Power rankings: Girls basketball Jan. 13
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The Northern Virginia Daily Sports staff collaborated to create a girls 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 (11-0, 2-0 Northwestern) — Millbrook survived a scare Wednesday night when Sherando took the defending Group AA, Division 3 champs down to the game’s final three seconds. But Millbrook won, thanks to a stellar performance by Alisha Mobley, and the Pioneers are riding a 33-game win streak.
2. Sherando (12-2, 1-1 Northwestern) — A year ago, Sherando couldn’t win a district game. Now, with Kevin Reed on the sideline and Erin Drumheller at the helm, Morgan Sirbaugh and the Warriors have won all but two games this season, and lost to untouchable Millbrook by only five points.
3. Skyline (9-2, 0-0 Northwestern) — Skyline has yet to play a district game, but they have played a rivalry game: a 17-point romping of Warren County. Taylor Henry had 24 points in the affair, nearly half of the Hawks’ 57 points.
4. Central (8-2, 3-2 Shenandoah) — Central barely lost to Page County on Wednesday, primarily because the Panthers attempted 32 free throws, to the Falcons’ 7. Brenna Cook and Katelyn Poston continue to impress, scoring 17 and 16 points, respectively.
5. James Wood (7-5, 0-1 Northwestern) — It’s still the Shannan Thorne Show for the Colonels. She scores about 17 points a game, and nearly matches that with her 15.9 rebounds. Katelyn Pennington is James Wood’s next best scorer with 6.6 points a game.
6. Clarke County (5-7, 2-0 Bull Run) — At the beginning of the season, Eagles coach Tim Lawrence said the success of this season depends on how fast his team can gain experience. Well, Clarke has beaten Skyline this year, and handled James Wood fairly well.
7. Handley (3-6, 0-1 Northwestern) — The Judges scored only 11 points in a loss to Millbrook. The Pioneers, to be sure, are extremely talented, but the Judges scored only four points in the first quarter, two in the third, and were shut out in the fourth.
8. Stonewall Jackson (3-7, 1-3 Shenandoah) — Ashley Clar and Cassie Conley are some of the best players in the district. What Stonewall needs now is a third option that can consistently score near the double-digit mark.
9. Warren County (5-6, 0-0 Evergreen) — Just as Warren County started to get some steam, beating Rappahannock County and Madison County, the Wildcats suffered a disheartening defeat to rival Skyline.
10. Strasburg (2-9, 1-1 Bull Run) — The Rams notched two well-earned wins before losing to county rival Stonewall Jackson. Then they suffered a three-point loss to Rappahannock County. Good news for the Rams: they play Manassas Park in a district showdown next week.