Some teams are yet to tip off the 2022-23 season, whereas some have already played several games. Either way, the season is very young and there have already been a bunch of shakeups, primarily in the Southern Section.
Here are SBLive California's statewide girls basketball rankings for the week of Nov. 28 - Dec. 4. The rankings will be released every week throughout the season.
1. Sierra Canyon (3-0 – 1st)
It's business as usual for the Trailblazers to start the new campaign. They beat nationally-elite foes Duncanville (TX), South Grand Prairie (TX), and Parkway (LA) all by double-digits.
2. Etiwanda (4-0 – 2nd)
Speaking of great starts against great teams, Etiwanda has beaten Fairmont Prep, Lynwood, Sage Hill, and North (Torrance) by a combined 298-130.
3. La Jolla Country Day (4-0 – 3rd)
And the same can be said for the Torreys. They too beat South Grand Prairie and Duncanville in addition to beating both Santiago (Corona) and St. Francis (GA) by 20.
4. Archbishop Mitty (1-0 – 4th)
Mitty kicked the season off on Saturday with a brutally lopsided win against Heritage (Brentwood). 77-8 was the final score.
5. Clovis West (4-0 – 5th)
The yearly phenomenon that is Clovis West towering above the rest of the Central Section has commenced. The Golden Eagles have outscored opponents 321-88 so far.
6. Folsom (0-0 – 7th)
Folsom comes in as the No. 6 team in the state upon starting its season this week.
7. Carondelet (1-0 – 8th)
The Cougars have a potential test at St. Ignatius on Tuesday.
8. Stockton St. Mary's (2-0 – 9th)
St. Mary's thrashed Wood 86-8 and beat a very good Pinole Valley team 66-25 to start the season.
9. Santiago Corona (1-2 – 15th)
After finishing last season unranked, Santiago has made its way into the top 15 and now the top 10 despite going 1-2. That's what happens when the one win comes against Mater Dei, as long as the other two losses come against elite teams, which they did.
10. Mater Dei (2-1 – 6th)
The Monarchs got bitten by the Sharks on Wednesday in a nail-biter, but defeated Paramount and St. Francis (GA) before that. That St. Francis team handed Santiago one of its two losses.
11. Salesian (0-0 – 10th)
Salesian tips off against Oakland Tech in a high-profile East Bay matchup on Tuesday.
12. Pinewood (0-0 – 11th)
Pinewood is yet to debut.
13. Rosary Academy (0-0 – 14th)
The Royals debut against St. Anthony on Tuesday.
14. Sage Hill (3-1 – 17th)
So far so good for the reigning State Division 2 champion. At the Redondo tournament, Sage Hill beat Brentwood, an unofficial rival in Ontario Christian, and Bishop Montgomery. It even managed to play Etiwanda pretty tight for much of a game before losing by 26.
15. San Joaquin Memorial (1-0 – 16th)
SJM blew out Turlock to open the 2022-23 campaign.
16. Lynwood (2-1 – Unranked)
Raise your hand if you had Lynwood beating both Windward and Corona Centennial by almost 20 points each to start the season. Clearly Ellis Barfield's Knights are back in the upper strata of girls hoops after a reloading season. Their only loss has come to Etiwanda.
17. Bishop Montgomery (3-1 – Bubble)
It didn't take long for the Knights to prove that they're still a force this season. They beat Calabasas, Mira Costa, and Brentwood School by double-digits before falling to Sage Hill by one point.
18. Piedmont (0-0 – 19th)
No games yet for the Highlanders.
19. Ontario Christian (2-1 – 23rd)
It's been a solid start for OC, although Sage Hill continues to be a thorn in its side. The Knights beat Alemany and Redondo Union before picking up their first loss.
20. Vanden (2-0 – 20th)
The Vikings scored over 80 points in both of their opening wins, which came against Northern Section foes Pleasant Valley (Chico) and Chico.
21. Mission Hills (0-0 – 21st)
Mission Hills is set to open its season this week at the LJCD Sweet 16.
22. Oak Ridge (0-0 – 22nd)
No action yet for Oak Ridge.
23. Brentwood School (22-12 – 25th)
As we expected, the Eagles entered the new season ready to make noise. They beat Windward, Centennial, and Chaminade to open the season, and have also beaten Fairmont Prep in overtime. However, they've lost three of their last four by double-digits against Sage Hill, Bishop Montgomery, and Centennial, so they'll need to get back on track quickly to stay in the top 25.
24. Windward (3-2 – 13th)
With double-digit losses to Brentwood and Lynwood in the books, the Eagles didn't jump out of the gate at breakneck pace like they did last season. But they're 3-2 with wins over good teams in Harvard-Westlake, Buchanan (Clovis), and Centennial.
25. Corona Centennial (3-4 – 12th)
It's already quite tough to place the Huskies. One could argue they should be at 23 having just gotten revenge against Brentwood, but they're also the only ranked team with a loss against a team outside the top 25. That came against Harvard-Westlake, a team that narrowly missed the bubble's bubble, by double-digits. Back-to-back wins over Alemany and Brentwood is a great sign though.
ON THE BUBBLE:
Orange Lutheran, Cardinal Newman, Bishop O'Dowd, Buchanan (Clovis), St. Joseph (Santa Maria), Moreau Catholic, Oakland Tech, San Ramon Valley, Bonita Vista, Westchester, Marin Catholic, St. Ignatius