Top Howard County girls teams

Through the first month of the season, Howard, Centennial and Reservoir are the county's top teams. (Photos courtesy of the Baltimore Sun Media Group / January 5, 2014)

The weather has been cruel to girls basketball coaches in Howard County over the last few weeks. Save for Thursday, Jan. 2, students have been out of school since before Christmas. For winter sports teams, that means limited practice and game time.

Reservoir has felt the brunt of the extended time off. Opting for the extra practice over playing in a tournament, the Gators haven’t set foot on the court in a game setting since their Dec. 18 victory over Centennial.

Other teams have been more fortunate, especially those that rescheduled Friday’s cancelations for Saturday. This week, with just frigid temperatures on the horizon, teams should expect this season to get back to normal.

There are games every day this week except for Thursday, and with plenty of top match-ups to look forward to, fans should expect to get their fix of solid play.

Since there hasn’t been much action in the past few weeks, there is minimal change in regards to the rankings. After this week, with multiple teams eying a shot at a few highly ranked squads, look for a shake-up or two.

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1. Howard (7-0 county, 9-0 overall)

The Lions were one of the lucky teams that rescheduled Friday’s game for Saturday. Going on the road against Wilde Lake, Howard took care of business with a 62-28 victory.

Scorers: Jayda Gilmore 14, Catherine Sims 10, Anne Kinsey 10, Emileigh Scott 9, Natalie Talley 8, Sydney Biniak 7, Madison Worrell 2, Jenny Kinsey 2.

The Lions have a big match-up against Mt. Hebron on Wednesday, so Scott Robinson’s team will get another chance to maintain its grasp on the inside track for the county crown. 

Next two games: Mt. Hebron (Jan. 8), at Bel Air (Jan. 10)

2. Reservoir (4-2)

The Gators haven’t played since 2013, and while that doesn’t sound like a long time, their 18-day break makes it easy to forget how talented this squad can be.

A clear weather forecast would be ideal for Kyle Sullivan’s team, which has a full slate of games this week. Look for Friday night’s match-up with Atholton to be one of the week’s better games, as both teams look to be among the favorites to challenge Howard for the county’s throne.

Next two games: Glenelg (Jan. 6), Long Reach (Jan. 8)

3. Centennial (5-1, 6-3)

The Eagles have had plenty of rest since their 1-1 performance in the North Carroll Holiday Hoops Tournament. Coach Bobby Macheel’s girls won’t be taking on any teams in the top five this week, but that doesn’t mean Centennial won’t be fully prepared.

Guard Brittany Anderson, a sharpshooter from beyond the arc, is averaging a little over 13 points per game. Look for her impact to be one of the difference-makers if the Eagles are going to be a force down the stretch.

Next two games: Long Reach (Jan. 7), at Glenelg (Jan. 8)

4. Mt. Hebron (4-2, 5-3)