espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 14


On Saturday, Blackman won its first Tennessee state title. On Tuesday, the Lady Blaze find themselves in position to win their first national title.

Blackman moves into the No. 1 spot in the espnW 25 Power rankings after winning the Tennessee AAA championship with a 65-44 win over Ridgeway. Sophomore Crystal Dangerfield, who was named tournament MVP, and junior Alex Johnson each scored 19 points in the final. MeMe Jackson, a junior Tennessee recruit, added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The top spot was up for grabs after Windward knocked off previous No. 1. Mater Dei in the California Southern Section Open Division final on Friday night. Windward, which hasn't lost since December, moves into the No. 2 spot ahead of No. 3 Incarnate Word Academy, No. 4 Duncanville and No. 5 Mater Dei.

There's still room for plenty of movement in the weeks ahead, though, as California, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are still going strong.

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 14
1Blackman (34-1)
Murfreesboro, TN

Last Week: 2
Blackman won its first state title with a 65-44 win over Ridgeway on Saturday. Crystal Dangerfield was named tournament MVP, and Jazz Bond, MeMe Jackson and Alex Johnson earned all-tourney accolades. Blackman's only loss is to No. 3 Incarnate Word Academy at the Naples Holiday Shootout. They avenged it a few weeks later.
2Windward (26-2)
Los Angeles, CA

Last Week: 5
Windward knocked off previous No. 1 Mater Dei 61-46 in the California Southern Section Open Division final. Windward, which hasn't lost since a Dec. 21 setback to Nazareth at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona, now heads into the California state playoffs.
3Incarnate Word Academy (27-1)
Saint Louis, MO

Last Week: 4
Incarnate Word beat Miller Career Academy 76-58 in a district final and advanced to sectionals. Incarnate Word's lone loss is to No. 1 Blackman, a team it had defeated earlier in the season.
4Duncanville (35-1)
Duncanville, TX

Last Week: 3
Duncanville concluded its season with a 58-53 loss to No. 6 Manvel in a Texas state final. The loss snapped its 105-game winning streak.
5Mater Dei (25-2)
Santa Ana, CA

Last Week: 1
Mater Dei suffered its second loss of the season, 61-46 in the California Southern Section Open Division final. The Monarch head into the California state playoffs and could get another shot at Windward in the state playoffs.
6Manvel (38-2)
Manvel, TX

Last Week: 6
Manvel avenged an earlier loss to Duncanville with a 58-53 win for the Texas state championship. Manvel finished its season with just two losses, the other one to No. 14 Whitney Young, the Illinois state champs.
7Regis Jesuit (24-2)
Aurora, CO

Last Week: 7
Regis Jesuit is rolling through the Colorado state playoffs and is two wins away from hoisting the trophy.
8Myers Park (29-1)
Charlotte, NC

Last Week: 9
Junior Rydeiah Rogers was selected MVP of the North Carolina Western regional and Myers Park goes for the state title against Southeast Raleigh on Saturday.
9Bedford North Lawrence (27-1)
Bedford, IN

Last Week: 10
Bedford North Lawrence celebrated its second straight state championship after a 51-41 victory over Penn. BNL has a 55-1 record over the past two seasons. BNL's lone loss was to No. 11 Lawrence North in January.
10Long Beach Polytechnic (23-3)
Long Beach, CA

Last Week: 8
Long Beach Poly begins the state playoffs on Friday against the Bishop's School.
11Lawrence North (25-2)
Indianapolis, IN

Last Week: 11
Lawrence North's stellar season ended in the Indiana semifinals with a loss to Bedford North Lawrence.
12St. Mary's (25-4)
Stockton, CA

Last Week: 12
St. Mary's takes a 14-game winning streak into the state playoffs and a game against Miramonte.
13Rock Bridge (23-3)
Columbia, MO

Last Week: 13
Rock Bridge takes on Washington on Wednesday and is four wins from a state championship.
14Whitney Young (33-3)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 14
Whitney Young reclaimed its second Illinois state title in three years by knocking off defending champion Marian Catholic in the semis and Rolling Meadows in the final.
15Riverdale Baptist (27-3)
Upper Marlboro, MD

Last Week: 15
Riverdale Baptist beat previously unbeaten No. 18 New Hope Christian Academy in the National Association of Christian Athletes championship game.
16M. X. Shabazz (28-1)
Newark, NJ

Last Week: 16
Zaire O'Neil grabbed her 1,000th career rebound in a 64-31 sectional quarterfinal win, and Shabazz cruised in the sectional semis. Next up is a sectional final Tuesday night against New Providence.
17Salmen (33-1)
Slidell, LA

Last Week: 20
Salmen won its second straight state championship. Kalani Brown was named the MVP of the tournament and Megan Brown, who had 21 points in the final, earned game MVP honors.
18New Hope Christian Academy (30-1)
Thomasville, NC

Last Week: 19
New Hope Christian lost its lone game of the season in the NACA final to No. 15 Riverdale Baptist.
19McEachern (28-2)
Powder Springs, GA

Last Week: --
McEachern claimed Georgia's AAAAAA state title with an 81-62 victory over Archer behind 20 points from Caliya Robinson and 17 points from Te'a Cooper. McEachern's two losses this season were to No. 1 Blackman and Marian Catholic (Ill.)
20Southwest Dekalb (30-3)
Decatur, GA

Last Week: 17
Southwest Dekalb fell to Tucker for the second time this season in Georgia's AAAAA state championship game. Southwest Dekalb's only other loss was to No. 2 Windward.
21Etiwanda (20-6)
Etiwanda, CA

Last Week: 18
Etiwanda takes on Clovis West in the state playoffs against Clovis West after a heartbreaking loss to No. 5 Mater Dei in a California Southern Section Open Division semifinal.
22Sierra Canyon (23-4)
Chatsworth, CA

Last Week: 23
Sierra Canyon opens its state playoffs against McFarland after a loss to Mater Dei in a California Southern Section Open Division quarterfinal.
23Neumann-Goretti (26-0)
Philadelphia, PA

Last Week: 24
Neumann a Goretti rolled by Camp Hill in th first round of the Pennsylvania state tournament and takes on Minersville on Tuesday night.
24Salesian (27-6)
Richmond, CA

Last Week: 22
Salesian lost to St. Mary's (Berkeley) 65-57 after beating them three times already this season. Salesian next takes on St. Ignatius in the state playoffs.
25Miami Senior (31-1)
Miami, FL

Last Week: 25
Miami claimed the Florida 8A state championship with a 49-33 win over Treasure Coast.
On the bubble:
Elizabethtown (Ky.)
Joliet Catholic (Ill.)
Clovis (N.M.)
Paul VI (Va.)
Jean Ribault (Fla.)
Warren Easton Charter (La.)
Tucker (Ga.)
Dropped out:
Christ the King (N.Y.)