After making it through the regular season undefeated and in the No. 1 spot in the state rankings, St. Joseph suffered its first loss last week in the opening round of the FCIAC tournament. With the defeat, St. Joe's drops to No. 3 in the rankings and Hillhouse ascends from the No. 2 spot to take over at the top.
St. Joseph went through a similar scenario last year, following up a hugely successful regular season with a first-round loss in the FCIAC tourney. The Cadets rebounded to win the state championship, however, so this isn't a disaster by any stretch.
POWERADE State Basketball Rankings
Hillhouse (21-0) — Last week: No. 2
New London (19-2) — Last week: No. 3
St. Joseph (20-1) — Last week: No. 1