Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Girls hoops power rankings

There wasn't much movement with the boys power rankings, mostly because everybody was struggling. Different story here. Not a whole lot of movement because nobody has really tanked, and nobody has been world-beaters; West Greene and Charleroi are our closest examples of those.

1. McGuffey (14-1) -- Wins over South Side Beaver, Avella and Burgettstown, two by more than 40 points. Wake me up for a competitive game -- preferably Jan. 28 vs. Charleroi.

2. South Fayette (8-5) -- A loss, yes, but it was to the reigning WPIAL Class AAA runner-up. Should-get wins over Trinity and North Hills. Not too much new here.

3. Charleroi (12-5) -- Winners of six straight, holding opponents to fewer than 30 points per game each time. Mia Woytovich averaging 12.6 ppg over the past six.

4. Carmichaels (14-2) -- Mikes have won three straight since 58-51 loss to Avella. Rematch on Jan. 31. Carmichaels Subway ... look out!

5. Avella (9-6) -- Eagles have dropped two straight. OK on a 74-32 loss to McGuffey, but 52-49 to 4-10 Monessen necessitates a drop.

6. California (11-3) -- Trojans have lost to top two teams in Section 3-A, Carmichaels and Avella. Need to beat one of 'em, at least, to crack the top five.

7. Chartiers-Houston (10-6) -- Looks at the Bucs' losses: Seton-La Salle (twice), Bishop Canevin, Steel Valley and Ambridge ... one at KSA. Not bad. Probably won't be a more battle-tested team come playoff time.

8. Washington (8-7) -- Prexies lost to Charleroi by 15 ... worse than by four earlier in the year. Crushed by McGuffey first time around. Two wins by South Side Beaver. Solid No. 3 in that section.

9. Fort Cherry (6-6) -- Like C-H, losses aren't bad: Seton, Steel Valley, Char-Houston, Canevin, McGuffey and Canon-McMillan. Best win, though: Ringgold. Will be competing with Bucs for No. 4 spot in Section 4-AA.

10. Ringgold (7-8) -- Big game Jan. 28 vs. TJ. Will determine fourth place and final playoff seed in Section 4-AAA. Lopsided win over Waynesburg snapped four-game skid.

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