NYC girls basketball power rankings (2/21/12)
No. 1 Nazareth (14-2)
The Lady Kingsmen suffered their first league loss of the season, falling to Bishop Ford Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn. Nazareth is still the top-seed in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan and the heavy favorite, but suddenly look a lot more human.
Next: No. 3 Christ the King (Tuesday, 6 p.m.)
No. 2 Bishop Ford (20-4)
Ford avenged a lopsided loss to Brooklyn rival Nazareth with an impressive 10-point victory over the Lady Kingsmen to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan tournament.
Next: @ St. Francis Prep, B/Q quarterfinals (Feb. 28, TBA)
No. 3 Christ the King (12-11)
Sierra Calhoun had 28 points and Rayne Connell added 20 for Christ the King in a huge 65-55 win against Archbishop Molloy on Senior Night Friday.
Next: @ No. 1 Nazareth (Tuesday, 6 p.m.)
No. 4 Archbishop Molloy (15-8)
Amani Tatum had 24 points in a loss to Christ the King. The Stanners can get another shot at the Royals in a third-place tiebreaker if CK loses to Nazareth Tuesday.
Next: No. 12 John F. Kennedy (Friday, TBA)
No. 5 Bishop Loughlin (11-11)
The Lions ended the regular season on a high note, beating Christ the King in Brooklyn. It was perhaps Loughlin’s most complete win of the season.
Next: TBA, B/Q quarterfinals (Feb. 28, TBA)
No. 6 Moore Catholic (18-5)
Moore suffered a lopsided loss to Cardinal Spellman, but beat St. Joseph by the Sea on Senior Night.
Next: TBA, Archdiocesan semifinals (Feb. 28, 5 p.m.)
No. 7 Mary Louis (10-13)
Reana Mohamed scored her 1,000th career point and Mei-Lyn Bautista added 19 points and eight assists in a 65-36 win against St. Francis Prep.
Next: @ Long Island Lutheran (Thursday, 5:30 p.m.)
No. 8 South Shore (17-5)
After stumbling late in the regular season, South Shore crushed Trenton (N.J.) Central, 55-28, Monday at the Prime Events Shootout. Brianna Fraser had 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Next: PSAL Class AA quarterfinals @ Hunter College (March 3, 5 p.m.)
No. 9 Murry Bergtraum (15-7)
The 13-time defending champions are the No. 2 seed in the PSAL Class AA playoffs. The Lady Blazers quest for a return to Madison Square Garden begins March 3.
Next: TBA, PSAL Class AA quarterfinals @ Hunter College (March 3, 11 a.m.)
No. 10 Cardinal Spellman (19-5)
Maria Backman had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Onia Webb added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Joey Tirado added 14 points and four assists for Spellman in a 69-41 win against St. Joseph by the Sea.
Next: Notre Dame Academy, Archdiocesan quarterfinals (Saturday, Noon)
No. 11 Truman (19-6)
A pair of wins against rival John F. Kennedy and Francis Lewis proved Truman was for real. The Mustangs were rewarded with the No. 3 seed in the PSAL Class AA playoffs, the squad’s highest in John Burke’s seven years as head coach.
Next: Boys & Girls, PSAL Class AA first round (March 1, 5 p.m.)
No. 12 John F. Kennedy (17-8)
JFK will meet Grand Street Campus in the opening round of the PSAL playoffs, but first up is a non-league meeting with CHSAA powerhouse Archbishop Molloy.
Next: @ No. 4 Archbishop Molloy (Friday, TBA)
No. 13 Francis Lewis (12-9)
It was a rollercoaster season for Francis Lewis, but the Patriots ended the regular season on a high note with an upset win against Murry Bergtruam.
Next: Medgar Evers, PSAL Class AA first round (Feb. 29, 5 p.m.)
No. 14 McKee/Staten Island Tech (19-2)
Led by Kaitlyn Astel, MSIT won a seventh PSAL Staten Island title and earned the No. 4 seed in the PSAL Class AA citywide playoffs.
Next: Manhattan Center, PSAL Class AA first round (Feb. 29, 5 p.m.)
No. 15 St. Joseph Hill (14-10)
Nicole D’Onofrio and Kelsey Carey came up huge late in an emotional Senior Night win against St. Joseph by the Sea.
Next: @ St. Joseph Villa, Archdiocesan quarterfinals (Saturday, 5 p.m.)