Power Pack: RI High School Girls’ Basketball- February 4th
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
The RIIL Girls' Basketball season continues to amaze, and choosing a Top 10 each week is becoming a difficult task due to how many elite teams there are. 6 Division 1 teams crack this week's rankings, but Division 2 is loaded with worthy candidates and have 3 representitives in this week's Power Pack as well. There's also a dominant defending champion from Division 3 that refuses to be overshadowed by the bigger schools. All in all, the season has shown us that any number of teams could finish up #1 in our rankings, and this upcoming week (snow permitting) could give us a sneak peak at some potential playoff matchups.
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Division Record: 6-3 (Division 1 Central)
Overall Record: 8-5
Portsmouth's record won't blow you away, but the Patriots have put together a solid campaign in the deepest region in Division 1 (the Central). With games against Westerly Tuesday and La Salle Saturday, this is a big week for Portsmouth in terms of seeding in Division 1.
Division Record: 8-0 (Division 3 South)
Overall Record: 13-2
Juanita Sanchez remains the top ranked team in Division 3, as they've been utterly unstoppable against Division 3 opponents. 565 points for and 280 points allowed over 8 games means Juanita Sanchez averages more than double their opponents' total per game.
Division Record: 7-0 (Division 2 South)
Overall Record: 11-2
Coventry beat Juanita Sanchez in non-league action but it's the Oakers' undefeated league campaign that has really proven their quality as a team this season. Only Rogers has been more impressive against Division 2 competition, and the two teams will face off on February 18th in a marquee matchup.
Division Record: 7-0 (Division 2 Central)
Overall Record: 7-2
St. Raphael lost its first two games of the season- non-league contests to La Salle (by 2) and Taunton (by 6). Since then it's been smooth sailing for the Saints, winners of 7 in a row and clear front runners in Division 2 Central. The key? Defense. St. Raphael allows a measly 26 points per game to Division 2 opponents, the fewest in the league.
Division Record: 7-2 (Division 1 North)
Overall Record: 8-4
La Salle has proven they can play with anybody by virtue of beating South Kingstown, but the Rams have also lost to Barrington and Bay View and fall just shy of the Top 5 this week. This week is a huge stretch for La Salle on the schedule, as the Rams take on North Kingstown on Thursday night and Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon.
Division Record: 6-2 (Division 1 Central)
Overall Record: 7-4
The Eagles have played a harsh schedule to this point, but Barrington has held their own and have emerged as a serious dark horse in Division 1. The only Division 1 teams to knock off Barrington thus far are Bay View and North Kingstown. The road doesn't get any easier this week, however, as the Eagles host South Kingstown Tuesday night.
Division Record: 8-1 (Division 1 South)
Overall Record: 13-1
North Kingstown has been outstanding this season, but South Kingstown handed them their first loss last Wednesday and in a competitive group at the top of the Power Pack, the Skippers fall to #4 this week. NK has a busy week this week with Bay View on Tuesday and La Salle on Thursday coming up.
Division Record: 8-1 (Division 1 South)
Overall Record: 10-2
South Kingstown knocked off their rivals to the North 47-44 in their last game, and the Rebels standing in this Power Pack is reflective of thier place atop Division 1 South by way of that head to head tiebreaker. SK has a tough road game Tuesday night at Barrington.
St. Mary's Bay View
Division Record: 7-0 (Division 1 Central)
Overall Record: 9-1
With wins over La Salle and Barrington on their resume, the unbeaten Bay View Bengals are the top rated team in Divison 1 right now. Tuesday night's matchup with North Kingstown is the game of the week, and another opportunity for Bay View to assert themselves as the team to beat. One team has beaten the Bengals, howver, and that's why they're #1.
Division Record: 7-0 (Division 2 East)
Overall Record: 13-0
Rogers may not play a full slate of Division 1 opponents, but wins over Bay View, Barrington, Portsmouth (twice), and Westerly show the Vikings are as good as anybody in the state. A dominant 7 game stretch in Division 2 coupled with a 13-0 overall record shows Rogers is the #1 team in Rhode Island right now. They'll be tested by Division 2 stalwarts Prout and West Warwick this week.