What better way to usher in the 2015 calendar year than with the first edition of the District 3 high school girls’ basketball power rankings. If the season were to end today, which teams would be in, which ones would be on the bubble, and which ones could start planning for 2015-16? Let's take a look:
(Top 10 teams qualify for postseason)
Currently No. 1: York Catholic
Hanover-area schools: 2. Delone Catholic; 5. Biglerville; 12. Hanover; 14. Fairfield
Rapid reaction: Delone Catholic's lone loss this season was to Bishop Guilfoyle, which sits in the No. 2 spot in Penn Live's Class A state rankings. York Catholic, which owns the top spot in the initial rankings, fell to Delone Catholic for the Irish's lone loss, yet somehow find their way at the top. Things will play out as the season progresses, but the early rankings are a bit of a head scratcher. The Canners have played solid basketball all season and are in a good spot. Hanover needs a few wins and they will jump into the top 10. The Hawkettes are extremely young and have players still finding their roles. The Hawkettes are extremely young and have players still finding their roles. I said it after an early season loss to Delone, however -- Hanover has the potential to be a playoff team.
(Top 18 teams qualify for postseason)
Currently No. 1: West York
Hanover-area schools: 30. Gettysburg; 31. Bermudian Springs; 34. Littlestown
Rapid reaction: The honest truth is that things don’t look promising for a Hanover-area team getting into the Class AAA postseason. Gettysburg has the best chance, and the Warriors currently hold a 2-9 record. Bermudian Springs and Littlestown are hurt by the fact they play in Division III against mostly Class AA teams.
DISTRICT 3 CLASS AAAA
(Top 20 teams qualify for postseason)
Currently No. 1: Palmyra Area
Hanover-area schools: 5. New Oxford; 30. South Western; 39. Spring Grove
Rapid reaction: New Oxford has proven to be a legitimate contender in Class AAAA. Several big games over the next two weeks against Red Lion and Dallastown should further illustrate where the Colonials stack up in the class. South Western won its last contest against Twin Valley to close out 2014. If the Mustangs carry that momentum and go on a winning streak they could find themselves closer to the bubble. The Rockets have not won since their season-opening contest and hope to see a new year bring new-found success.