The Power List: City Section Girls Basketball Edition
As the regular season veers toward the home stretch, the SFV portion of the City Section is rounding into form. There’s been a shuffle at the top of the VST power rankings as a West Valley school is getting hot at the right time. An East Valley school reenters the top fray after a big win against a league rival. A long win streak helps a Valley Mission program make its way into the top ten, while the two schools from the Valley League that made the list have a big matchup with the inside track to a league championship on the line this week. Here are the top ten teams in the Valley for the week of 1/23/23:
1. Granada Hills Highlanders (17-4)
It was business as usual for the Highlanders last week, posting comfortable wins against league foes Chatsworth and Cleveland. They could lock up the West Valley this week if they can defeat El Camino Real on Monday afternoon and then win their rematches against Birmingham and Taft on Wednesday and Friday.
2. Taft Toreadors (14-7)
The Toreadors find themselves in the number two spot this week after a big win on Friday against their league rivals in Birmingham. Taft has been one of the hottest teams in all the city section since the calendar turned to 2023, posting a 7-1 record, with their only loss coming to Granada Hills.
3. Birmingham Patriots (13-10)
The Patriots slipped to third in the rankings and more importantly in the west Valley after losing to Taft on the road last Friday afternoon. The Patriots will have an opportunity to get back on track and climb up the rankings with a win against Granada Hills on Wednesday.
4. Poly Parrots (14-5)
The Parrots have been steady this season, as they have dominated their competition in the East Valley. They will have two stiff tests this week in Arleta and Verdugo Hills. An unbeaten week will lock up the East Valley League.
5. San Fernando Tigers (18-3)
The Tigers have dominated the Valley Mission this season on their way to an impressive record. Only Sierra Canyon has won more games in the San Fernando Valley. The Tigers have to remain focused down the stretch though, as they have a tricky matchup with Kennedy on the road on Wednesday with a chance to clinch the league championship on the line.
6. Arleta Mustangs (11-13)
The Mustangs are as gritty as any team you will find in the entirety of the city section. They have played as tough a schedule as any team in the city, which explains their sub-500. Record. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and the Mustangs have shown they can play with anybody in recent weeks. After knocking off Verdugo Hills last week, Arleta sets their sights on Poly on Monday, looking to avenge their 5-point defeat earlier in the campaign.
7. Verdugo Hills Dons (14-8)
The Dons are still as dangerous as any team in the city, despite coming off a tough loss to league rival Arleta. Things must break right for the Dons to win the East Valley, but the Dons will try to do their part when they take on North Hollywood, Poly and Chavez this week.
8. Vaughn White Tigers (12-5)
The White Tigers have a great opportunity to take a successful season to the next level if they can beat league rivals in Northridge Academy at home Monday evening. While a win doesn’t guarantee a league championship just yet, it would give Vaughn the inside track to their first-ever Valley championship.
9. Northridge Academy Pumas (12-5)
The Pumas have had a good season under first-year head coach Kevin Chen. Chen and his Northridge Academy squad will get the opportunity to continue the Pumas dominance over the Valley League with a win on the road against Vaughn on Monday evening.
10. Kennedy Cougars (9-10)
In recent weeks, the Cougars have quietly turned into one of the more dangerous teams in the San Fernando Valley. Since their blowout loss on December 15th at the hands of San Fernando dropped them to 0-10, the Cougars have responded with nine consecutive wins and will have an opportunity to extend that streak to double-digits if they can find a way to knock off San Fernando in a rematch at home on Wednesday.