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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oakland County rankings for week of Jan. 24, 2013

Oxford's Shelby Davis (14) protects a rebound while guarded by Farmington Hills Harrison's Kyla Roland (13) during their game at Farmington Hills Harrison High School, Tuesday January 22, 2013. (The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN)

Sam Bauer of Farmington Hills Mercy knocks the ball away from Jessica Green, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, during girls varsity basketball action at Mercy Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)

Antoinette Miller (12), Ferndale, gets past Bloomfield Hills Lahser defender Katie Stewart during girls varsity basketball action at Lahser Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)

Gabriella Galloway of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep pressures the ball on defense during girls varsity basketball action at Farmington Hills Mercy Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)

CLASS A TOP 10

1. Clarkston (10-1, 6-0 OAA Red)
— The Wolves played just once in the last week (trouncing West Bloomfield, 65-37), but jumped two spots in the AP state rankings, moving up to No. 8 in Class A. No higher they can go in this ranking, though. Still No. 1 in Oakland County, riding an eight-game win streak. (Last ranking: 1)

2. Southfield-Lathrup (10-2, 6-1 OAA Red)
— Want to see a varsity girls basketball game in Lathrup Village this winter? Better hurry. You have Friday’s Red Alert Game (vs. West Bloomfield), Monday’s Alumni Night (vs. Detroit Consortium) and the Senior Night/Coaches vs. Cancer game on Jan. 31 (vs. Stoney Creek). After that, the Chargers are road warriors, finishing the season with five straight road contests. It was a neutral-site game that cost the Chargers in this week’s state rankings, apparently, as an 18-point loss to No. 1-ranked Detroit King at the Martin Luther King tourney in Mount Clemens preceded a four-spot drop in the AP poll, from No. 7 to honorable mention. That’s probably a bit unfair for a team that won its first nine before dropping two of three. (Last ranking: 2)

3. Novi (10-1, 5-0 KLAA Central)
— The Wildcats now hold a two-game lead over anyone in their division, thanks to South Lyon East’s upset of Northville last Friday. If the Wildcats want to thank the Cougars in person, they won’t have to wait long — the two teams meet Friday at Novi, where the Wildcats look to extend their five-game win streak. After the swing through South Lyon — the Wildcats visit the Lions on Tuesday — Novi will get games against the two teams currently tied for second in the division, Salem and Northville, with a chance to wrap up a third straight divisional title. (Last ranking: 3)

4. Waterford Kettering (9-1, 4-1 KLAA North)
— If the Captains can steer their way through one more game, they will finally have arrived at REMATCH WEEK. After Friday’s game against Walled Lake Central, Kettering will finally get its chance at avenging its only loss of the season, traveling to Walled Lake Western on Tuesday. (Last ranking: 4)

5. Walled Lake Western (9-2, 5-0 KLAA North)
— See above. Ditto. Same thing, really. Just tweak Friday’s opponent to “Walled Lake Northern,” and change “avenging” to “backing up.” Of note, however, is the fact that the Warriors did move into the honorable mention ranks in Class A in the latest AP poll, reflective of their six-game win streak. Also of note, the two teams to beat Western (Brighton and Novi) are a combined 18-3, and atop their respective KLAA divisions. (Last ranking: 5)

6. Birmingham Marian (11-2, 2-2 CHSL Central)
— The Mustangs beat up on the Central Division’s cellar-dweller, Warren Regina, on Friday, then went in to Dearborn and handed Divine Child its first league loss, 62-59, on Tuesday. That puts the Mustangs just a half-game out of the first-place tie with DDC and Livonia Ladywood. Marian’s two games with Divine Child have been settled by a total of seven points. (Last ranking: 7)

7. Farmington Hills Harrison (12-1, 9-1 OAA White)
— The Hawks had to wait 53 days to get a rematch with Oxford, the only team to have beaten them so far this season. The reward was sweet, though, with a 48-27 win Tuesday that gave Harrison a share of the division lead with the Wildcats. (Last ranking: 9)

8. Farmington Hills Mercy (9-3, 2-2 CHSL Central)
— Mercy had its crack to do what Marian eventually did, but lost to league-leading Dearborn Divine Child by nine on the road Friday before coming home and dismantling AA Division-leading Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 58-25, on Tuesday. The Marlins get a chance to improve their fourth-place standings in the Central with a home game against 3-1 Ladywood Friday and a visit to 3-2 Marian on Tuesday. (Last ranking: 8)

9. Oxford (10-2, 9-1 OAA White)
— The Wildcats had their eight-game win streak snapped in resounding fashion Tuesday by Harrison, but their position is no different than it was before the loss. Oxford is still in first place in the White, and controls its own destiny. The league race will be determined by whichever program — neither of which has won a league title in a long, long time — can navigate its way through the rest of the season unscathed. (Last ranking: 6)

10. Holly (10-2, 8-1 Flint Metro League)
— The Bronchos had their nine-game win streak snapped with a 38-27 loss to Fenton, dropping them into a first-place tie in the FML with the Tigers. Holly rebounded with a close win over a tough Lakeland team Tuesday. (Last ranking: 10)





CLASS B-C-D TOP 5

1. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (10-2, 6-0 CHSL East)
— The Lakers went into Wednesday’s showdown at Marine City Cardinal Mooney on a six-game win streak, and won 36-29 to put a stranglehold on the East Division. The Lakers had already given themselves a two-game cushion with last Saturday’s four-point win over second-place Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, then pounded Hamtramck, 56-15, in a non-league game Monday. Lakes is getting a little more respect in the AP state poll, though, moving up from eighth to sixth in Class D. (Last ranking: 1)

2. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (10-2)
— The Yellowjackets are on an eight-game win streak after beating Flint Northern at home and Toledo Catholic Central, 53-50, on the road Saturday. Ranked No. 5 in Class B in the state, behind a trio of unbeaten teams and postseason nemesis Goodrich. (Last ranking: 2)

3. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (10-2, 4-0 CHSL AA)
— Apparently, the trap snapped shut a week later than expected. A week after warning his squad of a “trap game” against a solid Ferndale squad, prior to a key league showdown at Macomb Lutheran North, Pat Battani saw his squad get through those two games unscathed, only to get bombed on Tuesday by a clearly peeved Farmington Hills Mercy squad, 58-25. Still atop the AA Division by a half game, the Irish visit second-place Riverview Gabriel Richard (4-1) on Thursday. (Last ranking: 3)

4. Birmingham Roeper (8-2, 3-2 MIAC)
— The Roughriders will end an 11-day idle spell Friday with a key league game at Plymouth Christian (3-1). If Roeper’s to catch league-leading Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, it’s a game the Roughriders need to get. (Last ranking: 4)

5. Ferndale (10-2, 7-0 OAA Blue)
— The Eagles have a pair of games — at home against struggling Hazel Park and on the road against Berkley — before they get the rematch with second-place Royal Oak on Feb. 5. (Last ranking: T5)



Notes:


• Tuesday’s Clarkston at Pontiac game was postponed to Monday (Jan. 28).

• The Southfield-Lathrup at Auburn Hills Avondale game originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8 has been moved to Monday, Feb. 11, because of a conflict with Avondale’s gym scheduling.



PREVIOUS OAKLAND COUNTY RANKINGS: 1 / 2 / 3

ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE RANKINGS: 1 / 2 / 3

Last Updated: 1/30/2013 6:13:13 PM EST

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