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Powerade Fab 50 rankings - Week 7

Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) is adding to the 2010-11 streak-mania by winning 75 straight games. AP Photo/Tom Strickland

It is a season of basketball enamored with streaks. None more prominent than the Connecticut Huskies women's team breaking the NCAA record for consecutive wins.

Then there is the streak of the Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) girls' basketball team, which has won 75 games in a row.

Stan Benge's Giants, ranked No. 8 in the current Powerade Fab 50, were a perfect 28-0 last season, en route to the program's second straight class 4A state title. Only two opponents all of last season managed to keep the margin to 12 points.

Where exactly does a streak like this start?

"We had a very good team of all underclass players and got beat in the regional by the eventual state champions three years ago and the girls became very motivated to not let that happen again," Benge said.

Girl's NHSF Consecutive Wins Records

The National High School Federation's top 10 for most consecutive wins through the end of the 2009-2010 season.

The freshman core of that group included Bria Goss, now the No. 17 ranked senior in the country, according to ESPN HoopGurlz. All the other classes on the current team have inherited the streak.

"I don't believe they feel any pressure," Benge said of this year's squad. "They do not want to get beat, but I think that would be the case regardless. Several of the players were not on the team or were in middle school when the streak started. "

If the Giants do as many expect and win out while collecting a third state championship this season, the streak will stretch to 87 games. That scenario would put Ben Davis within 19 victories of cracking the National High School Federation girls' record book, tying Midway High School (Midway, S.C.) circa 1952 and Mountain View High School (Orem, Utah) from 1997-2001, at 106 consecutive wins. The overall national record is 218 in a row, set by the girl's team from Baskin High School (Baskin, La.) from 1947-53.

In the meantime, with one benchmark victory, 58-45 over Warren Central (Indianapolis, Ind.), out of the way, this highly regarded group can focus on achieving its goal for the season.

"It does not feel like we have won that many games," Benge added. "We have made mistakes and not played well at times. The girls want to be able to play at the next level and know they need to improve to do so."

As if being the two-time defending state champs isn't enough, the streak will enlarge the target on the team's back, assuring it will get the opponent's best effort every time out.

Some believe a loss for a seemingly invincible team is a good thing because it stamps out complacency. So for a group of underclassmen who have never known defeat and for a senior class that has just two losses in three-and-a-half seasons, how would they handle losing?

"(It) depends on when we get beat," Benge said. "If it is in the regular season, I am sure our focus will be getting better for the tournament. If it is in the tournament then it will be devastating. If it is next year, early, I think it would be time to reflect on how great the streak was and how lucky all of us are to be a part of it."

-- Chris Hansen & Kara Howe

High-School Nation

Junior Lexee Wilson of Hart County (Munfordville, Ky.) continues to impress, scoring her 1,000th career point in a game against Glasgow (Glasgow, Ky.) last week. ... Rachel Ward, a George Washington (Charleston, W.Va.) freshman, scored a game-high 26 points along with six rebounds, four assists, four steals, and connected on four 3-pointers, three of which came in the first half in their win against St. Albans (St. Albans, W.Va.). ... Tennessee-bound Ariel Massengale put on a show Monday night as her Bolingbrook Raiders (Bolingbrook, Ill.) defeated rival Montini (Lombard, Ill.) in a much-anticipated game. Massengale totaled 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the win. ... Whitney Johnson of Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) is on a tear as of late. The senior forward, who has committed to New Mexico, has put up 29, 29 and 28 points in her last three games. ... Vinishia Jackson, a junior at Minneapolis SW (Minneapolis, Minn.), had an impressive triple-double to lead her team against Minneapolis North (Minneapolis, Minn.) as she finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and two blocks.

Donielle Breaux is stepping up her game and making others take notice. Breaux led her Elkins (Missouri City, Texas) squad with 21 points and six steals in an upset over Texas powerhouse Hightower (Missouri City, Texas). She also had 30 points, six rebounds, and three steals against Bush (Richmond, Texas) to round out the week. ... Averee Fields, a senior at Calloway County (Murray, Ky.), scored her 2000th career point in a game last week against Marshall County (Benton, Ky.). Fields has signed with West Virginia University. ... Kaylah Keys of Harding Academy (Memphis, Tenn.) poured in 37 points as her team beat visiting Southern Baptist (Southhaven, Miss.). ... Allisha Gray shines on as she puts up mass numbers. The sophomore at Washington County in Sandersville, Ga., has scored 103 points in 3 games; 21 during a victorious 49-44 overtime nail-biter against Baldwin (Milledgeville, Ga.), 42 in a win against Glenn Hills (Augusta, Ga.), and 40 in a win against Putnam County (Eatonton, Ga.). ... Elissa VandeWaa tied an Alabama state record for most assists in a game and now ranks second for steals in a game. The Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, Ala.) senior had an incredible showing with 20 points, 21 steals and 18 assists during a win over Vigor (Prichard, Ala.). ... Centennial High School (Las Vegas, Nevada) joined an elite group of teams to reach the 100-point benchmark by beating Palo Verde (Las Vegas, Nevada) 100-23.

-- Kara Howe and Rebecca Gray

Musical Chairs

After another week during which the chalk mostly held (the top 12 remains intact), the focus is forward, mostly on Saturday's huge regional matchup of the defending Alabama and Georgia state champions. No. 16 Norcross (Norcross, Ga.), the defending Georgia AAAAA titlists, will take on No. 27 Hoover (Hoover, Ala.), the Alabama Class 6A champs during an event at Starr's Mill High School in Fayetteville, Ga., called Girls Night Out and benefitting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The matchup is intriguing because Hoover is hitting its stride, having rattled off 13 straight wins, including avenging its lone loss, to Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.). Of the three great Alabama schools, Hoover trails only No. 21 Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.) in the Powerade Fab 50 rankings for high-school girls' basketball. The third Alabama power, Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.) is No. 30.

Meanwhile, Twinsburg (Twinsburg, Ohio) took the largest leap, from No. 41 to No. 34, after sweeping DuPont Manual (Louisville, Ky.) and Myrtle Beach (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) at the Classic in the Country in Berlin, Ohio. The Tigers, led by Malina Howard, a 6-foot-4 post ranked No. 21 by ESPN HoopGurlz in the 2012 class, improved to 13-0 with the victories.

Webb City (Webb City, Mo.) joins the national listing at No. 44 after dropping two Fab 50 teams, then-No. 35 Incarnate Word (St. Louis, Mo.) and then-No. 45 Overton (Memphis, Tenn.) last week. Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.), which improved to 14-2 after a victory over tough Oak Ridge Military Academy (Oak Ridge, N.C.) debuts in the Fab 50 at No. 50.

Records are through Jan, 18, 2011 games, where reported.

Previous National Rankings: Preseason | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

Additions: 44. Webb City (Webb City, Mo.) 14-2, 50. Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.) 14-2.

Subtractions: William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia, Pa.) 12-3 (42), Overton (Memphis, Tenn.) 11-4 (45).

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ESPN HOOPGURLZ HS RANKINGS PANEL

Lisa Bodine is a national evaluator for ESPN HoopGurlz. A native of Queens, N.Y., she began her coaching career in 1993 with the NY Gazelles, has coached with D.C.-based Team Unique, and in 2009 she was named DAC Co-Coach of the Year after leading Wakefield Country Day School in Flint Hill, Va., to its first-ever conference title. She can be reached at lisa@hoopgurlz.com.

Rebecca Gray is an intern for ESPN HoopGurlz. She previously wrote a column for the website about her experiences as a freshman on basketball scholarship at the University of North Carolina. She transferred to and played at Kentucky and now plays basketball and golf at Union College. A 5-foot-10, sharp-shooting guard out of Georgetown, Ky., Gray was named Miss Basketball in the state of Kentucky after averaging 25.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 4.8 assists during her senior season at Scott County High School. She can be contacted at rebecca@hoopgurlz.com.

Chris Hansen is the national director of prospects for ESPN HoopGurlz and covers girls' basketball and women's college basketball prospects nationally for ESPN.com. A graduate of the University of Washington with a communications degree, he has been involved in the women's basketball community since 1998 as a high school and club coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He is a member of the McDonald's All-American team selection committee. Hansen can be reached at chris.hansen@espn.com.

Kara (Harrison) Howe is the director of operations for ESPN HoopGurlz and oversees high-school rankings. She founded and coached in the Utah Sky club program, which sent several players, including sister Michelle, a recent Stanford, graduate to Division I schools. She played college basketball at Utah Valley State, was an all-state performer at Alta High School in Sandy, Utah, and coached high school in the Salt Lake area. She can be reached at kara@hoopgurlz.com.

Mark Lewis is the national recruiting coordinator for ESPN HoopGurlz. Twice ranked as one of the top 25 assistant coaches in the game by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, he has more than 20 years of college coaching experience at Memphis State, Cincinnati, Arizona State, Western Kentucky and, most recently, Washington State. He can be reached at mark@hoopgurlz.com.

Glenn Nelson is a senior writer at ESPN.com and the founder of HoopGurlz.com. A member of the Parade All-American Selection Committee, he formerly coached girls' club basketball, was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of an online sports network, authored a basketball book for kids, has had his photography displayed at the Smithsonian Institute, and was a longtime, national-award-winning newspaper columnist and writer. He can be reached at glenn@hoopgurlz.com.