Kacy Robinson, Clarkston, pressures the ball on defense during girls varsity basketball action against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek at Clarkston Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (Special to The Oakland Press/LARRY McKEE)
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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oakland County rankings for week of Jan. 9, 2013
Haley Tewes, Waterford Kettering, goes up for a shot during girls varsity basketball action against Walled Lake Western at Kettering Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (Special to The Oakland Press/ ARRY McKEE)
Rochester’s Zhana Randolph (13) puts up a shot between Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s Katherine Carlson (in back) and Sarah LewAllen (24) during the first quarter of the game played on Thursday Dec. 27, 2012 at Rochester High School. The Falcons beat the Irish 38-29. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
Bloomfield Hills Roeper’s Alyssa Flynn (2) looks to put up a shot as Southfield Christian’s Maurgan Lee (10) goes for the block during the first quarter of the game played on Monday Jan. 7, 2013 at Bloomfield Hills Roeper High School. The Roughriders beat the Eagles 55-35. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
CLASS A TOP 5
1. Southfield-Lathrup (9-0, 5-0 OAA Red) — Ranked No. 4 in Class A in the initial AP poll, the Chargers have run roughshod over everyone they’ve met to date. They’ll get perhaps their biggest test Friday, when they meet defending OAA Red champ Clarkston at home. The forecast is for a Whiteout ... at least in the stands; hopefully not outside. (Last ranking: 1)
2. Clarkston (7-1, 4-0 OAA Red) — Since losing to No. 7-ranked Macomb Dakota on Dec. 7, the Wolves have won their five games by an average margin of nearly 22 points per game. Coming in as an honorable mention in the first AP poll, the Wolves could make a jump if they were to go into Lathrup Village on Friday and come out with a win. (Last ranking: 3)
3. Novi (7-1, 2-0 KLAA Central) — The Wildcats’ only loss in their first eight games was a Kensington Lakes Activities Association crossover against Westland John Glenn, the No. 5 team in Class A — and that loss was by just one point, 57-56, on the road. Having swept the two South Lyon schools to start divisional play, the Wildcats — an HM in the AP poll — host the Central’s only other unbeaten, Northville (7-1), on Friday. (Last ranking: 4)
4. Farmington Hills Mercy (7-1, 2-0 CHSL Central) — Still perfect in divisional play, the Marlins face their arch rival Birmingham Marian (7-1) on Friday. The Marlins’ only loss came by seven points on Dec. 20 against a Canton team that the Mustangs handled by 14. Should be the grudge match it normally seems to be. (Last ranking: 2)
5. Waterford Kettering (6-1, 1-1 KLAA North) — If the Captains didn’t know the rest of the division was gunning for them, they should after Walled Lake Western’s 43-42 win on Tuesday snapped their 23-game divisional winning streak. Tied for 8th in the first AP rankings, Kettering needs to win its crosstown rivalry game against Mott (6-2, 2-0), or it could find itself in fourth place by the weekend. (Last ranking: 5)
HONORABLE MENTION — Oxford (7-1), Farmington Hills Harrison (9-1), Birmingham Marian (6-1), Walled Lake Western (6-2), Waterford Mott (6-2), Royal Oak (6-2), Holly (8-2).
CLASS B-C-D TOP 5
1. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (5-2, 1-0 CHSL East) — The Lakers got a tough one under their belt to start divisional play Monday, continuing their recent mastery of Marine City Cardinal Mooney with a 42-27 lambasting. Ranked No. 8 in Class D, the Lakers get two of the other Oakland County teams, Royal Oak Shrine (Thursday) and Madison Heights Bishop Foley (Tuesday), before what could be a showdown with Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood. (Last ranking: 1)
2. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (4-2) — Having lost twice in their first four games, to teams expected to contend in Class A, the Yellowjackets have ripped off four straight wins, including a one-point win over Class A HM DeWitt, and are ranked No. 9 in Class B. (Last ranking: 2)
3. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (7-1, 3-0 CHSL AA) — The Irish are just a win over Macomb Lutheran North (they meet Jan. 18) from sweeping their way through the first round of games in the AA Division. Outside of its loss to the hosts in Rochester’s holiday tournament, the Irish are outscoring their opponents by an average of 15 points per game. (Last ranking: 5)
4. Birmingham Roeper (7-1, 2-0 MIAC)— The Roughriders have won three straight since a three-point road loss to Macomb Lutheran North, and have started conference play with a pair of comfortable wins. (Last ranking: 4)
5. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood (7-2, 2-0 CHSL East) — With Madison Heights Bishop Foley — Thursday’s league opponent — having lost three straight, the Cranes slip in at the bottom of the rankings ... for now. (Last ranking: NR)
HONORABLE MENTION — South Lyon East (5-3), Madison Heights Bishop Foley (4-3)
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