Southern California still has two of the top three teams in the rankings, except there is a change in the third spot. Bishop Montgomery also moves up as a prized transfer becomes eligible. We also have three newcomers with the highest being Heritage of Brentwood, which cracks the Top 20 for the first time in school history. The other two newcomers are from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and the CIF Southern Section. The big tournaments are over but there is no shortage of upcoming big matchups in Southern and Northern California throughout the month of January.
CAL-HI SPORTS UPDATED TOP 20
GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE RANKINGS
(Previous rating in parentheses; through games of Saturday, Dec. 29)
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1. (1) Windward (Los Angeles) 12-2
The Wildcats have been idle since a heartbreaking one-point loss to Miami Country Day in the top division of the Nike TOC and as such they hold onto the catbird seat going into a match-up at home against a Central-Fresno team coming off a consolation title in the West Coast Jamboree Coral Division. From there, it’s a date at Mater Dei’s Matt Denning Hoops Classic on Saturday with a previous nationally-ranked Nevada Centennial of Las Vegas that took a first round loss at the TOC to No. 8 Salesian. After that, it’s Fairmont Prep (Anaheim) and Quartz Hill before the rubber meets the road in a Gold Coast League showdown with new No. 3 Sierra Canyon.