Rochester’s Ivy Schultz (R) gets the block on the layup attempt by Troy’s Rachel Grecky (L) during the third quarter of the game played on Monday Jan. 13, 2014 at Troy High School. Troy defeated Rochester 53-33. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
Basketball - Girls
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oakland County rankings for week of Jan. 15, 2014
Holly’s Jenna Pepper (2) tries to get the ball past Brandon’s #20 Brooke Becker at Brandon, Friday Jan 3, 2014. (Special to The Oakland Press/TOM TOMICH
Erika Davenport, Clarkston, attempts to save the ball from going out of bounds during girls varsity basketball action against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek at Clarkston Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (Special to The Oakland Press/LARRY McKEE)
Deja Church (left), Southfield Lathrup, dribbles around Clarkston defender Jessica Altene, during girls varsity basketball action at Clarkston Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (Special to The Oakland Press/LARRY McKEE)
Two full weeks into the new year, and the league races are beginning to shake out.
Most have seen matchups between the top teams already take place, establishing an early pecking order.
That’s also helped clear up the rankings a bit more for our second weekly edition:
1. Birmingham Marian (10-0, 3-0 CHSL Central) — Ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 14 in the nation (by USA Today), the Mustangs have shown no slippage so far this season, racking up wins over Livonia Ladywood (63-25), Warren Regina (60-37) and Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard (51-33) since our last rankings. Up next are meetings with the only other unbeaten in Central Division play, Dearborn Divine Child, and the rematch with No. 9 Mercy on Tuesday — this time on the road. (Last week: 1)
2. Southfield-Lathrup (6-2, 3-0 OAA Red) — The Chargers survived an overtime scare against Stoney Creek, then rebounded with a pounding of cross-town rival Southfield on Tuesday. After a game against Pontiac to finish off this week, how’s this for a tough week of visitors — Ypsilanti Arbor Prep on Monday, Farmington Hills Harrison on Tuesday, Clarkston on Friday? At least they’re all at home. (Last week: 2)
3. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (9-0) — Not even long road trips — like an interminable three-hour trip to Ann Arbor to play Huron — can slow down the Yellowjackets. They beat the River Rats by 11, Toledo Central Catholic by 12 and Auburn Hills Avondale by 33. Country Day hosts Saginaw Nouvel — the No. 6 team in Class C — on Saturday, then will be idle for 10 days before taking the court again. (Last week: 3)
4. Farmington Hills Mercy (7-1, 2-1 CHSL Central)** — After being snowed out in their first attempt to get back on the court after the loss to Marian, the Marlins finally did — and responded by bombing Ferndale University (66-11) and Allen Park Cabrini (52-21). The rescheduled game against Warren Regina on Saturday gives Mercy a tough slate, as it follows Wednesday’s game against Dearborn Divine Child — part of which was pushed back to Thursday when it was suspended by a power outage — and Friday’s game against Livonia Ladywood, and sets up the rematch with Marian on Tuesday, giving the Marlins a total of four games in a seven-day span, and three straight days of action. (Last week: 4)
5. Farmington Hills Harrison (7-1, 3-0 OAA Red) — This OAA Red stuff is easy, huh? The Hawks have won their first three games in the league’s top division by an average of nearly 33 points. It gets tougher, starting now, with dates at Clarkston Thursday, at Southfield-Lathrup Tuesday, and a matchup against cross-town rival North Farmington next Friday, this time on the road. (Last week: 6)
6. Clarkston (6-2, 2-1 OAA Red) — The Wolves’ two losses showed a common theme: Both Southfield-Lathrup in December, and Flint Carman-Ainsworth last night were able to exploit the transition game offensively. Clarkston doesn’t want to be a plodding, slow-it down team, either, but losing the battle in the open court could be huge if it happens again in Thursday’s game against the run-and-gun Hawks from Farmington Hills Harrison. (Last week: 5)
7. Waterford Kettering (7-1, 3-0 KLAA North) — I guess they call it ‘the Captains’ chair’ for a reason: Kettering is in the driver’s seat (for now, anyway) in the North Division after Tuesday’s come-from-behind win over rival Waterford Mott. For a relatively young squad that could have some issues maintaing focus in big spots, that’s really only bitten the Captains once, in their loss to Hartland. (Last week: Tied 7)
8. Rochester Adams (9-0, 5-0 OAA White) — Each of the last two games for the Highlanders have come down to the last few seconds of regulation, and each has gone into overtime. They survived a buzzer-beating scare against Troy on Friday, then survived a trip to overtime against Oxford again on Tuesday, after a buzzer-beater went in against them in regulation. As long as you’re surviving, though, right? Up next is the Cross-Town Showdown vs. Rochester at Oakland University’s O’rena. (Last week: Tied 9)
9. Novi (8-1, 3-0 KLAA Central) — The Wildcats got a huge win in their pursuit of a five-peat, beating previously undefeated Northville. Oh, and they did it in style, too, winning by a handy 16 points on the road. (Last week: HM)
T10. Holly (9-0, 6-0 Flint Metro) — So far the Bronchos have cruised through their first nine games, culminating in Tuesday’s 42-25 win over Clio, long the powerhouse program in the FML. Next up is a Friday meeting with Fenton, the team that handed the Bronchos half of their losses in an 18-4 campaign last season. (Last week: HM)
T10. Waterford Mott (6-1, 1-1 KLAA North) — The Corsairs certainly aren’t done after just one loss, but there’s not a lot they can do to redeem themselves just yet, other than take care of business between now and Feb. 1, when they get a rematch with Waterford Kettering, then take care of business on the floor at Oakland University’s O’rena. (Last week: Tied 7)
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Troy (8-2, 3-1 OAA White); Bloomfield Hills (7-2, 3-2 OAA White); Stoney Creek (5-2, 1-2 OAA Red); Birmingham Seaholm (8-1, 4-1 OAA Blue); Ferndale (5-1, 3-0 OAA Blue); Clarkston Everest Collegiate (8-2) Birmingham Roeper (5-1, 2-0 MIAC Blue); Pontiac Academy of Excellence (6-0)
** — record, ranking pending Wednesday night’s games.
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