Daily Girls Basketball Power Rankings: Jan. 27
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The Northern Virginia Daily Sports staff collaborated to create a basketball top 10 list. Each staffer voted, with 10 points being awarded to the top ranked team, nine to the No. 2 team and so on. Numbers in parenthesis indicate where each team was last week.
1. Millbrook (1) (16-0, 4-0 Northwestern) — You have to wonder if the Pioneers are just plain bored at this point. Tuesday night they dismantled a Handley team by more than 50 points, but the slate gets a lot tougher when Sherando comes to town Friday night for a district rematch.
2. Sherando (2) (14-3, 3-1 Northwestern) — The Warriors took a thumping on the road last week at Liberty, but the Eagles are a tough squad. It’ll be interesting to see how Kevin Reid’s team responds with a huge showdown at Millbrook.
3. Central (3) (10-4, 4-4 Shenandoah) — A loss to East Rockingham has the Falcons back at .500 in the district, but doesn’t cost them a spot in this week’s rankings. This is a young team and is improving every day. Friday’s game against Luray will be a daunting task.
4. Skyline (4) (12-5, 1-2 Northwestern) — With all of the attention fellow district teams Millbrook and Sherando are getting, it’s easy to pass over Skyline’s Taylor Henry, who is having a career year for the Hawks. She had a game-high 19 points in Monday’s win at James Wood and is averaging close to 20 points per game.
5. Clarke County (5) (8-7, 4-0 Bull Run) — It took an overtime win at Strasburg last Saturday, but the Eagles remained perfect in the district with wins over the Rams and Madison County. There are some struggles at the free-throw line that could cost this team down the road.
6. Handley (8) (6-8, 1-3 Northwestern) — A win over James Wood last Friday gave the Judges their first district victory, but that was overshadowed by a poor showing at Millbrook. Handley had more turnovers than points in the loss, and didn’t reach 20 points until the second half.
7. James Wood (7) (8-9, 0-4 Northwestern) — The Colonels made it close against Skyline on Monday night, but this team is still searching for its first win in the district. Shannan Thorne did make history, becoming the school’s girls’ all-time rebounding leader.
8. Stonewall Jackson (6) (4-11, 2-7 Shenandoah) — Stonewall’s offense is still lacking, which has pulled the Generals down to just 2-7 in the district. In a loss to Riverheads, Stonewall managed only 29 points, including 10 at halftime.
9. Warren County (9) (6-8, 1-1 Evergreen) — Warren County didn’t make any noise in the district, but played tough in a loss to rival Skyline. Brianna Caison and Kelly Martin will be a nice pair next season.
10. Strasburg (10) (2-11, 1-3 Bull Run) — The Rams came so close to pulling Clarke County down from the unbeaten ranks in district play Saturday, but issues at the free-throw line and fouls keep this team from moving forward. Brandy Clem is a bright spot for the Rams.