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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oakland County rankings for week of Feb. 7, 2013

Amber Jamison (12), Rochester Adams, gets around Oxford defender Miranda Murphy during girls varsity basketball action at Oxford Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)

Rochester Stoney Creek’s Amanda Johnson (23) puts up a shot in the lane as Clarkston’s Patrice Matthews (3) goes for the block during the third quarter of the game played on Tuesday Feb. 5, 2013 at Stoney Creek High School. Clarkston beat Stoney Creek 43-35. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)

Jessica Murphy, Oxford, calls out a play during girls varsity basketball action against Rochester Adams at Oxford Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)

Ferndale's Micaela Ellis moves the ball up the court in a win over Berkley. (Special to The Oakland Press/LIZ CARNEGIE)

CLASS A TOP 10

1. Clarkston (14-1, 10-0 OAA Red)
— Losing junior Carly Giroux for the season to a knee injury was a blow to the Wolves’ leadership, and they’ll need every voice they can urging them to stay focused on the task at hand this week. First, there's a game against North Farmington Friday, then a non-conference contest against Ann Arbor Huron. Then, it’s the showdown everyone’s been waiting for, the rematch between Clarkston and Southfield-Lathrup on Valentine’s Day. (Last ranking: 1)

2. Southfield-Lathrup (13-2, 9-1 OAA Red)
— Sydni Davis had been feeding everyone else so much lately, she forgot to eat herself. She was hardly starving in Tuesday’s game against Pontiac, though, as she scored more than half (24) of her team’s points in a 43-34 win. The next stop in the Chargers’ five-game road swing to end the regular season is Friday at Auburn Hills Avondale. A win there, and Lathrup has done its part to get to the rematch with Clarkston still sitting on just one league loss. (Last ranking: 2)

3. Novi (14-1, 9-0 KLAA Central)
— A 51-29 win over Northville last Friday gave Novi outright possession of its fourth straight divisional crown, while a win this Friday vs. Livonia Stevenson could give the Wildcats their first perfect run through the Central Division. More important than that could be a chance to go into the KLAA tournament on a 10-game win streak. (Last ranking: 3)

4. Waterford Kettering (13-1, 8-1 KLAA North)
— The “Defense Department” can nearly rest its case for the Captains’ defense of the KLAA North title, thanks to Waterord Mott’s upset of Walled Lake Western on Tuesday. Kettering can clinch the title outright with a win at Walled Lake Northern on Friday. (Last ranking: 4)

5. Birmingham Marian (14-2, 6-2 CHSL Central)
— For reference, the address necessary is as follows: 29300 W 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. That’s where the Mustangs should send a thank-you note to their rival Marlins, whose 47-25 demolition of Dearborn Divine Child on Tuesday gave Marian the Central Division title outright. Or, they could just wait until Sunday, Feb. 17, and thank the Marlins in person at the CHSL finals. That’s the earliest the two rivals, seeded 1 and 2 in the CHSL A-B tournament — could meet. Either way, it’s been a good run for the Mustangs, who won their final five divisional games after a 1-2 start. (Last ranking: 5)

6. Farmington Hills Harrison (15-1, 11-1 OAA White)
— The Hawks could probably feel bad about beating up on winless Troy Athens on Tuesday — but then again, they don’t want any stumbles as they race toward the finish line in the White Division. The Hawks can’t take too much joy in Oxford’s stumble against Rochester Adams Tuesday, as they have to host the Highlanders next Thursday, before visiting Bloomfield Hills Andover. (Last ranking: 7)

7. Walled Lake Western (11-4, 7-2 KLAA North)
— The Warriors blinked first. In what was bound to be a staring contest between Western and the other co-leader in the North, Waterford Kettering, the Warriors took their eyes off the prize first, stumbling against Waterford Mott on Tuesday. That leaves Walled Lake Northern (which hosts Kettering Friday) as Western’s final hope of splitting the division title with the Captains. (Last ranking: 6)

8. Farmington Hills Mercy (12-4, 5-3 CHSL Central)
— Look down for a minute and Mercy, one of the preseason favorites in the CHSL Central, is 3-3 and in fourth place in the division. Look up again, and the Marlins have won their last two in the division, including a resounding 47-25 win over the defending A-B champion, Dearborn Divine Child, leaving Mercy tied for second, and rival Marian in first. Don’t think it was a purely magnanimous move by the Marlins, though: The win put Mercy in the second seed in the upcoming CHSL A-B playoffs. (Last ranking: 9)

9. Oxford (13-3, 11-2 OAA White)
— The Wildcats blinked first. With the OAA White embroiled in the same type of staring contest as the KLAA North, Oxford was the first of the two co-leaders to stumble, losing to a hot Rochester Adams team at home on Tuesday. Oxford still has a half-game lead on the Highlanders, but will need some help now to overtake league-leading Farmington Hills Harrison. Doesn’t help that the Wildcats have to go to third-place Bloomfield Hills Andover on Friday. (Last ranking: 8)

10. Rochester Adams (12-4, 10-2 OAA White)
— On Jan. 4, coach Fran Scislowicz’s squad sat at 4-4 after a loss to Farmington Hills Harrison. At 2-2 in the division, and having lost at home to each of what became the season-long co-leaders, it looked like it would be an uphill battle for the Highlanders to repeat as division champs. Eight wins later, after a road win over Oxford, and the Highlanders are just a half-game out of second place. A win over Harrison on Valentine’s Day could put them in a tie for the division lead. (Last ranking: NR)



HONORABLE MENTION:
Holly (13-3, 11-2 Flint Metro), Waterford Mott (10-5, 6-3 KLAA North), Bloomfield Hills Andover (11-4, 8-4 OAA White), Royal Oak (11-4, 8-2 OAA Blue)



CLASS B-C-D TOP 5

1. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (12-2, 7-0 CHSL West)
— Having already clinched the West Division title — their fourth straight — in outright fashion, next up is a chance to start a new streak of CHSL titles when the C-D playoffs begin. The Lakers got a first-round bye, and will face either Marine City Cardinal Mooney or Royal Oak Shrine in a second-round game either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, playing for a spot in the championship game at University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall. (Last ranking: 1)

2. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (12-2)
— The Yellowjackets pushed their winning streak to 10 games with a 76-43 road win over Flint Northern. Ranked No. 4 in Class B, Country Day hosts Auburn Hills Avondale on Thursday, then has 12 days off before a showdown with Inkster, the No. 8-ranked team in Class A. (Last ranking: 2)

3. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (13-3, 7-1 CHSL AA)
— The Irish technically had to split their regular-season division title with Riverview Gabriel Richard, but that’s OK by them, as long as they got it back after a one-year hiatus. That makes divisional titles in three out of the last four years for Notre Dame Prep, which gets a higher seed in the upcoming Catholic League tournament, thanks to the tiebreaker with RGR. (Last ranking: 3)

4. Ferndale (13-2, 10-0 OAA Blue)
— The Eagles haven’t quite landed the Blue Division title just yet, but they got infinitely closer with Tuesdays’ 62-42 win over Royal Oak, putting them up two games with four to play. Not bad at all for a program — one of just two Class B teams in the OAA — that brought in a new coach in October, just weeks before the start of the regular season. (Last ranking: 4)

5. Clarkston Everest Collegiate (13-3, 8-0 CHSL West)
— In their first two years of existence as an independent program, the Mountaineers went 14-1 in divisional play in the Catholic League’s West Division. Even with a new face, Wixom St. Catherine of Siena, in the division to give them a challenge, the Mountaineers still went 8-0 to clinch the divisional crown. Coach Erin Van Wagoner will get to host the team coached by her former boss, Madison Heights Bishop Foley coach Dave Joseph, in the first round of the CHSL’s C-D Division playoffs on Saturday. Foley beat the Mountaineers 53-34 on the season’s opening night. (Last ranking: 5)



HONORABLE MENTION:
Birmingham Roeper (11-2), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood (12-4)



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PREVIOUS ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE RANKINGS: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Last Updated: 2/7/2013 5:40:32 PM EST

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