The Power List: Girls Basketball Edition

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Marriane Boco (5) and the Granada Hills Highlanders take the top spot in the VST power rankings this week

While the top of this week’s VST power rankings are dominated by the West Valley, teams from East Valley and Valley Mission Leagues are right on their tails for the top spots. Another member of the West Valley is showing signs of returning to championship-caliber form, while a small school with a dynamic backcourt in the Valley League holds on to their spot in the top ten. Here is the Power List for the first week of the new year:

1. Granada Hills Highlanders (12-4)

The Highlanders had a strong week at the West Coast Holiday Tournament at John Burroughs, beating Crescenta Valley, previously unbeaten La Salle and Poly before falling to Leuzinger by a single point in the tournament finale. This team is proving that they are one of the toughest teams in the entire city section this season.

2. Birmingham Patriots (10-8)

The Patriots had a rough go of it due to their arduous schedule to start the season, since the 1-3 start, the Patriots have turned it around, winning three of their last four, with their only loss last week in the La Canada tournament, a one-point defeat at the hands of Notre Dame Sherman Oaks.

3. Poly Parrots (8-4)

The Parrots might not be the biggest team in the city section, but they have a lot of talent and can play with any team in the section. The Lising twins are off to a hot start this season, and already proving they are the class of the East Valley, with wins over league rivals Arleta and Verdugo Hills in their pocket already. With the addition of Jhada Corden to their offensive arsenal, the Parrots will be a tough out in the second half of the season.

4. San Fernando Tigers (10-1)

The Tigers have gotten off to a hot start to begin the season, and they looked as good as advertised in the West Coast Holiday Tournament, playing five games in five days at Burroughs. They went 4-1 at the tournament with notable wins over Trinity Classical and Heritage Christian.

5. Chatsworth Chancellors (12-7)

The Chancellors have cooled off a bit since their 7-0 start to the season, but the 5-7 record since has more to do with a tough schedule and missing parts from their lineup. This team is as dangerous as any you will come across in the city section. They will get the chance to prove just how good they can be next week when league play begins.

6. Taft Toreadors (7-6)

It hasn’t always looked pretty this season for Taft, but they are beginning to resemble the squad that nearly walked away with a Division I city title last season. The one-two punch of Evelyn Birau and Brigita Bulotaite is starting to pay dividends for the Toreadors, with the team winning 5 of their last seven contests.

7. Verdugo Hills Dons (12-7)

The Dons slipped a few spots in the rankings this week due to the rough go that they had at the West Coast Holiday Classic last week. This team is chock full of championship pedigree and will look to get back to their winning ways with games against Monroe and Chavez after a well-deserved break this week.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (8-7)

The Cavaliers have had their share of ups and downs to begin the season, but they are finding their stride of late. Winners of three of their last four contests, the Cavs will have their hands full this week with tough games against Trinity Classical and West Valley rival Birmingham this week.

9. Sylmar Spartans (7-1)

The Spartans are the biggest mystery in the city section having only played 8 games this year. How good are they? It's hard to tell. While they have won 7 of their first 8 contests including wins over Northridge Academy and a scrappy North Hollywood squad, but their lone loss was a lop-sided defeat against San Fernando. They’ve got tough games down the road against Poly and San Fernando, so the questions surrounding this team should be answered well before playoff time rolls around.

10. Northridge Academy Pumas (10-4)

The Valley Leagues representative in the power rankings comes in the form of the 10-win Pumas. This squad is not the tallest bunch around, but they are well coached and tough as nails. They’ll have to fight off VAAS and Vaughn for the Valley title, but this could be a team that makes noise and moves up the list in the weeks to come.

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