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SBLive's California Girls Basketball Top 25

Scorebook Live 5 days ago Lance Smith, SBLive
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California's top high school girls basketball teams just keep proving that the Golden State stands alone when it comes to having 

Here are SBLive's statewide girls basketball rankings for the week of Jan. 23-29. The rankings are released weekly throughout the season. Note that there were no rankings last week due to the holiday, so the previous rankings are from Jan. 9.

1. Sierra Canyon (21-0 – 1st)

Sierra Canyon's winning streak is now up to 21 games. Oh wait – that's the whole season.

2. La Jolla Country Day (19-3 – 3rd)

Nearly all the Torreys' biggest wins of the year, and two of their losses, have been against out-of-state opponents. They were routed by Tennessee powerhouse The Webb School, but then rebounded to beat the top team in Arkansas, Conway.

3. Etiwanda (22-1 – 2nd)

The Eagles are quickly gaining momentum again heading into Saturday's massive matchup with La Jolla Country Day. It was an early win last season against LJCD that planted them in the national spotlight, and it wouldn't exactly be a shock if the Eagles beat them in non-league play again. But it would be their most impressive win of the regular season.

4. Archbishop Mitty (16-2 – 4th)

Make it nine wins straight now for the Monarchs, with the last being a 49-point demolition of rival Valley Christian (San Jose).

5. Clovis West (22-0 – 5th)

What's seemed likely for a while now is probably a couple weeks from coming to fruition: Clovis West going undefeated through the regular season. Even with three combined matchups against Clovis and Buchanan left, the Golden Eagles have been so consistent that it would be a shock if they dropped a game.

6. Piedmont (18-0 – 6th)

The Highlanders have an absolute stranglehold around the North Coast Section so far this season. They beat Salesian, Bishop O'Dowd, and Acalanes last week alone.

7. Mater Dei (22-2 – 7th)

All is well for the Monarchs right now. The winning streak is up to 14 games through more than half of league play, and they just avenged last year's 15-point loss to St. Mary's (Stockton) with a 15-point win of their own.

8. Folsom (15-2 – 8th)

Speaking of winning streaks, the Bulldogs' is up to nine games now, and they have a some new marquee victories in tow after beating Maryland heavyweight Shabach Christian, San Joaquin Memorial by 35 points, and Salesian. California's list of elite teams really goes at least eight teams deep, possibly more.

9. St. Mary's Stockton (16-8 – 9th)

The Rams continue to fall in competitive games against elite teams and beat everyone else. While they've lost to Shabach Christian (MD), Las Vegas Centennial (NV), and Mater Dei since the last rankings, they've added Oakland Tech, Lynwood, and Lincoln (Stockton) to the list of excellent foes they've downed.

10. Oakland Tech (15-5 – 15th)

The Bulldogs have been lights-out just about all season, and their consistency is why they now enter the top 10. Despite losing to St. Mary's (Stockton) and Archbishop Mitty since the last rankings came out, they picked up a key win against, among other teams, new-look Pinewood. More on that shortly.

11. Salesian (17-4 – 16th)

Based solely on schedules, Salesian's Jan. 7 loss to Pinewood (6-7) still makes no sense, and SCP has since lost twice. Why are they back up to No. 11?

Well, that five-point loss to Pinewood turned out to be the Pinewood debut of former Burlingame star Ava Uhrich, and Pinewood went on to defeat Woodside Priory and Moreau Catholic before falling by 10 to Oakland Tech. After that, Pinewood sustained some injuries and has since gone 1-2. But a full-strength Pinewood squad appears to be at least a top-20 or top-15 team in the state, so with all its great wins this season, Salesian still has a borderline top-10 resume despite subsequent losses to Piedmont and Folsom.

12. Ontario Christian (16-2 – 11th)

With a Jan. 14 win over Bishop Montgomery, Ontario Christian is headed to the CIFSS Open Division, and it might even have come court advantage in two of three pool play games.

13. Sage Hill (15-8 – 10th)

A 44-40 loss to lower-ranked Santiago (Corona) is of course a stock-dropper for The Lightning, but it doesn't change their outlook much. Santiago is extremely dangerous, and Sage Hill still has the body of work to remain in the same ballpark despite missing F/C Annabelle Spotts for roughly a month. 

14. Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep (15-2 – 12th)

A 20-point league loss to Archbishop Mitty on Jan. 11 doesn't hurt the Irish at all in the rankings. They still have only lost only to Salesian other than that, and they have numerous wins against great teams.

15. San Ramon Valley (18-3 – Bubble)

After graduating some outstanding seniors, the Wolves remaining even nearly as good as they were last season is highly impressive. Their 10-point loss to Bonita Vista on Dec. 30 was a major blow to their rankings stock, but with Bonita Vista panning out and that loss being weeks ago anyway, the Wolves have been ready for takeoff. And that's just what they've done, winning eight games in a row including an upset of Carondelet for the second straight year.

16. Carondelet (18-4 – 13th)

Last Monday, the Cougars notched perhaps their best win of the season, taking down Washington heavyweight Lakeside 56-40. However, they followed it up with a disappointing loss to rival SRV, which was outside the top 25 at the time. 

They followed it up with a blowout win against Moreau Catholic and still have a great record, but it's a bit surprising to see the East Bay powerhouse still looking for statement wins this late in the season. With Oakland Tech among other big names left on the schedule, that could change shortly.

17. Mission Hills (11-7 – Unranked)

From outside the bubble to inside the top 20, Mission Hills takes a big leap for upsetting scorching-hot Windward. Since losing to McClatchy and Corona Centennial in late December, Mission Hills has turned a corner, losing only to higher-ranked teams and beating Westview and Windward.

18. Windward (14-6 – Bubble)

It's felt at times this season that Windward was bound to make its move. The Wildcats did exactly that following an out-of-state loss on Dec. 20, winning seven games in a row including double-digit wins against Arizona heavyweight Fairfax, Santiago (Corona), and Brentwood School. They'd rise quite a bit more had they not subsequently fallen to Mission Hills.

19. Santiago-Corona (17-7 – 24th)

Santiago remains the most unpredictable team in the state's upper echelon. It followed up a fairly ugly 21-point loss to Windward by beating Sage Hill, giving the Lightning their only loss of the season against a lower-ranked.

20. Brentwood School (18-4 – 14th)

An 11-point loss to Windward on Tuesday snapped a 13-game tear, but not before the Eagles grabbed a non-league win against Los Osos. Plus, Brentwood School had padding in that they'd already beaten Windward earlier this season, and by 11 points. So, Brentwood drops quite a bit, but its stock remains in the same general vicinity. The rubber match with Windward for a Gold Coast League title is on Feb. 3.

21. Leuzinger (19-3 – 17th)

A few teams passed Leuzinger in the rankings since last time, but the Olympians remain unbeaten since the first three games of the regular season, and are still fully in the mix for a CIFSS Open Division birth.

22. Cardinal Newman (16-6 – Bubble)

Even with its foe missing a key player, Cardinal Newman's 81-46 demolition of Antelope on Jan. 14 was a statement win of statement wins. And Newman followed it up with a victory against McClatchy.

23. Rosary Academy (17-5 – 18th)

A loss to Mater Dei snapped the Royals' seven-game winning streak, but they still sit in good position heading into a league rematch with Orange Lutheran. Rosary Academy defeated OLu 55-50 at home on Jan. 7.

24. Los Osos (17-3 – 20th)

Los Osos pushed Brentwood School to overtime on Jan. 14 before getting thrashed by Etiwanda. It did bounce back to take care of Chino Hills and Rancho Cucamonga to effectively lock up second place in the Baseline League.

25. Orange Lutheran (17-5 – Bubble)

The Lancers get their second crack at Rosary Academy on Tuesday, and at their home court too.

ON THE BUBBLE:

Acalanes, San Joaquin Memorial, Marlborough, Chaminade, Harvard-Westlake, St. Joseph (Santa Maria), Bonita Vista, Westchester, Pinewood, Vanden, Westview, Corona Centennial, Antelope, La Salle, Bishop Montgomery

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