There is no change in the top two spots this week and barring an upset of Sierra Canyon in an early round of pool play in the newly formatted CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs or of Archbishop Mitty in its remaining four West Catholic Athletic League games there shouldn’t be a change for at least a couple of weeks and maybe not until the CIF Open title game in Sacramento. Right now, however, that’s a little premature. After the first two, everyone else in the top 10 in the state had a change in their position in the pecking order.
CAL-HI SPORTS UPDATED TOP 20
GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE RANKINGS
(Previous rating in parentheses; through games of Saturday, Jan. 26)
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1. (1) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 25-0
For all the naysayers who have recently jumped on the Trailblazers’ bandwagon after championing others for the top spot, we answer that we have rewarded head coach Alicia Komaki and her girls appropriately, and now after a convincing 61-39 road win at previous No. 3 Redondo Union the girls from the San Fernando Valley assume an even better grip on the top spot than they had last week when we anointed them into the catbird seat. The Redondo win was a total team effort. “We got the girls motivated because we knew Redondo was a hot team coming in and the way you shut it down is by making a statement and that’s exactly what the girls did.” head Coach Alicia Komaki remarked. “The offense wasn’t perfect but we played great defense and had good rebounding,” Junior Alexis Mark, who is starting to get some mid-major college interest, made her mark on Redondo with a double-double 19 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow juniors Vanessa De Jesus and Ashley Chevalier had 14 points apiece. What’s scary about Komaki’s girls is they only have one senior on a 13-girl roster.