NYC girls basketball power rankings (2/28/12)
No. 1 Nazareth (15-2)
The Brooklyn/Queens championship is Nazareth’s to lose. Expect Bianca Cuevas, Brianna Butler and Sadie Edwards to be fired up for a chance at some hardwood.
Next: No. 4 Christ the King/No. 5 Bishop Loughlin, CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I semifinals @ Bishop Ford (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.)
No. 2 Bishop Ford (20-4)
The Falcons have proven they could beat Nazareth, but can they do it again? A matchup in the B/Q final could be looming, but Ford can’t look past pesky St. Francis Prep in the quarterfinals.
Next: @ St. Francis Prep, CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I quarterfinals (Tuesday, 7 p.m.)
No. 3 Archbishop Molloy (17-8)
The Stanners avenged a loss to Christ the King at the end of the regular season in a tiebreaker game. Carolyn Gallagher continues to prove she’s one of the most well-rounded players in the city.
Next: No. 7 Mary Louis, CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I quarterfinals @ St. Francis Prep (Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.)
No. 4 Christ the King (12-13)
The Royals season-long search for consistency continues. Yes, Sierra Calhoun is scoring points in bunches, but the Royals are missing that regular secondary scorer.
Next: No. 5 Bishop Loughlin, CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I quarterfinals @ St. Francis Prep (Tuesday, 4 p.m.)
No. 5 Bishop Loughlin (11-11)
The Lions ended the regular season with a win against Christ the King and a win here would put Loughlin in the semifinals against mighty Nazareth.
Next: No. 4 Christ the King, CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I quarterfinals @ St. Francis Prep (Tuesday, 4 p.m.)
No. 6 Moore Catholic (18-5)
The Mavericks are overwhelming favorites to win a fourth straight Archdiocesan crown and second on the ‘AA’ level. Cardinal Spellman figures to be their stiffest competition, but anything can happen in borough rivalry games.
Next: No. 15 St. Joseph Hill, CHSAA Archdiocesan semifinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 7 Mary Louis (10-14)
Despite a slipup against Long Island Lutheran, Mary Louis is playing solid basketball heading into the playoffs. The Hilltoppers twice failed to close out games against Molloy during the regular season. If they can do so here, they’d book a berth in the semifinals.
Next: No. 3 Archbishop Molloy, CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I quarterfinals @ St. Francis Prep (Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.)
No. 8 South Shore (20-5)
It feels like the Vikings haven’t played in three years, but Anwar Gladden’s squad will begin what they hope will be a march to Madison Square Garden with a stop at Hunter College Saturday in the Class AA quarterfinals.
Next: Midwood/Banneker, PSAL Class AA quarterfinals @ Hunter College (Saturday, 5 p.m.)
No. 9 Murry Bergtraum (15-7)
All eyes are on Bergtraum this time of year and for good reason. The Lady Blazers are vying for a 14th consecutive PSAL Class AA title. Ed Grezinsky, we’re sure, will be checking out the Lincoln-Brooklyn Collegiate second round game on Thursday.
Next: Lincoln/Brooklyn Collegiate, PSAL Class AA quarterfinals @ Hunter College (Saturday, 11 a.m.)
No. 10 Cardinal Spellman (20-5)
Maria Bachman is no longer a timid sophomore trying to get acclimated to varsity basketball. She’s a dominant force in the paint. The Pilots have the parts to make a run at the CHSAA Class A city title, but first up is an Archdiocesan semifinal tilt against Villa.
Next: St. John Villa, CHSAA Archdiocesan semifinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 11 Truman (19-6)
We can picture it now, John Burke, the biggest Irishman we know, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by coaching in the PSAL Class AA final at Madison Square Garden. For the Mustangs to realize this, a win against Boys & Girls at home Thursday is necessary.
Next: Boys & Girls, PSAL Class AA second round (Thursday, 5 p.m.)
No. 12 John F. Kennedy (16-9)
The brutal regular season is behind JFK and coach O’Neil Glenn believes his squad has been battle tested enough to make a deep run in the PSAL Class AA playoffs. It’s a good thing because second round opponent Grand Street Campus is no pushover.
Next: Grand Street Campus, PSAL Class AA second round (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 13 Francis Lewis (12-9)
The Patriots ended the regular season with an emotional win against Bergtraum, which came after a lopsided home loss against JFK. Which Lewis team will show up Wednesday for a second round matchup against Medgar Evers?
Next: Medgar Evers, PSAL Class AA second round (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
No 14 McKee/Staten Island Tech (19-2)
They are already the queens of Staten Island, but can McKee/Staten Island Tech take the city, too? If the Seagulls do, it will be on the back of Kaitlyn Astel, the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Next: Manhattan Center, PSAL Class AA second round (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 15 St. Joseph Hill (15-10)
There are no CHSAA state playoffs for Hill, which makes Tuesday’s Archdiocesan semifinal against Moore Catholic even more critical for its seniors.
Next: @ No. 6 Moore Catholic, CHSAA Archdiocesan semifinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)