NYC girls basketball power rankings (2/7/12)
No. 1 Nazareth (11-1)
Led by super sophomore Bianca Cuevas, the Lady Kingsmen flexed their muscles with huge wins against Bishop Ford and Christ the King, while also defeating Mary Louis.
Next: No. 8 Bishop Loughlin (Tuesday, 6 p.m.)
No. 2 Bishop Ford (17-3)
Jill Conroy had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists and Shanice Vaughan and Brittany Lewis had 12 points apiece for Bishop Ford, which bounced back from back-to-back losses to Nazareth and Christ the King to beat Mary Louis Monday.
Next: @ No. 4 Archbishop Molloy (Thursday, 5 p.m.)
No. 3 Moore Catholic (16-3)
Few teams in New York City have a better backcourt than the Division I duo of Jamie O’Hare and Christina Rubin, who combined for 47 points in a lopsided win against St. John Villa.
Next: St. Joseph Hill (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)
No. 4 Archbishop Molloy (13-6)
With stars Carolyn Gallagher and Amani Tatum still rebounding from injuries, the Stanners picked up a huge contribution from Jessica Jamin in a win against Mary Louis.
Next: No. 2 Bishop Ford (Thursday, 5 p.m.)
No. 5 South Shore (15-4)
Once the undisputed favorite to win the PSAL Class AA title, South Shore has fallen on hard times lately, losing three of its last four games, including a puzzling 47-42 defeat to Lincoln.
Next: Midwood (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 6 Christ the King (7-10)
Sierra Calhoun had 21 points and Ashley Raaf added 17 as the Royals picked up their biggest league win of the year, beating Bishop Ford, 68-56, Wednesday in Middle Village.
Next: @ St. Francis Prep (Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.)
No. 7 Mary Louis (8-12)
Queens College-bound Elisabeth Gully had 11 points and Mei-Lyn Bautista had nine for the Hilltoppers in a 12-point loss at Bishop Ford Monday.
Next: @ No. 6 Christ the King (Saturday, 3 p.m.)
No. 8 Bishop Loughlin (8-9)
The Lions have been inconsistent this year, but they’re far from the only one in Brooklyn/Queens. Loughlin fell to Christ the King in a close contest and defeated St. Francis Prep last week.
Next: @ No. 1 Nazareth (Tuesday, 6 p.m.)
No. 9 Murry Bergtraum (14-5)
Dionne Coe had 20 points, Ashanae McLaughlin added 16 points and Shequana Harris added 15 points for Bergtraum, which defeated JFK, 70-68, in overtime Monday.
Next: Manhattan Center (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 10 Cardinal Spellman (15-7)
Maria Backman had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Pilots limited St. Joseph Hill star Kelsey Carey to just nine points in a huge 61-45 victory.
Next: St. Joseph by the Sea (Wednesday, 6:15 p.m.)
No. 11 McKee/Staten Island Tech (18-2)
Kelin Walsh had 22 points and Kaitlyn Astel added 17 points for MSIT, which defeated Curtis, 47-42, Monday to win its seventh PSAL Staten Island title in eight years.
Next: Susan Wagner (Thursday, 6 p.m.)
No. 12 Truman (17-6)
Truman proved a come-from-behind victory against JFK on Dec. 14 was no fluke by beating the Knights, 65-54, Wednesday. Krystal Pearson led the way with 24 points.
Next: TBA, PSAL Class AA playoffs
No. 13 St. John Villa (13-7)
It was a tough week for the Bears, who couldn’t hold onto a late lead against St. Joseph Hill and then suffered a lopsided loss against Moore Catholic.
Next: Notre Dame Academy (Thursday, 7 p.m.)
No. 14 John F. Kennedy (15-8)
Zakiya Mason had 11 points and Deaisia Acklin added 10 for JFK, which rallied from a 17-point deficit only to fall to Bergtraum in overtime Monday.
Next: @ No. 15 Francis Lewis (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 15 Francis Lewis (10-8)
The Patriots suffered a one-point loss to 13-time defending PSAL champion Murry Bergtraum, but Steve Tsai’s squad is playing their best basketball of the year. Next up for the Patriots is JFK on Wednesday and a rematch with the Lady Blazers on Friday.
Next: No. 14 John F. Kennedy (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)