NYC girls basketball power rankings (12/27/11)
No. 1 Nazareth (2-0)
Their season started fashionably late, but led by transfer Sadie Edwards, the Lady Kingsmen reeled off back-to-back league wins against Mary Louis and Bishop Loughlin.
Next: at St. Francis Prep (Wednesday, Noon)
No. 2 South Shore (8-1)
Fannisha Price had 18 points and Aliyah Cooley added 10 points in a 43-38 win against St. Frances (Md.) at the Festival of the Phoenix tournament last Saturday at University HS in New Jersey.
Next: Bishop McGuinness (NC) at Diamond State Classic (Tuesday, 2:15 p.m.)
No. 3 Bishop Ford (7-1)
The focus is now squarely on a match-up against No. 1 Nazareth after an impressive 61-49 win against Archbishop Molloy Thursday.
Next: No. 1 Nazareth (Jan. 5, 6 p.m.)
No. 4 Archbishop Molloy (5-3)
Carolyn Gallagher is having an all-city season, but she’s the only consistent player for the Stanners, who have lost back-to-back games.
Next: at Notre Dame Academy (Friday, 1:45 p.m.)
No. 5 Bishop Loughlin (2-2)
Brooklyn bragging rights are on the line for Loughlin, which is coming off back-to-back losses to Molloy and Nazareth, with a non-league tilt against Lincoln.
Next: Lincoln, Chicken Murphy Classic at Bergtraum (Friday, 3 p.m.)
No. 6 Mary Louis (3-4)
The Hilltoppers made it two straight wins with a convincing victory against Cardinal Spellman on Alumni Night in Jamaica Estates.
Next: Harvest Prep (Ohio) at Diamond State Classic (Tuesday, 4 p.m.)
No. 7 Christ the King (0-6)
The Royals went 0-4 at the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions, losing to four nationally-ranked teams.
Next: James Madison (Friday, 6 p.m.)
No. 8 Moore Catholic (6-1)
The Mavericks thoroughly enjoyed their time at the KSA Classic as standouts Christina Rubin and Jamie O’Hare both reached the 1,000-point plateau in the same game.
Next: North Hunterdon (Pa.) at NY vs. Philly Challenge (Jan. 8, TBA)
No. 9 Murry Bergtraum (5-4)
The Lady Blazers haven’t dominated like they’ve done in years past, but Ed Grezinsky’s squad has steadily improved and will no doubt be in the mix come March.
Next: North Babylon at Chicken Murphy Memorial Classic (Thursday, 3 p.m.)
No. 10 Truman (8-3)
Krystal Pearson had 20 points and 15 rebounds and was one of five players to score in double figures in a solid 72-51 win against Banneker Friday.
Next: Hillcrest at Baseline Holiday Madness Tournament (Tuesday, Noon)
No. 11 Cardinal Spellman (5-1)
The Pilots suffered their first loss of the season at No. 6 Mary Louis last week. Still, there’s a lot to be happy about in The Bronx from improved Spellman.
Next: at Our Lady of Mercy (Friday, 10 a.m.)
No. 12 John F. Kennedy (8-4)
JFK rallied to defeat Francis Lewis, 49-46, behind Leshauna Phinazee’s 14 points and 11 more from Dealsia Acklin on Friday.
Next: Shaker at Amsterdam Holiday College Showcase (Tuesday, TBA)
No. 13 McKee/Staten Island Tech (9-1)
Led by Kaitlyn Astel, who had 24 points, MSIT rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat Curtis last Wednesday.
Next: Midwood at Chicken Murphy Memorial Classic (Thursday, Noon)
No. 14 Francis Lewis (4-5)
The Patriots have the talent to make a deep run in the PSAL playoffs, but right now are struggling to play consistently on both ends of the floor.
Next: Watchung Hills Regional at High Point Regional Holiday Shootout (Tuesday, 4 p.m.)
No. 15 St. John Villa (3-3)
Danielle Iacampo had 12 points and 12 rebounds in a big win against New Dorp, but the Bears then lost to McKee/Staten Island Tech.
Next: St. Francis Prep (Thursday, 1 p.m.)