There is another shakeup in the rankings, but once again not at the top. Four of the top ten in last week’s rankings lost, one of them lost twice. Eight of the ten teams are in different positions and two enter the rankings for the first time.
There is a little change to the ranking format. This page is going to double for the honors page, which we ran during the football season. The notes about the teams will be more player friendly and at the bottom of the page will be a Player of the Week.
Also at the bottom will be a look at the league races, what has happened and what is coming up.
No. 1 Cardinal Newman (13-3) (Last Week No. 1)…Another ho hum week with three one sided league wins. Junior Center Lauren Walker averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds. On MLK Day they meet Clovis West, who is a good Division 1 team from Fresno.
No. 2 Middletown (11-4) (2)…Two wins including defeating Cloverdale 43-32. In Friday’s win over St. Helena, Ashlyn Welton became the school’s all-time leading scorer passing Kat Cardoza for that honor. She scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
No. 3 Montgomery (12-5) (6)…Since losing their first two league games, the Vikings have won four straight. LaDonna Saint Louis scored in double figures in all three games and in six of the last seven games. Finished the week off with a season high 16 in Saturday’s 55-47 win over Windsor.
No. 4 Casa Grande (10-5) (3)…Dropped its first league game Saturday night to Ukiah 52-51. Sophomore Hannah Sullivan scored in double figures in all three games this week. She started the week with an 18 point game in a 71-54 win over Rancho Cotate.
No. 5 Santa Rosa (8-7) (8)…Has ripped off three in a row since opening league with a one point loss to Casa Grande. Senior Miraya Lopez had her first double-double of the season in a win over Maria Carrillo, scoring16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds..
No. 6 Analy (8-8) (NR)…A four game winning streak gets them to .500. The latest win was the overtime win over Healdsburg which puts them in sole possession of first place in the SCL race. Sarah Brown had the shot of the season so far. Her three pointer with a minute left in OT was the game winner. It ended a season high 14 point night.
No. 7 Healdsburg (14-2) (3)…The tough overtime loss to Analy was their first league loss and snapped an eight game winning streak. They rebounded the next night as Keely Bullock scored 13 and pulled down ten rebounds in a 50-22 win over Holy Names.
No. 8 Sonoma Academy (12-0) (7)…They are the only undefeated team in the local area. They have kept teams under 30 points in ten of its twelve wins. This week in two wins they scored a combined 72 points, gave up 44. Sophomore Lauren Reed averaged 12 points a game in the two wins.
No. 9 Kelseyville (13-3) (10)…They keep pace with Middletown at the top of the NCL I race. Riley Goff scored her 900th career point in a 64-35 win over Willits. The junior ended that game with 21 points and then added another 10 in a 56-36 win over Lower Lake.
No.10 Sonoma Valley (9-8) (NR)…A two win week moves them to 3-1 in the SCL race. Senior Renee O’ Donnell had 14 points and 13 rebounds in a 42-33 win over Petaluma. It was her second double-double of the season.
These are updated on Monday and the Boys and Girls will be posted together.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Natalie Karlsson (Upper Lake)
She is doing some good stuff.
An exclamation point was the 37 point, 12 rebound, 11 steal game in a 59-48 win over St. Vincent. Karlsson scored 25 points in the third quarter. It was a quarter in whichUpper Lake scored 27.
She wrapped the week up with 25 in a 65-36 win over Calistoga. On the season she is averaging over 22 points a game. She has hit the 20 point mark in 11 of 16 games.
Karlsson and her team face their biggest test of the season when they travel to undefeated Sonoma Academy on Tuesday.
NORTH BAY LEAGUE
It seemed like it would be only a matter of time and the time is now. Five games into the league race and Cardinal Newman is the only undefeated team.
The NBL Girls race has a history of being one of the closest of any sports in the area. Cardinal Newman is putting a damper on that.
There is still a nice battle going for second place. Casa Grande and Santa Rosa are tied with one loss. The race reaches the halfway point this week and both teams have to play Cardinal Newman.
Montgomery is in fourth place with two losses. One of the losses has been to Cardinal Newman, so they got that out of the way. This Friday night, Montgomery travels to Santa Rosa.
SONOMA COUNTY LEAGUE
Analy is in first place at 4-0, one game ahead of Healdsburg and Sonoma Valley. Analy has home wins over both teams.
Sonoma Valley hosts Healdsburg on Saturday. Both teams have one game before that. On Wednesday, Healdsburg is hosting Petaluma. The Trojans are one game out of second place in the loss column.
Middletown and Kelseyville are both 4-0 and have a five game winning streak. No other team has less than two losses.
They need to fight the urge to overlook each other. Both teams have home games on Tuesday before meeting at Kelseyville on Friday.
Sonoma Academy and Upper Lake are the only undefeated teams in league play. The two teams meet Tuesday at Sonoma Academy.
Mendocino at 3-0 is in sole possession of first place. Two teams have one league loss. Mendocino has already defeated both of them.
Overall Mendocino is 8-6 with three of the losses to Cloverdale. Seniro Kiera Poehlam is almost averaging a double-double at 9.5 points and ten rebounds a game.
SMALL SCHOOL BRIDGE LEAGUE
El Sobrante Christian is the only undefeated team. They travel to Rio Lindo Adventist on the 25th. Rio Lindo Adventist is one of three teams that has one league loss according to the MaxPreps standings that doesn’t appeared to be caught up.
Summerfield Waldorf is also in this league. They are 8-6 overall and 2-1 in league play with the loss to Rio Lindo Adventist.
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