Stockton St. Mary’s drops again after losing All-American Aquira DeCosta with a knee injury and then loses on the court to Cardinal Newman. The Rams are now just out of the Super 8 but not forgotten. Teams coming up include Mission Hills and Bishop O’Dowd.
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(After games of Saturday, Jan. 21)
(Previous rank in parentheses)
1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 14-2
Head coach Sue Phillips and her girls go to No. 4 Carondelet on Wednesday for a major showdown and then have Mountain View St. Francis in WCAL play.
2. (2) Clovis West (Fresno) 18-2
The Golden Eagles may be getting it back together based on their 78-51 win last Saturday at home against bubble team Troy of Fullerton.
3. (3) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 12-3
This is the time of the year when there’s not a lot to write about with respect to the Jackrabbits other than Moore League winning streaks and running clock victories.
4. (5) Carondelet (Concord) 13-3
The Cougars’ recent win over St. Mary’s of Stockton was before Aquira DeCosta went down so they will continue to get credited for it.
5. (8) Mission Hills (San Marcos) 13-2
Moving the Grizzlies up last week despite their loss to Mitty turned out to be the right move as head coach Christopher Kroesch went on the road and won at previous No. 4 Sierra Canyon.
6. (9) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 14-3
A close win against Lincoln of Stockton doesn’t look good, but the Dragons still have several quality wins and just about every team evaluated after the first three is in the same boat.
7. (4) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 15-3
The Trailblazers drop due to losses last week to Windward and Mission Hills, but they still have a 20-point win over No. 8 Alemany.
8. (10) Alemany (Mission Hills) 16-5
Beating previous No. 7 Harvard-Westlake gives the Warriors another bump and their schedule will continue to be difficult the rest of the regular season.