The Power List: City Section girls basketball edition
The regular season rolls into its final week, and several teams that made the VST Power rankings this week have all but secured their league titles. The top three spots in the list remain unchanged, while two Valley Mission schools jumped back into the top ten after a strong week of play. Here are the top ten teams around the Valley for the penultimate Power List of the city section girls basketball season:
1. Granada Hills Highlanders (21-4) Last week: #1
The Highlanders continue to steamroll toward the postseason and clinched a share of the West Valley after continuing their undefeated run in the West Valley League last week. They can move to 9-0 in league play and lock up the championship with a victory on the road at Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon.
2. Taft Toreadors (17-8) Last Week: #2
Taft maintains the second spot in the power rankings with a strong week against West Valley League competition last week. They can lock up second place in the West Valley with a win in the return matchup against Birmingham coming up later this week.
3. Birmingham Patriots (15-11) Last Week: #3
The Patriots maintain the third spot in the rankings this week after following up a tough loss to first Granada Hills, with strong victories over Chatsworth and El Camino. The Patriots will get a chance to avenge their road loss to Taft when the two meet at Birmingham on Wednesday.
4. San Fernando Tigers (22-3) Last week: #5
The Tigers continue to show they are as dangerous as any team in the city section after a strong week featuring three blowout victories in Valley Mission play, capped off by a quality victory over another Division I opponent in LACES over the weekend.
5. Poly Parrots (18-5) Last week: #4
The East Valley champions locked up the league last week with wins over Arleta and Verdugo Hills. The Parrots will look to finish the regular season strong before focusing on a run at a city championship.
6. Vaughn White Tigers (15-5) Last week: #8
The White Tigers are on the verge of their first Valley League championship after a 3-0 week in league play. They will lock up the league with a win at East Valley Thursday, but this team has designs on making noise beyond just the regular season.
7. Verdugo Hills Dons (16-10) Last week: #7
The Dons had an up-and-down week, going 2-2 with losses to Division I opponents Poly and Eagle Rock. This team still has plenty of championship pedigree to lean on, and they will look to build positive momentum toward the postseason when they head on the road to face Grant this week.
8. Sylmar Spartans (11-3) Last week: N/A
The Spartans jumped back into the rankings this week after posting a couple of victories over league foes Canoga Park and Van Nuys. There is still a great deal of mystery as to what this team can do come the postseason, but they have proven themselves to be one of the tougher teams to play in the San Fernando Valley.
9. Van Nuys Wolves (13-12) Last week: N/A
The Van Nuys Wolves make the list this week after a 2-1 week pushed them back above the 500. mark for the season. The Wolves struggle offensively at times, but they are a feisty team that feasts on the weaker competition. They will get a taste of what may await them in postseason play when they get another crack at league rival San Fernando on the road Wednesday.
10. Arleta Mustangs (12-14) Last week: #6
The Mustangs fell a few spots this week, but by no means is this a team to be taken lightly. The Mustangs followed up a tough loss to Poly last week with a dominant performance on the road at Grant. They will have a chance to finish the regular season with a .500 record if they can win their final two contests against North Hollywood and Chavez this week.