Girls basketball is off to a somewhat predictable start with Andover (11-0,6-0) holding strong in the No. 1 position this season in the Globe Top 20, coming on the heels of a Division 1 State Championship last year. Central Catholic (7-2, 5-1) lost its hold on the No. 2 position and fell to the No. 3 slot after losing its second game to Andover last week. The two met for the first time in December during the first round of the Greater Lawrence Girls Basketball Christmas Tournament, where Andover took down the Raiders, 53-43. The most recent meeting of the two teams counted in the Merrimack Valley Conference and was much closer, with Andover taking home a 53-52 win. Golden Warriors sophomore guard Devon Caveney contributed 22 points in the Jan. 7 win.
Mansfield (10-0, 6-0), our No. 2 team, moved up one spot after pushing its win streak to 10 games on Friday in a 36-26 win over Oliver Ames. The Hornets average 52.1 points per game and allow just 39.5 points per game. No. 11 Franklin, which moved up two spots, travels to Mansfield on Friday for a battle of the top ranked Hockomock (Kelley-Rex) competitors.
Wellelsey (7-1, 5-1) remains in the No. 4 spot after rebounding from its only loss of the season on January 4 to Needham, 37-27. The Raiders, who were without top scorers Blake Dietrick and Tierra Allen during the Needham game, have outscored the past three opponents by at least 18 points, including a 73-24 rout of Norwood on Friday. No. 5 Reading (10-0, 8-0), No. 6 Scituate (9-0, 6-0) and No. 7 Newton South (9-0, 7-0) remain steady in the same position after each winning a pair of games last week.
New Bedford (10-0, 0-0), our No. 8 team, moved up one spot after taking down Taunton, 65-41 and Fairhaven, 64-42, last week. Revere jumped two spots from No. 11 to No. 9 after toppling Northeastern Conference opponents Saugus on Tuesday, 50-31, and Marblehead Friday, 60-32. Formerly No. 8, Coyle & Cassidy fell to the No. 12 spot after losing to Cardinal Spellman (5-1, 3-1) 36-29 on January 9.
St. Mary's (10-1, 4-1) still owns the No. 10 slot, but the bottom 10 is a different story in terms of changes. Cohasset dropped five slots from No. 11 to No. 16 after losing to previously unranked No. 15 Norwell (10-1, 6-0) on Tuesday, 45-43. No. 17 Natick (8-1, 7-0), No. 18 Acton-Boxboro (7-0, 2-0) and No. 19 Braintree (8-0, 7-0) break into the Top 20 for the first time this season. No. 20 Stoneham (9-1, 7-1) hangs on to the No. 20 slot after losing to Middlesex League competitor Woburn (6-1, 5-1) on Friday, 58-53.