NYC girls basketball power rankings (3/6/12)
No. 1 Christ the King (15-13)
The Royals went from an 0-6 start to the top spot in New York City rankings after beating Bishop Loughlin, Nazareth and Bishop Ford to win the Brooklyn/Queens Division I title for the 26th time in 28 years.
Next: No. 3 Nazareth/St. John the Baptist, CHSAA Class AA state semifinals @ Molloy (Friday, 7 p.m.)
No. 2 Bishop Ford (22-5)
The Falcons had a lead entering the fourth quarter, but missed free throws and layups proved costly in a 58-54 loss to Christ the King in the Brooklyn/Queens Division I final. Ford turns its focus on the Class AA state crown now.
Next: No. 5 Moore Catholic, CHSAA Class AA state quarterfinals @ St. Francis Prep (Wednesday, 4 p.m.)
No. 3 Nazareth (15-3)
The Lady Kingsmen were upset by Christ the King in the Brooklyn/Queens Division I semifinals, but have a shot at revenge in the Class AA state semifinals if they could beat Long Island runner-up St. John the Baptist.
Next: St. John the Baptist, CHSAA Class AA state quarterfinals @ St. Francis Prep (Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.)
No. 4 Archbishop Molloy (18-9)
Aaliyah Lewis’ miracle shot not only catapulted Bishop Ford in to the Brooklyn/Queens Division I final, but it also dropped Molloy to the No. 4 seed in the Class AA playoffs. That means Long Island champion St. Anthony’s awaits in the quarterfinals.
Next: St. Anthony’s, CHSAA Class AA state quarterfinals @ St. Francis Prep (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.)
No. 5 Moore Catholic (20-5)
Jamie O’Hare and Christina Rubin, the Mavericks’ Division I backcourt duo, have been huge throughout the year for Moore and they helped guide their team to yet another Archdiocesan title.
Next: No. 2 Bishop Ford, CHSAA Class AA state quarterfinals @ St. Francis Prep (Wednesday, 4 p.m.)
No. 6 Bishop Loughlin (11-12)
The Lions are a win away from a city title and, after a first-round bye, will take on division rival St. Francis Prep in the semifinals Tuesday at Cardinal Spellman.
Next: St. Francis Prep, CHSAA Class A city semifinals @ Cardinal Spellman (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.)
No. 7 Mary Louis (11-15)
Led by George Mason-bound Reana Mohamed, who scored 13 of her 27 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Hilltoppers to a 69-51 win against Maria Regina in the opening round of the CHSAA Class A city playoffs.
Next: @ No. 10 Cardinal Spellman, CHSAA Class A city semifinals (Tuesday, 6:15 p.m.)
No. 8 South Shore (21-5)
The Vikings are one win away from returning to Madison Square Garden for the PSAL Class AA championship, but Anwar Gladden’s squad meets a stingy MSIT team in the semis.
Next: No. 11 McKee/Staten Island Tech, PSAL Class AA semifinals @ St. John’s University (Saturday, 3:45 p.m.)
No. 9 Murry Bergtraum (16-7)
Can Murry Bergtraum make it back to Madison Square Garden, its home away from home? The Lady Blazers first need to get past a tough Francis Lewis squad that won in lower Manhattan late in the regular season.
Next: No. 12 Francis Lewis, PSAL Class AA semifinals @ St. John’s University (Saturday, 2 p.m.)
No. 10 Cardinal Spellman (21-6)
The Pilots fell to Mary Louis during the regular season, but Northeast-bound Onia Webb and her squad are playing much better right now and have the confidence they could beat anyone.
Next: No. 7 Mary Louis, CHSAA Class A city semifinals (Tuesday, 6:15 p.m.)
No. 11 McKee/Staten Island Tech (21-2)
Kaitlyn Astel and Kelin Walsh combined for 62 points in a 64-51 win against JFK in the PSAL Class AA quarterfinals at Hunter College. The Seagulls now face their stiffest test of the year.
Next: No. 8 South Shore, PSAL Class AA semifinals @ St. John’s University (Saturday, 3:45 p.m.)
No. 12 Francis Lewis (14-9)
The Patriots have to believe they can beat Bergtraum, after all they did just that on the road late in the regular season. Lewis knocked off Truman, 47-34, in the quarterfinals.
Next: No. 9 Murry Bergtraum, PSAL Class AA semifinals @ St. John’s University (Saturday, 2 p.m.)
No. 13 Truman (20-7)
Krystal Pearson’s stellar career has come to an end two games earlier than she would have liked as Truman fell to Francis Lewis, 47-34, in the PSAL Class AA quarterfinals.
Next: Season complete
No. 14 John F. Kennedy (17-10)
JFK has made the trip to the PSAL Class AA Final Four seven straight times. But that ended with a loss to McKee/Staten Island Tech in the quarterfinals at Hunter College.
Next: Season complete
No. 15 St. Joseph Hill (15-11)
Hill’s season came to an end with a lopsided loss to Moore Catholic in the Archdiocesan semifinals. Still, with star Kelsey Carey and point guard Brittany Spoto back, there’s good reason to be optimistic.
Next: Season complete