Monday, January 14, 2013

Girls hoops power rankings

Hope everyone enjoyed the boys hoops power rankings that I posted late Saturday/early Sunday. They seemed to get a fair amount of clicks, though don't be shy about commenting. Would love to hear the feedback on these things -- even if it involves calling me an idiot. I'm OK with that.

Here, without further delay, are the girls power rankings:

1. McGuffey (11-1) -- Highlanders have won five section games by an average of 38.6 points, averaging 71 a game during that stretch.

2. South Fayette (6-4) -- A four-loss team here? Yes, I know. It looks strange. But three of those losses have been to the 2011-12 WPIAL Class AA runner-up (Bishop Canevin), the Class AAA runner-up (South Park) and a 10-1 Central Valley team.

3. Avella (7-4) -- Who expected the Eagles to upset Carmichaels? Not me. But apparently, at least with that win, Avella could be for real in Section 3-A.

4. Carmichaels (11-2) -- Mikes get Anna Cree (824 career points) back tonight. Should be a little better deadline-acquisition than Ryan Ludwick.

5. Charleroi (9-5) -- Losses -- Belle Vernon, Canevin, Carmichaels, Brentwood, McGuffey -- aren't horrible. Have only beaten team without a losing record, and that was 6-6 Washington.

6. California (10-2) -- Trojans have only one section loss: eight points to Carmichaels. But outside of West Greene, they, too, lack any semblance of an above-average win, beating nine teams with losing record.

7. Chartiers-Houston (7-5) -- Bucs have been streaky. Opened with three straight wins, including one at the KSA Classic in Florida. Then lost five of six. Currently riding a three-game winning streak, including Saturday's 47-28 win over the Prexies.

8. Washington (6-6) -- Prexies have the weapons: Mya Gordon, India March, Taylor Ellis and Alyssa Wise. What they don't have is experience -- exactly zero seniors. Been tough to find much consistency.

9. West Greene (8-4) -- Wins over West Virginia schools Hundred and Cameron account for three of the Pioneers' eight wins. Toss in two victories over winless Mapletown and victories over two-win teams in Beth-Center and Geibel, and, man, West Greene needs a win at home tonight against Avella to prove it belongs.

10. Ringgold (6-6) -- The Rams section is brutal, with Elizabeth Forward, West Mifflin and Belle Vernon at the top. But the final playoff spot could come down to a battle with Thomas Jefferson, a team they beat by seven as recently as Jan. 3.

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