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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oakland County rankings for week of Jan. 31, 2013

Clarkston senior guard Erin Davenport (14) with the shot over Pontiac forward Mariah Hirsch-Owens (22) in Clarkston's 36-29 win on Monday, January 28, 2013 at Pontiac. (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)

Birmingham Marian’s Kamry Peake (4) keeps her eye on the basket as Farmington Hills Mercy’s Tyler Parlor (24) moves in to defend during the third quarter of the game played on Tuesday Jan. 29, 2013 at Marian High School. Marian defeated Mercy 56-45. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)

Walled Lake Western's Alexis Vercellino (4) makes a pass while closely guarded by Waterford Kettering's Haley Tewes (50) during their game at Walled Lake Western High School, Tuesday January 29, 2013. (The Oakland Press/VAUGHN GURGANIAN)

Katherine Carlson, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, brings the ball up court 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 (12-1, 8-0 OAA Red)
— While the Wolves have been getting impressive point totals from sophomore Erika Davenport, it’s been their customary defense that has led the way in Clarkston’s nine-game win streak. Opponents have averaged just 32 points per game against the Wolves in that stretch, and four times been held under 30. Just two more games — Thursday vs. Troy and Feb. 12 vs. Ann Arbor Huron — before the Valentine’s Day rematch with Southfield-Lathrup. (Last ranking: 1)

2. Southfield-Lathrup (11-2, 7-1 OAA Red)
— The Chargers will be honoring seven seniors at Thursday’s home game against Stoney Creek in their last home game of the season, facing a Stoney Creek team that’s been hanging around in third or fourth place in the Red Division most of the year. After that, Lathrup visits Pontiac and Avondale before the showdown with first-place Clarkston. The Chargers beat those three teams by an average of 19 points per game the first time through the league, but they’ll have to keep their minds on those games — instead of on Feb. 14 — to do so again. (Last ranking: 2)

3. Novi (12-1, 7-0 KLAA Central)
— Yes, the Wildcats’ main scoring options, Kerri McMahan and Taylor Pavlika, had been mired in a bit of a slump of late, and the team as a whole had a bit of a hangover from that lone heartbreaking loss to Westland John Glenn on Dec. 18. But they still haven’t loss since then, ripping off seven straight through Tuesday. Sitting at 7-0 in the Central Division, the Wildcats can clinch no worse than a share of their third straight divisional crown with a win at Northville Friday. (Last ranking: 3)

4. Waterford Kettering (11-1, 6-1 KLAA North)
— The Captains had to endure second place for three weeks after losing to Walled Lake Western earlier this month, but the KLAA North is all evened up after Tuesday’s 46-37 win in Walled Lake. It’s now a three-game race to see if either team falters down the stretch, or if they’ll share the division title. (Last ranking: 4)

5. Birmingham Marian (12-2, 4-2 CHSL Central)
— The Mustangs swept the season series with rival Farmington Hills Mercy, winning both games by 11 points. “We want to prove that we’re a different team this year,” Marian coach Mary Cicerone said after Tuesday’s win. So far, that much has been obvious: Despite winning a district title, last year’s team finished with just nine victories. (Last ranking: 6)

6. Walled Lake Western (10-3, 6-1 KLAA North)
— The Warriors will have to temper their disappointment from Tuesday’s loss to Waterford Kettering, and realize that not a whole lot has changed, aside from losing sole possession of first place. Western still has a chance to claim a share of its first divisional title since 2008 by winning out the remaining three games before the league tournament begins. (Last ranking: 5)

7. Farmington Hills Harrison (13-1, 10-1 OAA White)
— It took a while for the Hawks to integrate a couple of key youngsters into the rotation, but since they have, it’s been full speed ahead. In their 12-game win streak, the Hawks have won by an average of 30.6 points per game, the closest being one win by six, one by nine. And, if you’re talking about defensive pressure, the school might as well be renamed “Harassin’ ” for how the Hawks’ ‘D’ treats opposing offenses. (Last ranking: 7)

8. Oxford (12-2, 10-1 OAA White)
— The Wildcats took their post-Harrison frustration out on Troy Athens and former Flint Metro rival Ortonville Brandon, beating those two teams by a combined 65 points. Still a long way — five league games — to go before a champion is crowned in the OAA White. (Last ranking: 9)

9. Farmington Hills Mercy (10-4, 3-3 CHSL Central)
— That three of their four losses on the season have come against CHSL Central opponents is unsurprising — that’s not the first time it’s happened. But two of those three have come to rival Birmingham Marian, a fact that can’t sit well with any of the Marlins. At this point, only Warren Regina is eliminated from contention in the rough-and-tumble Central, but the Marlins will have to knock off a couple of the teams in front of them (Dearborn Divine Child, Livonia Ladywood and Marian) to get back in it. (Last ranking: 8)

10. Holly (12-2, 10-1 Flint Metro)
— The Bronchos have rebounded well from being handed their first league loss by Fenton on Jan. 18, winning a non-conference game against Lakeland, and getting two league wins. For now, keeping pace is all they can do, as they’ll play four more FML games before getting a rematch with the Tigers on Feb. 22. That stretch starts with Friday’s home game against Ortonville Brandon. (Last ranking: 10)



HONORABLE MENTION:
Rochester Adams (10-4, 8-2 OAA White), Royal Oak (10-3, 7-1 OAA Blue), Waterford Mott (9-4, 5-2 KLAA North)



CLASS B-C-D TOP 5

1. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (11-2, 6-0 CHSL East)
— With a win against Madison Heights Bishop Foley on Thursday, the Lakers can clinch the East Division title outright for the second straight season. The last divisional loss for Lakes came Feb. 3, 2011, at Marine City Cardinal Mooney, a game that ultimately forced the Lakers to share that year’s title with the Cardinals, a possibility the Lakers don’t want to leave open with two divisional games left. (Last ranking: 1)

2. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (10-2)
— Probably merely a coincidence, but Saturday’s home game against Toledo Waite will mark the end of a two-week wait since the Yellowjackets’ last game. Despite not playing in that span, Country Day still bumped up a spot in the latest AP Class B rankings, to No. 4. (Last ranking: 2)

3. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (11-3, 5-1 CHSL AA)
— So, last week will be one the Irish would like to forget. After a lopsided crossover loss to Farmington Hills Mercy, the Irish lost by four points in a first-place showdown in the AA division to Riverview Gabriel Richard, putting Notre Dame Prep a half-game out of the divisional lead. Two league games remain for the Irish, who host Macomb Lutheran North Friday and Allen Park Cabrini on Tuesday. (Last ranking: 3)

4. Ferndale (11-2, 8-0 OAA Blue)
— After a string of mighty close games — two wins by two and three points, around a 12-point loss — the Eagles took off again, winning their last two by a combined 88 points. All appears to be in place for Tuesday’s showdown vs. Royal Oak for the OAA Blue crown. (Last ranking: 5)

5. Clarkston Everest Collegiate (12-3, 6-0 CHSL West)
— Who’d have thought Tuesday’s 23-point road win over the Catholic League’s newest member, Wixom St. Catherine of Siena, would mean as much as it did. But it essentially gave the regular-season divisional title to the Mountaineers, pushing their lead over second-place St. Catherine to two games. (Last ranking: NR)



HONORABLE MENTION:
Birmingham Roeper (8-2, 3-2 MIAC), Bloomfield Hills Cranbook Kingswood (10-4), , Madison Heights Lamphere (8-6, 6-2 MAC Silver)



PREVIOUS OAKLAND COUNTY RANKINGS: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE RANKINGS: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Last Updated: 1/31/2013 9:34:01 PM EST

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