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Northern Section Basketball Power Rankings: Foothill boys, Willows girls remain top teams

Bekdoo Lewis and the Foothill Cougars remain atop the Northern Section Boys Basketball Power Rankings with one week left in the regular season. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

With one final week before playoffs, the Foothill Cougars remain the top team in the Northern Section Power Rankings on the boys side. The 23-3 Cougars can clinch the Eastern Athletic League outright this week and the No. 1 seed in the Northern Section Division III playoffs with a road win over Chico on Tuesday. The Cougars host Shasta to end the regular season on Friday.

Meanwhile, there was some movement behind the Cougars as Pleasant Valley, Pierce, Chico, Shasta and Enterprise juggled spots in the Top 6.

Two new teams enter the rankings as Paradise and Los Molinos enter at 19 and 20, respectively.

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) 23-3 20 1
2 Chico 15-8 18.75 4
3 Pleasant Valley 15-11 17.75 2
4 Pierce 22-3 17.25 3
5 Shasta 16-10 15.75 T7
6 Enterprise 13-12 15.5 6
7 Gridley 18-7 13.75 T9
8 U-Prep 18-8 13.25 5
9 Weed 16-4 12 T9
10 Anderson 14-10 11 12
11 Lassen 18-8 9.75 11
12 Fall River 19-5 9 15
13 Redding Christian 22-3 7.75 T7
14 Mount Shasta 15-8 7.5 14
15 Las Plumas 14-10 5.25 19
16 Sutter 16-9 4.75 18
17 Oroville 12-10 4.5 16
18 Quincy 20-4 3 17
19 Paradise 13-10 2 NR
20 Los Molinos 15-7 1 NR

Girls Power Rankings

Willows remains the top Honker in the girls rankings, followed closely by Enterprise. The Hornets can locked up at least a share of the EAL title with a win over Red Bluff (Tuesday) or PV (Friday) and a league title would also assure Enterprise of the No. 1 seed in the D-III postseason.

West Valley, on the heels of its Northern Athletic League title, climbs up to No. 6, behind Shasta and Chico.

The playoff seeding meeting is scheduled for Saturday morning.

Northern Section girls basketball Power Rankings
Ranking School Record Average points Previous
1 Willows (4) 22-3 20 1
2 Enterprise 16-10 19 2
3 Pleasant Valley 12-11 17.75 4
4 Chico 14-11 16.75 3
5 Shasta 14-9 16.5 5
6 West Valley 18-8 15 7
7 Sutter 21-5 14 8
8 Redding Christian 15-5 12.75 9
9 Foothill 11-11 11.75 6
10 Gridley 18-8 11.25 10
11 U-Prep 15-10 10.25 11
12 Fall River 18-4 8 14
13 (tie) Oroville 14-12 6.25 12
13 (tie) Durham 16-5 6.25 15
15 Wheatland 14-7 6 13
16 (tie) Portola 23-3 4 18
16 (tie) Etna 18-4 4 17
18 Corning 16-9 3.75 16
19 Colusa 17-10 2 NR
20 Pierce 15-9 1.5 19

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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