NYC girls basketball power rankings (1/31/12)
No. 1 Nazareth (8-1)
The Lady Kingsmen defeated DePaul Catholic (NJ) Sunday at the Kennedy Challenge with Brianna Butler scoring 20-plus points for a second straight game and sophomore sensation Bianca Cuevas adding 23.
Next: No. 2 Bishop Ford (Tuesday, 6 p.m.)
No. 2 Bishop Ford (15-1)
The Lady Falcons continue to roll, but face their stiffest challenge in a much-anticipated battle with Brooklyn rival Nazareth Tuesday night live on MSGVarsity.com.
Next: @ No. 1 Nazareth (Tuesday, 6 p.m.)
No. 3 South Shore (15-3)
South Shore certainly doesn’t seem to like playing at John F. Kennedy. After losing to the Lady Knights a week ago, the Vikings fell to Neptune (NJ) at the Kennedy Challenge before bouncing back to beat Princeton Day Academy (Md.) Sunday.
Next: Lincoln (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 4 Moore Catholic (14-2)
The Mavericks picked up arguably their biggest win of the season Saturday, knocking off Archbishop Molloy and then rallying from a 20-point deficit to beat Rumson-Fair Haven (NJ) Sunday.
Next: @ Notre Dame Academy (Saturday, 7 p.m.)
No. 5 Archbishop Molloy (11-6)
Just when the Stanners were getting healthy, they lose their two top players to injury. While Amani Tatum (concussion) is expected to return soon, junior standout Carolyn Gallagher (nose) could be sidelined for weeks.
Next: @ St. Francis Prep (Wednesday, 6:15 p.m.)
No. 6 Christ the King (5-9)
Bob Mackey’s squad is just hoping to play consistently and this would be the perfect week for the Royals to do so – with showdowns against Bishop Loughlin, Bishop Ford and Nazareth on tap.
Next: No. 8 Bishop Loughlin (Tuesday, 6 p.m.)
No. 7 Mary Louis (8-9)
Here come the Hilltoppers. Jasmine Nwajei had 25 points in an upset win against Teaneck (NJ) at the Kennedy Challenge Sunday. It could be the win Joe Lewinger’s squad needs to catapult them down the stretch of the regular season.
Next: No. 1 Nazareth (Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.)
No. 8 Bishop Loughlin (7-8)
The Lions struggled over the weekend, losing to New Jersey squads JFK Paterson and unbeaten St. Rose at the Kennedy Challenge. Loughlin is looking to bounce back in a key league contest against Christ the King Tuesday.
Next: @ No. 6 Christ the King (Tuesday, 6 p.m.)
No. 9 Murry Bergtraum (11-6)
The Lady Blazers couldn’t close out the game against H.D. Woodson (DC) Sunday at the Kennedy Challenge and it proved costly. Still, Bergtraum is vastly improved from the start of the season.
Next: @ No. 15 Francis Lewis (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.)
No. 10 John F. Kennedy (15-6)
JFK proved an upset against South Shore wasn’t a fluke by beating National Christian Academy (DC), 64-54, Sunday at the Kennedy Challenge. Joya McFarland led the way with 18 points.
Next: @ No. 14 Truman (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 11 McKee/Staten Island Tech (16-2)
It was a tough trip to Holmdel (NJ) for MSIT, which fell to Red Bank Catholic, 52-25 at the Coaches Choice USA Shore Conference vs. New York Challenge.
Next: Port Richmond (Wednesday, 6 p.m.)
No. 12 St. John Villa (12-5)
It was a great weekend for the Bears, which went 3-0, including a big win against Cardinal Spellman, avenging an earlier loss.
Next: @ St. Joseph by the Sea (Tuesday, 7 p.m.)
No. 13 Cardinal Spellman (10-4)
The Pilots were hampered by foul trouble in a loss to St. John Villa, a squad they beat by 10 earlier in the season.
Next: St. Joseph Hill (Saturday, 1:45 p.m.)
No. 14 Truman (16-6)
The Mustangs defeated New Rochelle, 54-32, at the Kennedy Challenge Sunday with Krystal Pearson scoring a team-high 19 points. Truman faces a stiff test Wednesday with JFK coming to town looking to avenge a loss earlier this season.
Next: No. 10 John F. Kennedy (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 15 Francis Lewis (10-7)
Lewis could be turning things around as proof of a pair of strong performances at the Kennedy Challenge over the weekend, beating Holy Trinity (LI) and Curtis.
Next: No. 9 Murry Bergtraum (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.)