espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 4

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New year, new No. 1. We're ringing in 2018 with undefeated Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, California) in the top spot in the espnW 25 Power Rankings for Week 4. After winning the Nike Tournament of Champions, Mitty cruised to the title at the West Coast Jamboree.

Hamilton Heights Christian (Chattanooga, Tennessee), which previously held the top spot, fell to Westridge Academy (Kernersville, North Carolina) at the Title IX Classic in Washington, D.C., and falls to No. 3.

With some big games on tap this week, more change is in the air. It's just a matter of where.

-- Dan Olson

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 4
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1Archbishop Mitty (12-0)
San Jose, CA
1

Last Week: 2
Haley Jones was named MVP of the West Coast Jamboree after Mitty rolled to three wins and remained perfect on the season. Karisma Ortiz (Penn State) and Nicole Blakes (San Diego) also earned all-tournament honors.

2Paul VI (10-1)
Fairfax, VA
1

Last Week: 3
Maryland recruit Ashley Owusu scored her 1,000th career point this past week, and Paul VI heads for a showdown vs. St. John's College on Wednesday. Paul VI's lone loss was to Christ the King (Middle Village, New York), by a point, in its season opener.

3Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (13-2)
Chattanooga, TN
2

Last Week: 1
Sophomore center Kamilla Cardosa had 20 points, but Hamilton Heights suffered its second loss of the season, 63-59 to Westridge Academy.

4Duncanville (24-1)
Duncanville, TX
1

Last Week: 5
Tennessee recruit Zarielle Green was named MVP of the Sandra Meadows Classic, where host Duncanville beat Harvard-Westlake (Los Angeles) 45-30 in the championship game. Sophomore center Hannah Gusters was named defensive MVP of the tournament.

5Riverdale (15-1)
Murfreesboro, TN
1

Last Week: 6
Riverdale beat Collins Hill (Suwanee, Georgia) 70-61 in the State Farm Classic. Vanderbilt signee Brinae Alexander had 26 points in the win.

6St. Mary's (11-2)
Stockton, CA
2

Last Week: 4
St. Mary's, runner-up at the Nike Tournament of Champions, fell to Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, New York) 60-51 in its opener at the Title IX Classic before winning its next two.

7Saint Johns College (10-1)
Washington, DC
--

Last Week: 7
St. John's College coasted to two wins this past week and heads for a showdown with Paul VI on Wednesday.

8Southeast Raleigh (13-0)
Raleigh, NC
--

Last Week: 8
Led by sophomore guard Jamia Hazell, Southeast Raleigh won the John Wall Invitational.

9Centennial (13-2)
Las Vegas, NV
2

Last Week: 11
Busy Centennial and sensational Justice Ethridge rolled at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.

10Riverdale Baptist (10-3)
Upper Marlboro, MD
2

Last Week: 12
Behind sophomore guard and MVP Elizabeth Martino, Riverdale Baptist went 3-0 at the Title IX Classic. Riverdale Baptist's three losses are to No. 3 Hamilton Heights Christian, No. 5 Riverdale and No. 6 St. Mary's. Next up is a showdown with Rock Creek Christian (Upper Marlboro, Maryland).

11Westridge Academy (15-1)
Kernersville, NC
2

Last Week: 13
After trailing by 16 points in the first half, Westridge Academy, led by Kirsten Deans and Jordan Tuff, rallied by Hamilton Heights Christian 63-59 at the Title IX Classic.

12Mercer County (13-1)
Harrodsburg, KY
2

Last Week: 14
Behind MVP Seygan Robins, Mercer County beat Westlake (Atlanta, Georgia) to win the Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida. Mercer County's lone loss was in its opener, to No. 5 Riverdale.

13Princess Anne (11-1)
Virginia Beach, VA
7

Last Week: 20
Xaria Wiggins had 11 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a 63-53 win over Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Maryland) in the final of the Boo Williams Christmas Classic.

14Bishop McNamara (8-1)
Forestville, MD
4

Last Week: 10
Juniors Aliyah Matharu and Jakia Brown-Turner were strong in defeat vs. Princess Anne, but Bishop McNamara slides four spots.

15Christ the King (8-0)
Middle Village, NY
--

Last Week: 15
Christ the King returns from holiday break Sunday with a game against South Shore (Brooklyn, New York), which just beat No. 16 Long Island Lutheran at the Title IX Classic.

16Long Island Lutheran (5-3)
Brookville, NY
7

Last Week: 23
Celeste Taylor was superb in a 60-51 win over St. Mary's Stockton, but Long Island Lutheran fell to South Shore the following day. Another challenge is on the horizon as Diamond Miller and Franklin (Somerset, New Jersey) visit on Saturday.

17Hoover (17-0)
Birmingham, AL
8

Last Week: 9
Hoover coasted to two more wins this past week.

18Detroit Edison Academy (6-0)
Detroit, MI
2

Last Week: 16
Rickea Jackson has been sensational, and Detroit Edison Academy has been perfect.

19Westlake (11-1)
Atlanta, GA
3

Last Week: 22
Texas Tech signee Taylor Hosendove was named to the all-tournament team at the Naples Holiday Shootout, but Westlake suffered its first loss of the season, 77-73 to No. 12 Mercer County.

20Southridge (9-1)
Beaverton, OR
2

Last Week: 18
Cameron Brink averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds as Southridge went 4-0 this past week.

21Central Valley (9-0)
Veradale, WA
--

Last Week: 21
Stanford signee Lexie Hull had 24 points to beat Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Washington) 67-31. Bellarmine Prep was the last team to beat Central Valley, and that was two years ago.

22Winter Haven (12-0)
Winter Haven, FL
5

Last Week: 17
Winter Haven went 3-0 this past week and won the Floridaprospects.com tournament.

23Rock Creek Christian (13-3)
Upper Marlboro, MD
1

Last Week: 24
Behind Syracuse signee Taleah Washington, Rock Creek Christian won two games this past week. Next up is No. 10 Riverdale Baptist.

24Carmel (16-1)
Carmel, IN
1

Last Week: 25
Iowa signee Tomi Taiwo averaged 21 points and went 16-for-16 from the free throw line during three wins at the Raymond James Holiday Classic.

25North Little Rock (11-2)
N Little Rock, AR
--

Last Week: --
Behind TCU signee Yo'myris Morris, North Little Rock heads for a showdown with Little Rock Central on Friday.

On the bubble:
Collins Hill (Georgia)
Manhattan (Kansas)
North Central (Indiana)
Wesleyan School (Georgia)
Hickory Ridge (North Carolina)
Dropped out:
Hopkins (Minnesota)

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