State Divisional Girls BB Rankings

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A second Mater Dei joins this week’s divisional lists as the Crusaders from Chula Vista break through in Division IV. Three other new teams this week are from the CIF North Coast Section.

This week’s divisional state rankings for girls basketball do not include any results from section playoff games from Wednesday night. They do account for games played on Tuesday night and of course through the previous weekend.

Some section playoffs will be whittled down to the final two after the upcoming weekend. All section championships will be played from Feb. 29 through March 3.

With help from Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here is the fourth listing of girls teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after section playoff games played on Tuesday, Feb. 21; previous ranking in parentheses):

CIF Division I

1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 24-3

2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 26-2

3. (3) Santiago (Corona) 28-0

4. (4) Summit (Fontana) 22-3

5. (5) Berkeley 21-2

6. (6) Edison (Huntington Beach) 22-3

7. (7) Brea Olinda (Brea) 20-5

8. (8) Etiwanda 22-3

9. (9) Huntington Beach 21-4

10. (10) Narbonne (Harbor City) 25-6

11. (11) El Toro (Lake Forest) 24-2

12. (12) Troy (Fullerton) 18-7

13. (13) Rialto 24-1

14. (15) San Diego 23-5

15. (NR) Deer Valley (Antioch) 19-7

Drops: Previous No. 14 Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove).

Bubble: Canyon Springs (Moreno Valley) 20-7, Eastlake (Chula Vista) 25-3, Hanford 21-4, Heritage (Brentwood) 21-4, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 20-8, Sheldon (Sacramento) 21-7, Stockdale (Bakersfield) 24-3, Wilcox (Santa Clara) 20-2.

Comments: The lack of strong teams in the Sac-Joaquin, Central Coast and North Coast sections (other than Berkeley) means that the state final in this division could be more lopsided even than it has been in recent years. It’s not that there are no teams in the north that would be able to give Mater Dei or Long Beach Poly a tough game. It’s just that again other than possibly Berkeley none of those teams are Division I.

CIF Division II

1. (1) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 24-3

2. (2) Lynwood 21-4

3. (3) Carondelet (Concord) 23-3

4. (6) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 21-5

5. (4) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 23-4

6. (5) J.W. North (Riverside) 24-4

7. (8) Mark Keppel (Alhambra) 25-3

8. (9) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 28-1

9. (NR) Canyon (Anaheim) 20-7

10. (10) Dougherty Valley (San Ramon) 18-8

Drops: Previous No. 7 River City (West Sacramento).

Bubble: Foothill (Tustin) 21-5, La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 22-4, Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 24-5, Palo Alto 17-4, Perris 22-6, River City (West Sacramento) 25-2, St. Francis (Mountain View) 17-9, Ventura 23-3.

Comments: River City’s loss to El Dorado of Placerville came in its regular season finale and had no bearing on the team getting a No. 2 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in this division. The loss did drop the Raiders behind several other teams in the state rankings and shows they probably will not be much of a threat to top seed St. Mary’s of Stockton.

CIF Division III

1. (1) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 23-3

2. (2) Mission Bay (San Diego) 20-6

3. (3) Alemany (Mission Hills) 27-2

4. (4) Miramonte (Orinda) 26-0

5. (5) Sacramento 22-6

6. (6) Yorba Linda 23-5

7. (7) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 21-5

8. (8) Modesto Christian 22-5

9. (9) West (Torrance) 24-5

10. (10) Bonita (La Verne) 26-3

Drops: None.

Bubble: Arroyo Grande 22-5, Independence (Bakersfield) 22-5, Laguna Hills 19-8, Mt. Miguel (Spring Valley) 22-5, Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 21-6, Santa Cruz 23-3, Vanden (Travis AFB) 21-7.

Comments: The only team in the top 10 or on the bubble from last week that lost was Independence of Bakersfield and that team’s loss was to D1 Stockdale. Bishop O’Dowd and Miramonte seem on track to meet in an attractive North Coast Section final. Even though the Matadors are unbeaten, O’Dowd would be the favorite due its size and strength of schedule. In the south, Mission Bay and Alemany seem to be the best bets as of now to get the top two seeds in the regional playoffs. That is provided, of course, that the Buccaneers and Warriors win section titles.

CIF Division IV

1. (1) Windward (Los Angeles) 25-3

2. (2) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 25-1

3. (3) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 22-4

4. (4) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 22-6*

5. (5) Chaminade (West Hills) 24-4

6. (6) Serra (Gardena) 23-3

7. (8) St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 23-7

8. (7) Salesian (Richmond) 24-4

9. (NR) Mater Dei (Chula Vista) 20-5

10. (10) Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank) 22-7

Drops: Previous No. 9 Mercy (San Francisco).

Bubble: Bishop’s (La Jolla) 17-8, Calaveras (San Andreas) 25-3, Campbell Hall (North Hollywood) 18-6, JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 20-6, Mercy (San Francisco) 24-4, Muir (Pasadena) 26-4*, St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo) 21-6, Soquel 22-4.

Comments: Mercy’s loss was 53-52 to Menlo School of Atherton. The Skippers also got a win last week over defending D5 state champ Pinewood, but had to slip behind newcomer Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista in this week’s rankings. Although Mater Dei isn’t at the level of San Diego powerhouse La Jolla Country Day what stands out about its season so far is two wins over Eastlake of Chula Vista. Eastlake is 25-3 and has been one of the top-ranked San Diego Section Division I teams.

CIF Division V

1. (1) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 26-1

2. (2) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 23-4

3. (3) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 16-11

4. (4) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 16-10

5. (6) Hamilton (Hamilton City) 26-0

6. (8) Ripon Christian 21-4

7. (NR) Sonoma Academy (Sonoma) 25-2

8. (NR) University (San Francisco) 24-4*

9. (7) Eastside Prep (Palo Alto) 12-13

10. (10) Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) 15-4

Drops: Previous No. 5 St. Vincent (Petaluma); No. 9 St. Francis CCC (Watsonville).

Bubble: Convent Sacred Heart (San Francisco) 16-8, International (San Francisco) 18-9, Ocean View Christian (San Diego) 19-2, Pacific Collegiate (Santa Cruz) 21-4, Portola 22-4, Providence (Burbank) 24-4, St. Francis CCC (Watsonville) 17-9, St. Vincent (Petaluma) 23-5, Turlock Christian 24-3, Villanova Prep (Ojai) 22-6.

Comments: There was actually quite a bit of movement in this division for this week after St. Vincent lost a game to Sonoma Academy while St. Francis CCC fell by nearly 20 points to Soquel. Both teams still could be dangerous in their section playoffs, but the new teams going in are just on a bit more of a roll. Pinewood stayed at No. 3 because its loss was to D4 Mercy of San Francisco and was followed up by another win over Eastside Prep. St. Joseph also didn’t drop from No. 4 because its loss was to D4 Piedmont and the team also was still seeded No. 1 for the NCS D5 playoffs.

Comments or corrections? Email Mark.Tennis@espn.com.