espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 15

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Minnesota and New Jersey threw in some late-season surprises, and the stage is set for an epic finish in California.

Elk River capped a perfect season in Minnesota with a win over perennial powerhouse Hopkins for the state championship. In New Jersey, Franklin topped both Manasquan and Rutgers Prep to win the Nike Tournament of Champions and enter the espnW 25 Power Rankings for the first time.

We won't get a surprise champ in California. What we will get is a collision of powerhouses. And a champion that has looked the part all season long. It's No. 5 Clovis West against No. 8 Archbishop Mitty in the CIF Open Division state final. Archbishop Mitty topped Clovis West back in December, 76-75 in overtime.

After that, we've got the Dick's Sporting Goods Nationals March 31-April 1 in New York City. Miami Country Day takes on Seton Catholic in one semifinal, and Hamilton Heights plays St. Frances in the other.

Between now and then, we celebrate the nation's top seniors at the McDonald's All American Games on March 29 in Chicago.

-- Dan Olson

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 15
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1Centennial (30-2)
Las Vegas, NV
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Last Week: 1
Centennial dominated the competition in Nevada and beyond. Behind a balanced attack, Centennial won its third straight state title and had signature wins over Seton Catholic and Clovis West. Its two losses were to Clovis West and Paul VI.

2Saint Johns College (31-2)
Washington, DC
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Last Week: 2
St. John's College won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title and the Washington, D.C. city championship. The two losses were to Paul VI (a team they beat twice) and Clovis West.

3Paul VI (32-2)
Fairfax, VA
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Last Week: 3
Paul VI, which lost only to St. John's College, will showcase perhaps the best back court in the land next year with Ashley Owusu and Honesty Scott-Grayson.

4Country Day School (29-1)
Miami, FL
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Last Week: 4
Miami Country Day showcases perhaps the best back court in the land this season. Channise Lewis and Kelsey Marshall look to show off in the Dick's Sporting Goods Nationals in New York. Miami Country Day's lone loss was to Clovis West.

5Clovis West (33-2)
Fresno, CA
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Last Week: 5
Behind Sarah Bates and Megan Anderson, Clovis West beat Long Beach Poly 53-44 to advance to its first CIF Open Division state final. A win over Destiny Littleton and The Bishop's School got Clovis West into the semis. Anderson had 21 points in that one, and Tess Amundsen added 18. The high-octane championship game is a rematch of a Dec. 10 clash in Hawaii, won by Mitty 76-75 in overtime.

6Duncanville (39-2)
Duncanville, TX
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Last Week: 6
Duncanville won its second straight state title. MVP Zarielle Green, Aniya Thomas and Starr Jacobs all return.

7Grandview (27-1)
Aurora, CO
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Last Week: 7
UCLA recruit Michaela Onyenwere was brilliant all year long and led Grandview to its first state title. Onyenwere will be playing in the McDonald's All American Games March 29 in Chicago.

8Archbishop Mitty (28-2)
San Jose, CA
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Last Week: 8
With a game to go, Mitty's got momentum. Madeline Holland (44 points combined) and Haley Jones led the way in wins over St. Mary's (Stockton, California) and Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa, California) to propel Mitty to Saturday's CIF Open Division final, where it will be going for its seventh state title. Clovis West is waiting.

9Riverdale (34-0)
Murfreesboro, TN
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Last Week: 9
Tennessee recruit Anastasia Hayes led Riverdale to its second straight state title. Not to mention an undefeated season. Hayes caps her brilliant career at the McDonald's All American Games on March 29.

10Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (28-1)
Chattanooga, TN
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Last Week: 10
Led by four elite prospects, Hamilton Heights already won national titles at the NACA national championship and the USA Preps. Now they'll go for a third at the Dick's Sporting Goods Nationals.

11Monacan (30-0)
Richmond, VA
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Last Week: 11
Megan Walker, Megan Walker, Megan Walker. The Naismith player of the year and the Gatorade national player of the year led Monacan to its third straight state title in spectacular fashion. Her next act is at the McDonald's All American Games on March 29. Did we mention Megan Walker?

12Long Beach Polytechnic (27-4)
Long Beach, CA
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Last Week: 12
Long Beach Poly, plagued by foul trouble, fell to Clovis West 53-44 in the CIF Open Division state semifinals. Ayanna Clark will cap her career at the McDonald's All American Games on March 29.

13Mesquite (31-1)
Gilbert, AZ
1

Last Week: 14
Mesquite won its first state title in school history, and junior Shaylee Gonzales, the Gatorade player of the year, will be back.

14Canyon (31-3)
Canyon, TX
1

Last Week: 15
Propelled by undeclared senior Angel Hayden, Canyon won its fourth straight state championship with a win over Timberview.

15Timberview (37-3)
Mansfield, TX
1

Last Week: 16
Chennedy Carter and Timberview fell a game short of a state championship. Before joining Aggie Nation, she'll play in the McDonald's All American Games.

16Seton Catholic (29-3)
Chandler, AZ
1

Last Week: 17
Seton Catholic was crowned state champion in Arizona. Now Sarah Barcello, Jenn Wirth and LeeAnne Wirth go for a national title at the Dick's Sporting Goods Nationals.

17Argyle (37-2)
Argyle, TX
1

Last Week: 18
Senior Vivian Gray was named MVP as Argyle won its third straight state title.

18Cypress Ranch (32-7)
Cypress, TX
2

Last Week: 20
Cypress Ranch was runner-up to Duncanville in the Texas state tournament. Baylor recruit Deauzya Richards will show off her skills at the McDonald's All American Games.

19St. Frances Academy (30-0)
Baltimore, MD
2

Last Week: 21
Nia Clouden and St. Frances Academy will put their perfect season on the line at the Dick's Sporting Goods Nationals.

20Franklin (25-7)
Somerset, NJ
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Last Week: --
A warm welcome to Franklin, which beat Manasquan 50-48 on a buzzer-beater by freshman Kennady Schenck to capture the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. Sophomore guard Diamond Miller led Franklin with 18 points.

21Fayetteville (30-2)
Fayetteville, AR
1

Last Week: 22
On top of a state title, Fayetteville had two impressive wins over Duncanville and McEachern.

22Ribault (26-3)
Jacksonville, FL
1

Last Week: 23
Ribault won its second straight state title, and Rennia Davis is off to the McDonald's All American Games.

23McEachern (26-6)
Powder Springs, GA
1

Last Week: 24
Georgia recruit Quanniecia Morrison propelled McEachern to its fourth straight state title.

24Elk River (32-0)
Elk River, MN
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Last Week: --
Hello, Elk River! Bradley recruit Gabi Haack scored 25 points to lead Elk River to a win over Hopkins and the state championship.

25Rutgers Prep (30-2)
Somerset, NJ
12

Last Week: 13
Rutgers Prep fell to Franklin in the semifinals of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions.

On the bubble:
Manasquan (New Jersey)
Dropped out:
Hopkins (Minnesota)
Wenonah (Alabama)