The Power List: City Section Girls Basketball Edition
Teams across the Valley are primed to fight for city titles across five divisions as the postseason gets underway tonight. Here is the final regular season edition of the VST power rankings as we get ready to see who has what it takes to raise championship banners following an action-packed 2023 regular season:
1. Granada Hills Highlanders (23-4)
It was a dominant regular season for the Highlanders, as they finished the regular season 10-0 in a tough West Valley League. Granada Hills will begin the postseason as the top seed in the Open Division playoffs, riding an 11-game winning streak.
2. Birmingham Patriots (17-11)
After a stretch that saw the Patriots lose back-to-back games to league rivals Granada Hills and Taft, Birmingham bounced back and finished the regular season strong, winning their final four regular-season matchups. There is some concern about the Patriots and how they will navigate without their junior point guard Natalie Lopez in the Open Division playoffs, but talent is abundant on this team that still makes them a strong bet to challenge for a city championship.
3. Taft Toreadors (18-9)
The Toreadors have regained their championship-level form with the addition of Aliyah Muhamad in the lineup in the second half of the season. They could be the dark horse in the Open Division playoffs.
4. Poly Parrots (20-5)
The Parrots have achieved what they wanted out of the regular season, finishing with 20 wins and an unblemished record on their way to the East Valley championship. Now they turn their sights to the Division I playoffs, where they will be one of the favorites to challenge for the championship.
5. San Fernando Tigers (24-3)
The Tiers have been a freight train in the Valley Mission all year long, finishing an impressive 12-0 in the league. They find themselves in a spot where they will get to prove if they are as good as their record suggests when they face Granada Hills in the opening round of the Open Division playoffs.
6. Verdugo Hills Dons (19-10)
This season has provided plenty of challenges for the Verdugo Hills program, but if there is any team battle-tested enough to make a deep postseason run, it would be the Dons. A championship for Verdugo Hills this season would represent their fourth title in as many years.
7. Vaughn White Tigers (16-5)
The White Tigers had an amazing regular season, as they successfully ended Northridge Academy’s reign as the top dog in the Valley League. They are a strong bet to make a run at the Division III championship when the postseason gets underway for them on Thursday evening.
8. Sylmar Spartans (13-3)
The Spartans are still a bit of a mystery, as the team did not play as many games as most of the other teams that made the final rankings. They hung tough against league rival and Open Division participant San Fernando this season, and they may be able to pull a surprise or two in the postseason.
9. Northridge Academy Pumas (15-6)
The Pumas were not able to win the Valley League this season, but they remain a serious threat in Division II if for no other reason than this team can shoot the lights out from behind the arc. If they catch fire in the postseason, this team could easily find themselves in the semifinals.
10. Arleta Mustangs (13-15)
This scrappy bunch may not have had the results they wanted in the regular season, but this group is always game for a fight. They will have a tough test against Narbonne right out of the gate in the postseason, but if they get past the Gauchos, the Mustangs might give the top seed in Hamilton a bigger fight than they may be expecting in the quarterfinals.