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Swish Appeal Prep Poll of Polls (week of February 8, 2015) - All's quiet near the top

The top seven slots remained unchanged from two weeks ago with four new additions near the bottom of the list.

Kelsey Marshall (left) and  Channise Lewis (right) of Miami Country Day School
Kelsey Marshall (left) and Channise Lewis (right) of Miami Country Day School
Photo by Oliver Berens

There was no movement near the top of our third installment of the Swish Appeal Prep Poll of Polls with strong consensus through #14 and then widely differing opinion as to who belongs in the remainder of the slots.   Four new schools joined the list in this week's edition, all below #20.

Current state of affairs

Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana, California, and Neumann-Goretti High School of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, continue locked at the top each with 98 of the possible 100 points and both schools receiving two first place votes.  This has been the case since our original prep poll of polls in January.

Quiet before the storm

In the period after the various, often strong, January weekend showcase events until state playoffs get started (which is now happening in some states), there is usually little movement.  Typical of most years in this period, the better teams mostly feast on weaker local opposition awaiting stronger post-season competition.  Look for some significant shake-ups in our next edition and even more in the one after that.

The system

The four national polls (links below) were reviewed and 25 points assigned to the team ranked first down to one point for a team ranked 25th.  Then the points were added up (maximum score 100) to create the ranking order.

Here are the links to the individual polls:

Blue Star Media: Unbeaten Ohio school rolls into Blue Star Media Elite 25 girls' basketball rankings - Blue Star Media

ESPN: espnW 25 Power Rankings - ESPN

MaxPreps: Girls Basketball Rankings - MaxPreps

USA Today: Girls Varsity Basketball Expert Rankings | USA Today High School Sports

Swish Appeal Prep Poll of Polls (from polls released week of February 8, 2015)

1-2 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California) 98 (2 first place) (#1-2)

1-2 Neumann-Goretti High School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 98 (2 first place) (#1-2)

3 St. Mary's High School (Stockton, California) 87 (#3)

4 Blackman High School (Murfreesboro, Tennessee) 85 (#4)

5 Bedford North Lawrence High School (Bedford, Indiana) 83 (#5)

6 Whitney Young High School (Chicago, Illinois) 78 (#6)

7 Myers Park High School (Charlotte, North Carolina) 63 (#7)

8 Elizabethtown High School (Elizabethtown, Kentucky) 60 (#11)

9 Miami Country Day School (Miami, Florida) 59 (#8-9)

10 Poly (Long Beach, California) 58 (#10)

11 Cypress Woods High School (Cypress, Texas) 57 (#8-9)

12 Dillard High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) 52 (#13)

13 Ridgeway High School (Memphis, Tennessee) 49 (#15-16)

14 Paul VI High School (Fairfax, Virginia) 47 (#14)

15 Hopkins High School (Minnetonka, Minnesota) 29 (#17-18)

16 Marian High School (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) 28 (#19)

17-18 Desert Vista High School (Phoenix, Arizona) 23 (#20-21)

17-18 Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Washington) 23 (#22-23)

19 Eastview High School (Apple Valley, Minnesota) 21 (#20-21)

20 Olive Branch High School (Olive Branch, Mississippi) 17 (#24)

21 Cumberland Valley High School (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) 16 (NR)

22-25 Braintree High School (Braintree, Massachusetts) 12 (NR)

22-25 Columbus North High School (Columbus, Indiana) 12 (NR)

22-25 Lawrence North High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) 12 (#12)

22-25 Manasquan High School (Manasquan, New Jersey) 12 (NR)

Dropped out:

Central Dauphin East High School (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) (#25)

Chaminade College Prep School (West Hills, California) (#17-18)

New Hope Christian Academy (Thomasville, North Carolina) (#25)

Potter's House Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Florida) (#15-16)

Princess Anne High School (Virginia Beach, Virginia) (#22-23)


Teams with location are listed according to number of points garnered with prior poll standing in parenthesis.  Where there are ties, teams are listed alphabetically. NR stands for "not ranked" in last poll.  Again, for more details on each team, see the four polls individually.   Hopefully, our next update will be posted in about two weeks depending on the publication of the individual polls.