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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

The CIF Southern Section Open Division could easily be re-named “upset central” with several ranked teams either biting the dust or barely escaping with a win against fellow ranked and non-ranked teams. Because of that, after the first eight spots in this week’s rankings, there has now been some major re-adjustments. A familiar face that...

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Super 8 Girls BB State Ranks Update

There are no new teams in this week’s Super 8, but immediately afterward there are a lot with upsets in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs. The top five in our Super 8 also are top seeded in five different top divisions of various section playoffs.

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Her Destiny: Scoring Records

It hasn’t always been easy for La Jolla Bishop’s senior Destiny Littleton on her way to the state career scoring record. She just makes it look that way. As she now moves up on the national career scoring list, Littleton and head coach Marlon Wells gave the Cal-Hi Sports Caravan exclusive access and first-time revelations […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

By the time your eyes start to glide through these rankings it’s likely San Diego State-bound St. Mary’s (Stockton) senior star Naje Murray will either be playing against crosstown arch rival Lincoln or will have already played in her return from a knee injury suffered early last summer playing club ball. With her back, there’s...

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Super 8 Girls BB State Ranks Update

Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa and Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco both move up into the top eight and there’s now just one CIF Southern Section team in the top eight. NOTE: Our updated State Top 20 with expanded writeups of the first eight teams plus the next 12 and lists of many other […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

This is a week when the eyes and mind and ability to analyze makes human rankings the far superior kind when you have nuances. On example is Stockton St. Mary’s beating teams at full strength and then being decimated by injuries and dropping completely out after being national top five to start the season. Another...

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Super 8 Girls BB State Ranks Update

There are no changes at the top of this week’s overall pecking order and some of the teams are winning by almost 100-point margins. That will change once the section playoffs get going, which are coming up fast. NOTE: Our updated State Top 20 with expanded writeups of the first eight teams plus the next […]

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NEW Girls BB State Top 20 Rankings

It isn’t often that a top 10 team drops out of the rankings the next week but that’s the situation this week as previous No. 9 St. Mary’s of Stockton, a team that was top five nationally to start the season, has to drop out after a series of losses including for the first time...

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Super 8 Girls BB State Ranks Update

Mission Hills and Carondelet flip this week based on a stronger overall resume for the Grizzlies over the Cougars but the Super 8 Girls doesn’t change other than that one move.

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Akinjo leads Salesian past O’Dowd

Junior guard James Akinjo leads state-ranked Salesian (Richmond) past Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) in double overtime thriller at the Valley Grind Session event in Napa that mostly involved basketball-academy type matchups. 

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