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Northern Section Basketball Power Rankings: Foothill boys remain No. 1 despite loss; Willows remains girls top team

The Foothill Cougars remain No. 1 in the Northern Section Boys Basketball Power Rankings despite a Friday 51-50 loss to Enterprise, the third loss of the season for Foothill. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

Despite falling 51-50 on Friday to a spirited Enterprise boys team, the Foothill Cougars remain a unanimous pick at No. 1 in the Shasta County Sports/Chico Enterprise-Record Northern Section Boys Basketball Power Rankings.

The Cougars had chances to seize the game at Enterprise, but a mental lapse late (they failed to foul the Hornets while down one with 35 seconds left) led to the third loss of the year for Foothill and snapped a 10-game win streak.

Foothill hosts Pleasant Valley on Tuesday with the winner grabbing the reins of the Eastern Athletic League as both enter with one league loss.

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) 21-3 20 1
2 Pleasant Valley 15-8 18.25 2
3 Pierce 20-3 17.5 T4
4 Chico 13-8 17.25 3
5 (tie) U-Prep 17-7 16 T7
5 (tie) Enterprise 13-10 16 T4
7 Shasta 14-10 13.75 6
8 Redding Christian 21-2 12.5 T7
9 Gridley 16-7 12.25 12
10 Weed 15-3 11.5 9
11 Lassen 16-8 1 15
12 Anderson 12-10 8.75 17
13 Yreka 11-12 8.25 15
14 Mount Shasta 13-8 7 14
15 Fall River 17-5 6 10
16 Oroville 11-9 5 13
17 (tie) Quincy 18-4 3 NR
17 (tie) Sutter 15-8 3 11
19 Las Plumas 13-9 2.25 19
20 West Valley 8-12 1.75 18

Girls Power Rankings

There was no change at the top of the rankings as Willows continues to have a lock on the No. 1 spot with Enterprise sitting at No. 2.

Shasta, which dropped a home game last week to Chico, drops two spots to No. 5, while the Panthers and Pleasant Valley each leap-frog the Wolves.

Lassen (10-13) enters the rankings at No. 20.

Northern Section girls basketball Power Rankings
Ranking School Record Average points Previous
1 Willows (4) 21-3 20 1
2 Enterprise 14-10 19 2
3 Chico 14-9 18 4
4 Pleasant Valley 10-11 16.75 5
5 Shasta 13-8 16 3
6 Foothill 10-10 14.75 6
7 West Valley 16-8 13.75 7
8 Sutter 19-5 13 9
9 Redding Christian 14-5 12.75 8
10 Gridley 16-8 10.75 11
11 U-Prep 14-9 10.25 10
12 Oroville 12-12 8.25 12
13 Wheatland 14-5 7.5 14
14 (tie) Fall River 16-4 6.5 15
14 (tie) Durham 14-5 6.5 18
16 Corning 14-9 6.25 13
17 Etna 17-3 4 16
18 Portola 21-3 3 17
19 Pierce 14-8 2 19
20 Lassen 10-13 1 NR

 

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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