Here are the girls’ basketball state rankings from the New York State Sportswriters Association. Records are accurate through games of Jan. 2.
I’m including the top three teams in each class, as well as any Section 9 teams to make the cut.
1. Christ the King (15-3, CHSAA)
2. Long Island Lutheran (14-2, AIS)
3. Nazareth (18-4, CHSAA)
16. Monroe-Woodbury (13-0)
1. Wallkill (12-0)
2. Pittsford-Sutherland (15-0, Section 5)
3. Averill Park (14-1, Section 2)
15. Cornwall (9-2)
24. Goshen (10-2)
1. Irvington (14-1, Section 1)
2. Oneonta (13-1, Section 4)
3. Notre Dame-Utica (13-3, Section 3)
6. John A. Coleman Catholic (10-1)
8. Onteora (7-1)
1. Harpursville (16-0, Section 4)
2. Keshequa (15-0, Section 5)
3. Little Falls (15-0, Section 3)
4. Tri-Valley (14-0)
19. Chester (9-5)
20. S.S. Seward (8-4)
1. South Kortright (15-0, Section 4)
2. Romulus (15-0, Section 5)
3. Franklin (12-0, Section 4)
There are some serious problems with the poll this week. Coleman Catholic beat Onteora on Jan. 23, but that game has been missing here for the last two weeks. Coleman should be 11-1 through games of Jan. 2. Onteora’s record here should be 9-2, although the Indians are now 10-2 with a win over Webutuck earlier this week. And let’s face it, Onteora – still a very good team – shouldn’t be in the top 10 after losing to Coleman 66-29 on Jan. 23.
In Class C, it’s tough to argue with seeing Chester and Seward in there, but Tuxedo, which beat Chester 47-40 on Jan. 30, probably has a case. The Tornadoes also held Tri-Valley to a 44-41 win in the cozy confines of Mottola Gymnasium on Jan. 24.
I had tweeted last week about Newburgh Free Academy‘s Coaches Vs. Cancer game, which was snowed out on Wednesday. It’s been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, when the Goldbacks host Monroe-Woodbury. NFA, which is honoring Michele McKnight and Mary Ann Prokosch, will accept donations at the door. Cards will be posted in the gym before the game and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
Here are some games to watch over the next week:
Tonight (Friday, 2/7/14)
- Highland at Red Hook, 6:30 p.m.: The Huskies have had a big week already, knocking off Marlboro in OT on Tuesday. Will Highland’s hot streak continue on the road against another tough Class A opponent?
- Mount Vernon at Monroe-Woodbury, 12:45 p.m.: Mount Vernon is having a bit of a down year, but the Knights should give the Crusaders a good non-league challenge.
- S.S. Seward at Tri-Valley, 6:30 p.m.: It’s the beginning of a big week for the Bears, who host Seward on Tuesday and Chester on Thursday. Tri-Valley handled both of those teams on the road in January, beating Chester 62-35 on Jan. 10 and topping Seward 61-38 on Jan. 22. A Tri-Valley loss in either of these games makes the Class C picture much more interesting…but a Tri-Valley sweep makes the Bears the absolute favorite in the Section 9 playoffs.
- Monroe-Woodbury at Kingston, 7 p.m.: Kingston played M-W to within 10 points during their first meeting in Central Valley. Will the rematch be any closer at Kate Walton Field House?
- Goshen at Cornwall, 7 p.m.: The Gladiators played Cornwall pretty tough in their first matchup of the season, but Goshen fell apart in the second half. Will Cornwall cruise through the Div. III schedule undefeated or can Goshen grab at least a share of the division title with a win?