YAIAA girls' basketball power rankings, Jan. 27
After no movement in the top five last week, one newcomer makes its arrival to this week's poll. West York continued its ascent up the Division II ladder and earned a spot in the latest girls' basketball power rankings.
Where exactly did they land? Check out the jump to find out.
Last week's rankings here.
1. Red Lion (1) -- Another unblemished week for the Lions (16-1). This one was highlighted by senior forward Erica Maciejewski, who cracked the 1,000-point plateau against Dover on Friday. (For a cool video on that -- featuring a cameo by the incomparable Steve Navaroli -- head here.) Once against, the Lions have an enticing nonleague game on tap for this weekend, when they host Boyertown on Saturday. The Lions also have a matchup with State College scheduled for Feb. 4.
2. Delone Catholic (2) -- The Sierra Moore watch continues: According to our numbers compiled from YDR boxscores, the Duke recruit needs 77 points to break Autumn Lau's all-time YAIAA girls' scoring record. Delone (13-2) plays Biglerville on Friday and West York on Saturday. Unless Moore goes crazy in those two games (which is certainly a possibility) she could tentatively be on track to break the record next week, either Tuesday at home against Fairfield or Friday on the road at Hanover.
3. York Catholic (3) -- There's very little flashy about this Irish team. They play consistently strong defense and spread the scoring around among a trio of players. That's plenty to help them cruise through the league schedule. But in order for the Irish (15-2) to topple Delone and make a run at another district or state title, they need to find that go-to option that can take charge late in games. For four years, that was Kady Schrann. Now, somebody else needs to step forward.
4. Eastern York (4) -- More of the same from the Golden Knights (15-3), who continue to plow through their Division III schedule. In their latest outing, Eastern handed out a 60-10 drubbing to Littlestown. The Knights have won each of their last six games by 13 or more points, which means they seem to be peaking heading into Tuesday's visit to Susquehannock. Eastern could lock up a Division III title with a win in that game.
5. West York (NR) -- The Bulldogs (13-4) have been rolling the last month or so; since a 3-4 start, they've won 10 straight. The latest, a come-from-behind 47-43 win over Dover, vaulted West York into first place in the Division II standings. Impressive stuff from a team featuring a lot of young and/or relatively inexperienced players. Not that the Bulldogs have any time to get complacent; they have a big divisional matchup with Spring Grove on Friday, following by a matchup with Delone Catholic at Red Lion on Saturday.
In the hunt (alphabetical order): Dallastown (9-8), Dover (13-3), Kennard-Dale (9-8), Spring Grove (9-8), Susquehannock (11-6)