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Northern Section Basketball Power Rankings: Foothill boys hold ground, new No. 1 girls team

Bekdoo Lewis and the Foothill Cougars remain atop the Northern Section Boys Basketball Power Rankings after a 70-57 road win over Pleasant Valley. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

The Foothill Cougars remain on top of the Northern Section Basketball Power Rankings, a combined effort between Shasta County Sports and the Chico Enterprise-Record. In the second week of Eastern Athletic League play, the Cougars went on the road and handily downed defending Northern Section Division III champions Pleasant Valley 70-57 and Red Bluff to improve their mark to 18-2. Foothill closes out the first round of EAL play with a home game against Chico, the No. 3 team in the Power Rankings, and a road contest at Shasta on Friday.

The Vikings remain No. 2, while Chico bumps up to No. 3 as Pierce and Enterprise share the fourth-slot and Shasta is No. 6, down one place from last week.

Shasta County Sports and the Chico Enterprise-Record have teamed up to present weekly boys and girls basketball rankings.

T.J. Holmes and Aaron Williams of Shasta County Sports, and Sharon Martin and Will Denner of the Chico E-R will each rank their Top 20 boys and girls teams. The average will determine the Power Rankings order each week. Shasta County Sports provides the most in-depth and comprehensive coverage of basketball in far north of the section, while the E-R blankets the southern portion of the section.

Teams are ranked and awarded points based on how that rank — 20 for first, 19 for second and so on. Those totals are averaged to get a school’s weekly power average and sorted from greatest to least.

Northern Section boys basketball Power Rankings
Ranking School Record Average points Previous
1 Foothill (4) 18-2 20 1
2 PV 12-7 19 2
3 Chico 11-7 18 4
4 (tie) Pierce 16-2 16.5 6
4 (tie) Enterprise 11-7 16.5 3
6 Shasta 14-6 15 5
7 U-Prep 13-7 13.5 7
8 Gridley 12-6 13.5 9
9 Redding Christian 16-2 12 8
10 Fall River 14-3 11 12
11 Weed 12-2 9.75 10
12 Lassen 14-6 8.75 11
13 Mount Shasta 9-6 8 13
14 West Valley 7-9 7 16
15 (tie) Oroville 10-5 5 19
15 (tie) Sutter 12-6 5 18
17 Anderson 9-9 4.25 14
18 Yreka 9-9 3.75 15
19 Wheatland 9-6 2.25 NR
20 East Nicolaus 12-5 1.25 NR

Girls Power Rankings

There’s a new No. 1 team as 16-3 Willows jumps up one spot into the No. 1 place after Chico beat Pleasant Valley on Friday. The Panthers jump from No. 4 to No. 2 while the Vikings dip to No. 3.

Enterprise, which beat Chico and rival Shasta last week, jumps to four spots to No. 4. The Hornets, already without center Abby Shoff, saw point guard Alissa Terras go down with an ankle injury against the Wolves. Mianna Saechao, Natayah Saeturn, and Kylie and Natalie Mendes stepped it up in Terras’ absence in the 18-point win over the Wolves.

Shasta sits at No. 5, followed by West Valley, Redding Christian and Foothill, respectively. Corning and Sutter round out the Top 10.

Northern Section girls basketball Power Rankings
Ranking School Record Average points Previous
1 Willows (4) 16-3 20 2
2 Chico 11-8 18.5 4
3 Pleasant Valley 8-8 17.5 1
4 Enterprise 11-9 16.75 8
5 Shasta 11-6 16 3
6 West Valley 12-7 15.25 5
7 Redding Christian 10-5 14.5 6
8 Foothill 7-8 12.25 9
9 Corning 13-5 12 10
10 Sutter 15-4 11.5 7
11 Gridley 12-7 10.5 12
12 U-Prep 12-7 8.75 11
13 Fall River 11-4 8.25 13
14 Etna 13-3 7 NR
15 Portola 16-3 6 14
16 Wheatland 8-5 5 16
17 Durham 9-5 3.5 19
18 Pierce 13-6 3 17
19 East Nicolaus 13-4 2.5 15
20 Oroville 9-10 0.5 20

Staff Reports is content produced by the Shasta County Sports team.

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