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Westchester/Hudson Valley Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Ossining (8-0): The Pride haven’t scored below 76 points in a game this season and standout Saniya Chong has scored under 26 just once. Next up Pleasantville and Peekskill, then Irvington in what’s being billed as the Game of the Year in Section 1.
2. Irvington (9-0): Woodlands was supposed to be one of the challengers to Irvington in Class B. Well, the Bulldogs put up a convincing 31-point victory further proving there might not be a team that can contend in the conference.
3. Pearl River (6-0): The Pirates sat back and learned who their top contender was this week with Tappan Zee knocking off Albertus Magnus. Pearl River will have to play both of those teams twice, beginning with back-to-back contests next week.
4. Tappan Zee (10-0): The Dutchmen officially arrived last Friday, beating Albertus Magnus at home in a comeback effort. Tappan Zee has been exceptional defensively all year and make some key late-game stops in the Albertus win.
5. Albertus Magnus (4-1): Losing to Tappan Zee is only a minor setback for the Falcons, who’ll have their shot to at some of Section 1’s best the rest of the way. Albertus is a young team that’s only going to improve in the next month.
6. John Jay-East Fishkill (8-1): Not only did the Patriots beat their rival last week, they made a major statement in a 42-25 rout of Arlington. Jay is emerging as the top contender in Class AA to Ossining in Section 1. This is a terrific defensive basketball team.
7. Mount Vernon (7-2): If the Knights can continue to dominant in league play, they’ll almost certainly lock up a Top 3 seed in the Class AA playoffs in Section 1, which means avoiding Ossining until the final. That’s very important for the Knights.
8. Cornwall (5-2): Cornwall’s two losses have both been out of Section 9 play. Although the Dragons are a Class A team, they just might be the strongest team top-to-bottom.
9. White Plains (9-3): The Tigers have gotten hot in the past month, winning six of seven with their only loss coming to Mount Vernon, 67-54. Wins over Brewster, Byram Hills and New Rochele catapult White Plains into the top 10.
10. Arlington (8-2): The Admirals are barely hanging on to their spot after a rough loss to John Jay-East Fishkill last week. There’s plenty of time to make amends. The rivals meet again at home on Jan. 27.
Section 1 Rankings
2. John Jay-East Fishkill
3. Mount Vernon
4. White Plains
1. Pearl River
2. Tappan Zee
3. Albertus Magnus
2. Blind Brook
4. Putnam Valley
Section 9 Rankings
Large school (AA/A)
Small school (B/C)
1. Coleman Catholic
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