras (San Andreas) 20-2; Campbell Hall (North Hollywood) 14-4, Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 13-5, Mercy (San Francisco) 19-3, St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo) 17-4, Soquel 18-3.
Comments: Windward and La Jolla Country Day are currently No. 1 and No. 3 in the overall state rankings. The LJCD faithful therefore need to be rooting for Windward to beat Mater Dei on Friday so that it could set up the Torreys for a possible run to be No. 1 in the state overall this season by beating Windward in the D4 South playoffs. Watch out for St. Mary’s of Berkeley in the north since the Panthers just got back super sophomore Gabby Green, who missed the first half of the season with an injury.
CIF Division V
1. Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 21-1
2. Brookside Christian (Stockton) 17-3
3. Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 13-8
4. Eastside Prep (Palo Alto) 11-10
5. St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 15-6
6. St. Francis CCC (Watsonville) 14-6
7. St. Vincent (Petaluma) 19-4
8. Turlock Christian 20-2
9. Hamilton (Hamilton City) 20-0
10. Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) 10-4
Bubble: Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 11-7, Convent Sacred Heart (San Francisco) 13-6, Ocean View Christian (San Diego) 15-2, Portola 14-2, Providence (Burbank) 18-4, Ripon Christian 15-4, San Domenico (San Anselmo) 16-4, Villanova Prep (Ojai) 16-5.
Comments: For a lot of the preseason, it looked like two-time defending state champ Pinewood was rebuilding, but just yesterday Doc Scheppler’s girls knocked off Eastside Prep. Mission Prep’s only loss is to D3 Independence of Bakersfield while all of its wins are over bigger schools as the Royals edged Brookside Christian for this first No. 1 ranking. Brookside also has stepped up to play mostly big schools and has been led by 30 ppg scorer Tiara Tucker.
Note: Paul Muyskens contributed to these rankings.