Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Girls Basketball Statewide Power Rankings - 3/1

With the playoffs being here, it's time to update the team power rankings. There are 10 girls teams who have separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

Winnacunnet = Clear Cut #1
The Warriors just keep on winning. Not only have they not lost all year, but nobody has come within 9 points of them. As good as last year's team was there are some who think that this year's squad might be even better, because they are more of a TEAM. Their secret to success is that even if a team is hanging around with them, when the 4th quarter rolls around that's when they're able to blow teams out of the gym. What's most impressive about this is that they only use a 6 player roation (Corcoran, O'Neil, Sillivan, Gould, DiPetro and Morrison). Their 6 players are just in such good shape that when the 4th quarter comes they still have enough gas left in the tank for a strong stretch run. Can anyone beat them? Sure, anything is possible. I think if anyone can do it it's Londonderry. But Winnacunnet is VERY good, and they're very consistent. They've been there and done that, played in the big games and won them time and time again. They're the ods-on favorite for a 5th straight title.

3 Team Race in D-II
It looks like Souhegan, Lebanon and Kennett in D-II. Lebanon and Souhegan played in one of the best girls games of the year a couple weeks ago. Both teams were short-handed (Scheie out for Lebanon, McNamara and Forrest out for Souhegan), but both teams put on quite the show. Kennett meanwhile could be the most dangerous team of all. They are the defending champs, and have their top players all back. Most notablly the Eagles have their super star back court of Allie Wagner and Melissa Frase healthy. Frase has been back for a few weeks now from ACL surgery. She dropped 31 points on Portsmouth recently. Wagner missed that agme with a minor ankle injury. Both players are back and healthy now, and that is VERY scary news for the rest of the division. Wagner and Frase are fast, skilled and they play off of each other as well as any back court combo has in recent years.

Souhegan, Lebanon and Kennett. Despite all of the injuries they've encountered, they have lost a combined TWO games all year. Should be fun to see which one of them wins the title.

Memorial = Tough Team to Figure
Which Memorial girls team will show up in the playoffs? The Crusaders are the only team besides Winnacunent to beat Londonderry this season. They also beat BG by 20, and come into the playoffs on a 3 game win streak which includes a win over a very good Alvirne team. But before those 3 games Memorial had lost 4 of their last 5 games, including a loss to 8-10 Merrimack. This is a team that is loaded with talent, and they've been relatively injury free (at least with their starting 5). Amra Elezovic and Ashley Gendron they ahve a dynamic 1-2 punch. Allie Hartford is a fearless floor general, and Ari Dimou, Christa Sopel and Taylor Leonard are all solid role players. They're the kind of team that could make a serious tournament run, but they're also a team that hasn't played consistently enough so they could possibly lose in one of the first 2 rounds. Which one will it be? Only time will tell.

Without any further ado, here are the current top 10 girls basketball teams in NH:
1. Winnacunnet
2. Londonderry
3. Pinkerton
4. Alvirne
5. Souhegan
6. Lebanon
7. Kennett
8. Dover
9. Manchester Memorial
10. Campbell

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