Sydni Davis (1) of Southfield Lathrup drives to the basket as Amanda Johnson (23) of Rochester Stoney Creek goes for the block during the second quarter of the game played on Friday Dec. 14, 2012 at Rochester Stoney Creek High School. The Chargers beat the Cougars 49-28. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
Basketball - Girls
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oakland County rankings for week of Dec. 19, 2012
Farmington Hills Harrison’s Amber Stephens (4) gets fouled on her way to the basket by Rochester’s Morgan Saunders (34) during the third quarter of the game played on Thursday Dec. 6, 2012 at Rochester High School. Stephens scored a game high 18 points in the Hawks 44-26 win over the Falcons. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
Gabrielle Troy, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, closely defends Margo Predum, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart, during girls varsity basketball action at Lakes Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)
Lauren Cross (L, #21) of Madison Heights Bishop Foley dribbles past Emma Vieregge of Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (For the Oakland Press/LIZ CARNEGIE).
Class A Top 51. Southfield-Lathrup (5-0) — Yes, this group is still learning how to play together, but if this is what it looks like BEFORE the Chargers establish solid team chemistry ... look out.
2. Farmington Hills Mercy (5-0) — The Marlins have rolled over everyone in their path so far, including last year’s Class C runner-up, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, winning by an average margin of 20 points per game.
3. Clarkston (4-1) — The Wolves dropped their only game to as-of-yet unbeaten Macomb Dakota, and finish off the calendar year with a home date against Stoney Creek on Thursday.
4. Novi (5-0) — The Wildcats are averaging just shy of 60 points per game through the non-league season, and haven’t won a game by fewer than 18 points.
5. Waterford Kettering (3-0) — The Captains have only played three times so far, but haven’t lost yet. They’ll be tested at the Roundball Classic, though.
HONORABLE MENTION — Royal Oak (5-1), Birmingham Marian (4-0), Lakeland (4-1), Holly (6-1), Oxford (5-1), Farmington Hills Harrison (5-1).
Class B-C-D Top 51. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (3-2) — The three-time defending Class D champs already have a pair of losses, but they’re to Class A West Bloomfield (in a game where they were missing one of two returning all-staters) and a member of last year’s final four in Class B, Dearborn Divine Child.
2. Madison Heights Bishop Foley (4-0) — Boosted by a JV team that was 17-1 last season, the Ventures have reloaded after losing seven seniors, taking a perfect record into their home holiday tournament.
3. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (2-2) — It’s not a ranking unless the Yellowjackets are in it, but they’re just .500 so far on the young season, with losses to Ann Arbor Pioneer and Woodhaven.
4. Birmingham Roeper (4-1) — The Roughriders were riding roughshod through the competition through a 4-0 start, before running into a three-point loss to Class B Macomb Lutheran North.
5. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (3-0) — The Irish haven’t been lucky so far, they’ve been good, winning their first three by an average of 26 points.
HONORABLE MENTION — South Lyon East (4-1), Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (4-1), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood (4-2), Southfield Bradford (4-0).
• While the OAA Red is always a night-in, night-out battle, this year, the White Division might be the most competitive. While the Oxford Wildcats lead the pack with a 5-0 league record, there’s a three-way tie for second with three teams — Farmington Hills Harrison (5-1), Bloomfield Hills Andover (4-1) and Rochester Adams (3-2) — all tied at 3-1 in league play. Oxford already has a leg up with wins over Adams and Harrison.
• Granted, there’s nothing like a program getting its first-ever win, as Wixom St. Catherine of Siena did on Thursday, Dec. 13, beating West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy, 37-14. But it’s even better when you can follow it up with a second win a night later, as coach Steve Larkin’s squad did, beating Dearborn Advanced Tech Academy, 42-14.