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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Oakland County rankings for week of Feb. 14, 2013

Clarkston’s Erika Davenport (4) is surrounded by Rochester Stoney Creek defenders Emma Sobczynski (44) Lauren Voss (25) and Karlee Campbell during the second quarter of the game played on Tuesday Feb. 5, 2013 at Stoney Creek High School. Davenport scored 17 points in Clarkston’s 43-35 victory. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)

Lakeland's Amanda Lock with the pressure defense on Walled Lake Western's Maddie Schram in overtime as the Eagles beat the Warriors on Friday, February 8 ,2013. (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)

Lauren Hung hits the short jumper to lead Waterford Mott to the 42-39 victory over Hartland in the first round of the KLAA tournament at Hartland on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)

Jenny Rosonke, Rochester Adams, battles for a loose ball with Shelby Davis (14) and Skye Donaldson (42), Oxford, during girls varsity basketball action at Oxford Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)

CLASS A TOP 10

1. Clarkston (16-1, 11-0 OAA Red)
— Busy week for the Wolves. First, there was the make-up contest against North Farmington on Monday, then a non-conference game against Ann Arbor Huron Tuesday. There has to be something else ... Oh, yeah, a little ole rematch game on Thursday, against Southfield-Lathrup, with first place in the OAA Red on the line. No biggie. If you can’t make it to the game, don’t forget to catch the broadcast of the game on www.MIPrepzone.com/Oakland. (Last ranking: 1)

2. Southfield-Lathrup (14-2, 10-1 OAA Red)
— A few Lathrup players ran into a couple of Clarkston players during a visit to Oakland University a week or so back, and they all reminded each other of a date they had for Thursday. “Are you ready?” one side asked. “Yeah, we’re ready,” the other side responded. Don’t know how either side could NOT be ready for it. “I don’t know, I just get excited for that game,” Clarkston’s Erin Davenport said, relaying the story of the chance encounter. Now, the game is finally here. (Last ranking: 2)

3. Novi (16-1, 10-0 KLAA Central)
— After finishing off a perfect league regular season, the Wildcats opened the KLAA tournament with a win over Plymouth. From here, though it’ll be no easy road back to the Kensington Conference title game, having to go through Canton — the team that’s bounced Novi in districts two straight years — to get there, just like last year. You can bet that the Wildcats would like another chance at Westland John Glenn — the team that’s handed Novi two of its last four losses, and the only one so far this season — in the conference championship game, just like last year. (Last ranking: 3)

4. Waterford Kettering (16-1, 9-1 KLAA North)
— This may be a vastly different crew of Captains than the one that started the recent string of success, but the results are looking awfully similar. It’s back-to-back-to-back North division titles, and one game down in the Lakes Conference tournament so far. Up next is a second-round KLAA tourney game at home against rival Waterford Mott, with a berth in the conference title game on the line. (Last ranking: 4)

5. Birmingham Marian (15-2, 6-2 CHSL Central)
— After securing the Central Division title and crushing Allen Park Cabrini in the first round of the CHSL A-B tournament, the Mustangs justifiably earned a state ranking in Class A, moving into the No. 10 spot. The Mustangs defeated Livonia Ladywood in Wednesday night’s semifinals, 49-43, and now will head to the finals at University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall for the first time since the 2009-10 season. (Last ranking: 5)

6. Farmington Hills Harrison (15-1, 11-1 OAA White)
— While the Hawks might be able to see the finish line from here, they also assuredly can see a huge roadblock between themselves and that line: A Rochester Adams team that’s won eight straight coming to town Thursday. After that, the Hawks have to make up last Friday’s snowed out Birmingham Groves game this Friday, kicking off a three-game road swing to end the regular season. (Last ranking: 6)



7. Farmington Hills Mercy (13-5, 5-3 CHSL Central)
— The Marlins may have nipped the defending CHSL A-B champs, Dearborn Divine Child, in the final regular-season contest to finish as the second seed in the playoffs, but they couldn’t win the rubber match in Tuesday’s league tournament semifinal, losing to the Falcons in overtime. The next meaningful game for Mercy will come against Detroit Henry Ford on Feb. 25, to open the district that the Marlins host. (Last ranking: 8)

8. Rochester Adams (12-4, 10-2 OAA White)
— By the time the Highlanders take the floor at Farmington Hills Harrison on Thursday, it will be nine days since they last played. What’s worse, the Highlanders will have to play on back-to-back nights, making up last Friday’s snowed out game against Lake Orion this Friday. If Adams can get through that gauntlet, finishing off a four-game road swing in the span of 16-days, with its winning streak intact, it will finish out the regular season with home dates against Farmington and Rochester. (Last ranking: 10)

9. Walled Lake Western (13-5, 7-3 KLAA North)
— Ahh, the postseason. A chance at redemption, a chance to turn the page. After the Warriors’ only win in their last four games in divisional play came against a one-win Walled Lake Central squad, it took no more than a 49-46 win over Grand Blanc in Tuesday’s KLAA tournament opener to make all that moot. Western hosts Brighton Thursday, with a chance to play their way into the Lakes Conference championship game with a win. (Last ranking: 7)

10. Oxford (13-4, 11-2 OAA White)
— A rough week for the Wildcats when visiting teams from Rochester Hills showed up in town. First, it was a 43-34 loss to Rochester Adams that dropped Oxford a game off the pace in the OAA White, then a 46-42 crossover loss to Stoney Creek on Tuesday. It gets harder before it gets easier for the Wildcats, who have to visit Bloomfield Hills Andover Saturday before taking on Lake Orion and Farmington to finish out the regular season. (Last ranking: 9)

HONORABLE MENTION:
Holly (15-3, 13-2 Flint Metro), Waterford Mott (13-5, 7-3 KLAA North), Royal Oak (12-5), Bloomfield Hills Andover (11-4, 8-4 OAA White), North Farmington (9-7, 7-4 OAA Red), Stoney Creek (10-7, 5-6 OAA Red).



CLASS B-C-D TOP 5

1. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (14-2, 8-0 CHSL West)
— It looked weird seeing the Lakes players in street clothes during the Catholic League finals last year at University of Detroit’s Calihan Hall. After all, they’d been there four straight years, winning the last three trips. Not to worry — the Lakers punched their tickets to return there as participants with Tuesday’s 47-33 win over Marine City Cardinal Mooney in the semifinals, and will look to start a new run of league championships. (Last ranking: 1)

2. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (13-2)
— The Yellowjackets are still sitting tight, waiting for that showdown with Inkster next Tuesday. (Last ranking: 2)

3. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (13-4, 7-1 CHSL AA)
— The Fighting Irish got bounced from the Catholic League A-B playoffs in the first round by an aggressive Livonia Ladywood squad, leaving ND Prep with no games of import until a first-round game in districts against Macomb Lutheran North. The Irish will still get a test, though, picking up a game Thursday against Bloomfield Hills Andover. (Last ranking: 3)

4. Ferndale (13-2, 10-0 OAA Blue)
—The Eagles are still perched right where they were last week, with a trio of games separating them from the OAA Blue title. First up is a home date with Southfield on Thursday. (Last ranking: 4)

5. Clarkston Everest Collegiate (14-3, 8-0 CHSL West)
— The Mountaineers knocked off Madison Heights Bishop Foley in the first round of the Catholic League C-D tournament, earning a chance to play against last year’s C-D champ, Riverview Gabriel Richard, in Wednesday’s semifinal. The Mountaneers came up short, losing 51-29. (Last ranking: 5)

HONORABLE MENTION:
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood (12-6), Novi Franklin Road Christian (10-6, 9-1 MIAC Red); Birmingham Roeper (11-4)



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Last Updated: 2/14/2013 11:59:33 AM EST

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