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YAIAA girls' basketball power rankings: Closing 2013


One final time for 2013, before the holiday tournaments tip-off this week of Dec. 23-29, little has changed atop our YAIAA power rankings -- especially in the top four, where any of the teams could make a case for No. 1.

So here they are:

1. York Catholic (5-0, previous rank: 1): Even without playing regularly, the Fighting Irish were in control of their early wins. A strong start has continued for juniors Japriya Carroll and Hannah Laslo, who provide a strong inside-outside combination on both sides of the court.

2. West York (4-1, PR: 2): It's early, but the Bulldogs have a one-game lead in Division I as the only team without a loss in its league schedule.

3. Dover (7-0, PR: 3): Mark your calendars -- Dover plays at Susquehannock on Jan. 10. For the week leading up to the matchup, the Eagles get a slate of three home games against Spring Grove, Northeastern and Gettysburg.

4. Susquehannock (5-1, PR: 4): Point guard Makenzie Fancher said Saturday at Spring Grove the Warriors' one-point loss a few weeks ago to West York was a wake-up call. They fell behind by double digits before a second-half rally, and it's been the only hiccup for an opportunistic defense. Since then, coach Dave Schreiner's team beat Red Lion for the first time in two decades and looks to be rolling.

5. Delone Catholic (4-1, PR: 7):

Red Lion's win against Dallastown opened up a spot in the top five, and Delone enjoyed a solid victory against a 4-2 New Oxford team, which just missed out of a top-10 spot.

Keep an eye on: 6. Red Lion (3-2), 7. Dallastown (5-2), 8. Eastern York (4-2), 9. Northeastern (4-2), 10. Kennard-Dale (5-2).