espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 4


No. 2 Paul VI preserved its perfect record with an overtime win over dangerous Miami Country Day, No. 3 Duncanville turned back a challenge from talent-rich Blackman, and No. 4 Riverdale Baptist was pushed to overtime by Princess Anne.

How's that for a holiday "break?"

It seems the only team that didn't provide some drama was No. 1. St. Mary's, which won the Title IX Classic in Washington, D.C. in fairly comfortable fashion.

Here's how it all shook out in the espnW 25 Power Rankings.

-- Dan Olson

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 4
1St. Mary's (11-0)
Stockton, CA

Last Week: 1
Utter defensive domination -- for 32 minutes -- is the main ingredient in St. Mary's success. That, and a ton of talent led by Oregon State recruit Kat Tudor and sensational sophomore Aquira DeCosta. The Nike Tournament of Champions champion added the Title IX Classic title in Washington, D.C., beating Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, Virginia), Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills, Ohio) and Forestville (Maryland).

2Paul VI (13-0)
Fairfax, VA

Last Week: 2
Sophomore Kate Klimkiewicz scored 25 points and earned MVP honors in a double-overtime win over Miami Country Day, giving Paul VI the title at the Naples Holiday Shootout. Raven James (Villanova) and Jasmine Whitney (Pittsburgh) earned all-tournament honors. Circle Jan. 7 on your calendar for the first Paul VI-Good Counsel clash.

3Duncanville (23-0)
Duncanville, TX

Last Week: 3
Could be that there's no denying Duncanville. The Panthers won the Sandra Meadows Classic, beating Blackman 64-43 in the final. Louisville signee Ciera Johnson was named MVP of the tournament, and Zarielle Green was named to the all-tournament team. Madison Townley (North Texas) earned all-defensive tourney honors.

4Riverdale Baptist (16-1)
Upper Marlboro, MD

Last Week: 4
Maryland signee Kaila Charles was named MVP of the Boo Williams Christmas Tournament after Riverdale Baptist was pushed to overtime by Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Virginia). Iowa State signee Nia Washington earned all-tournament honors.

5Centennial (14-1)
Las Vegas, NV

Last Week: 5
Junior Samantha Thomas won MVP honors and Centennial rolled through the Las Vegas Holiday Classic, winning three games by an average of 38 points.

6Neumann-Goretti (9-0)
Philadelphia, PA

Last Week: 6
Junior Chyna Nixon was named MVP of the Diamond State Classic as Neumann-Goretti posted a pair of wins to claim the title and run its winning streak to 39 games. The reigning national champs go for 40 straight Thursday vs. Bonner-Prendergast (Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania).

7Hopkins (12-1)
Minnetonka, MN

Last Week: 9
Michigan State signee Nia Hollie had 30 points and nine rebounds in a win over Eastview (Apple Valley, Minnesota). Next up is Edina (Minnesota).

8Homestead (13-0)
Fort Wayne, IN

Last Week: 10
Lindley Kistler hit two free throws with 5 seconds to go to help Homestead top Lawrence North (Indianapolis) 59-58 and remain perfect. Florida recruit Karissa McLaughlin is averaging 26 points per game.

9Columbus North (14-0)
Columbus, IN

Last Week: 11
Columbus North posted four wins, three of them en route to the Subway/Columbus North title, this past week, and Maliah Howard-Bass was the top scorer in each one, averaging 21.8 points per game.

10National Christian Academy (15-0)
Fort Washington, MD

Last Week: 13
Junior Mykea Gray led National Christian to three wins at the Title IX Classic.

11Heritage Christian (11-1)
Indianapolis, IN

Last Week: 14
Heritage Christian added two wins to its haul. Tyasha Harris and Katlyn Gilbert combined for 50 points and 21 rebounds in a victory over Pike (Indianapolis).

12Montini (16-0)
Lombard, IL

Last Week: 18
Lindsey Jarosinski averaged 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks and Montini Catholic won its Christmas tournament with a win over Whitney Young (Chicago).

13Lakota West (10-1)
West Chester, OH

Last Week: 8
Huber Heights Wayne handed Lakota West its first loss of the season, 41-35. On the bright side, West Virginia signee Nia Staples surpassed 1,000 points for her career.

14Archbishop Mitty (8-3)
San Jose, CA

Last Week: 7
Archbishop Mitty fell to Cicero-North Syracuse (New York), the old stomping grounds of Breanna Stewart, at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Palo Alto, California. Junior Madeline Holland had 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

15Ribault (16-0)
Jacksonville, FL

Last Week: 17
Led by junior Rennia Davis, Ribault beat Veterans (Katleen, Georgia) to win the title at the Colquitt County Christmas tournament. The Trojans then claimed their sweet 16th win by topping Oakleaf (Orange Park, Florida).

16Chaminade College Prep School (12-2)
West Hills, CA

Last Week: 15
Can we say enough about Leaonna Odom and Valerie Higgins? The seniors led Chaminade Prep to five wins since the Nike Tournament of Champions. Odom, a Duke signee, is averaging 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, and Higgins, a USC signee, is averaging 18 points, seven steals and seven assists.

17Forestville Military Academy (7-1)
Forestville, MD

Last Week: --
Syracuse signee Kiara Smith, sophomore Taleah Washington and freshman Anissa Rivera led Foresteville to wins over Konawaena (Kealakekua, Hawaii) and St. Francis (Alpharetta, Georgia) at the Title IX Classic before falling to No. 1 St. Mary's 77-62 in the final.

18Blackman (11-2)
Murfreesboro, TN

Last Week: 16
Connecticut signee Crystal Dangerfield led Blackman to wins over Plano (Texas) and McEachern (Powder Springs, Georgia) before falling to No. 3 Duncanville in the final.

19Mater Dei (13-1)
Santa Ana, CA

Last Week: 20
UCLA signee Allyson Rosenblum scored a career-high 38 points in a win over Palisades (Calfornia).

20Riverdale (14-1)
Murfreesboro, TN

Last Week: 22
Riverdale guards dropped not one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight or nine 3-pointers in a win over Houston (Germantown, Tennessee). Nope, they hit 10. Anastasia Hayes led the way with 24 points.

21St. Francis (14-1)
Alpharetta, GA

Last Week: 12
St. Francis suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 17 Forestville at the Title IX Classic.

22Saint Johns College (9-1)
Washington, DC

Last Week: --
Led by Michigan signee Kayla Robbins and junior Aisha Sheppard, St. John's topped No. 24 Good Counsel and makes its debut in the rankings.
23Little Rock Central (12-0)
Little Rock, AR

Last Week: --
Led by Arkansas signee Kiara Williams, a perfect Little Rock Central joins the Top 25 after taking the title in the Ball n'Prep Classic in Montgomery, Alabama.

24Good Counsel (8-2)
Olney, MD

Last Week: 19
Good Counsel fell to No. 22 St. John's College to start the new year.

25Providence Day School (12-1)
Charlotte, NC

Last Week: 25
Providence Day was off over the holiday break and returns to action this week.

On the bubble:
Hamilton Heights Christian (Tennessee)
Wenonah (Alabama)
Bishop Gorman (Nevada)
Long Beach Poly (California)
South Salem (Oregon)
Mason (Ohio)
Miami Country Day (Florida)
Dropped out:
Elizabethtown (Kentucky)
St. John Vianney (New Jersey)
South Salem (Oregon)