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GIRLS TOP 20

THE BALTIMORE SUN

1 Hammond (record: 16-1, 200 points) -- Last week's ranking: 2. The Golden Bears take over the top spot in the rankings after edging then-No. 1 Western, 61-60, in the Fuel Fund Classic on Wednesday. A day earlier, Hammond had routed Atholton, 77-45. Friday, the Golden Bears defeated Glenelg, 60-40. Next game: Today at Howard.

2 Western (16-2, 190) -- Last week's ranking: 1. The Doves, who had been ranked No. 1 all season, cruised to an 80-20 win over Walbrook on Monday. Wednesday, Western lost to Hammond, 61-60, in the Fuel Fund Classic. Next game: Today at No. 5 Lake Clifton.

3 St. Mary's (20-2, 179) -- Last week's ranking: 3. The Saints routed John Carroll, 80-40, on Tuesday. Wednesday, Kristin Miller was 9-for-9 from the foul line in the second half to lift St. Mary's to a 46-42 victory over No. 6 Mount Hebron in the Fuel Fund Classic. Friday, Miller scored 25 in the Saints' 68-62 win over No. 4 St. Frances. Sunday, the Saints clinched the Catholic League title with a 70-49 victory over No. 13 Seton Keough. Next game: Today vs. Mercy.

4 St. Frances (19-3, 163) -- Last week's ranking: 4. The Panthers rallied from a one-point deficit to defeat the Institute of Notre Dame, 50-39, on Tuesday. Wednesday, St. Frances outscored Mount de Sales 22-4 in the third quarter en route to a 68-42 victory. Friday, the Panthers lost to No. 3 St. Mary's for the second time this season, 68-62. Kristi and Kortni Webb combined for 43 points in Saturday's 63-26 rout of St. Elizabeth of Delaware. Next game: Tomorrow at Mercy.

5 Lake Clifton (13-1, 159) -- Last week's ranking: 5. Lashina Gross scored a combined 41 as the Lakers breezed to a 101-4 victory over Southern-B on Monday and an 80-25 win over Southwestern on Wednesday. Next game: Today vs. No. 2 Western.

6 Mount Hebron (12-6, 143) -- Last week's ranking: 6. Emily Yanero scored a combined 52 points as the Vikings defeated Oakland Mills, 49-31, on Tuesday; lost to No. 3 St. Mary's, 46-42, on Wednesday; and beat Atholton, 74-29, on Friday. Next game: Today at Centennial.

7 Randallstown (17-1, 133) -- Last week's ranking: 7. Nyota Mitchell scored a combined 83 points as the Rams defeated Perry Hall, 76-29, on Monday; Dulaney, 70-65, on Thursday; and Dundalk, 70-27, on Friday. Next game: Thursday vs. Lansdowne.

8 Towson (15-0, 130) -- Last week's ranking: 8. The Generals remained one of the area's two unbeaten teams after defeating Catonsville, 57-36, on Monday; Chesapeake-BC, 70-20, on Tuesday; and Pikesville, 71-23, on Thursday. Next game: Today

vs. Kenwood.

9 Fallston (16-0, 121) -- Last week's ranking: 9. The Cougars routed Havre de Grace, 82-28, on Tuesday. Wednesday, Fallston ended the game on an 11-4 run to defeat No. 20 Joppatowne, 51-44, and gain sole possession of first place in Harford County. Thursday, the Cougars rallied from a 15-2 deficit after the first quarter to edge North Harford, 46-44, in overtime. Next game: Tomorrow at No. 20 Joppatowne.

10 Old Mill (16-3, 118) -- Last week's ranking: 10. The Patriots edged Broadneck, 47-45, on Tuesday and defeated Southern-AA, 57-47, on Wednesday. Friday, Old Mill rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat No. 11 Severna Park, 56-48. Next game: Today vs. No. 17 Arundel.

11 Severna Park (16-2, 103) -- Last week's ranking: 11. The Falcons extended their winning streak to 11 after defeating No. 17 Arundel, 64-57, on Tuesday and Meade, 58-40, on Wednesday. The streak ended with a 56-48 loss to No. 10 Old Mill on Friday. Next game: Today at Glen Burnie.

12 McDonogh (18-3, 85) -- Last week's ranking: 13. The Eagles won the Association of Independent Schools A Division Tournament by defeating Park, 63-40, on Monday; Severn, 62-52, on Wednesday; and Roland Park, 49-34, on Thursday. Next game: Season over.

13 Seton Keough (15-6, 80) -- Last week's ranking: 12. Freshman Charity Carbine scored 16 in the Gators' 63-49 victory over Mount de Sales on Monday. Wednesday, Seton Keough defeated Archbishop Spalding, 52-31. Sunday, the Gators' eight-game winning streak ended with a 70-49 loss to No. 3 St. Mary's. Next game: Today at IND.

14 Poly (17-2, 70) -- Last week's ranking: 14. The Engineers extended their winning streak to 16 after defeating Northern, 93-3, on Wednesday; Douglass, 66-14, on Thursday; and TTC Northwestern, 43-31, on Friday. Next game: Tomorrow vs. Woodlawn.

15 South Carroll (12-5, 61) -- Last week's ranking: 15. Eleven players scored in Tuesday's 52-25 victory over Liberty. Friday, Amber Clutter scored 18 as the Cavaliers defeated North Carroll, 57-37. Next game: Tomorrow at No. 19 Westminster.

Annapolis (13-6, 46) -- Last week's ranking: 16. Shannon Henderson scored 39 to lead the Panthers to a 79-54 win over Northeast on Tuesday. Wednesday, Annapolis defeated Chesapeake-AA, 53-35, before routing Meade, 83-30, on Friday. Next game: Today at North County.

17 Arundel (15-4, 41) -- Last week's ranking: 17. After losing to No. 11 Severna Park, 64-57, on Tuesday, the Wildcats defeated North County, 54-43, on Thursday and Glen Burnie, 58-32, on Friday. Next game: Today at No. 10 Old Mill.

18 Glenelg (14-5, 33) -- Last week's ranking: 19. The Gladiators defeated Howard, 45-36, on Tuesday and Wilde Lake, 62-40, on Wednesday. Friday, Glenelg dropped a 60-40 decision to No. 1 )) Hammond. Next game: Today vs. Oakland Mills.

19 Westminster (12-5, 19) -- Last week's ranking: 18. The Owls defeated North Carroll, 51-44, on Tuesday; lost to Montgomery Blair, 44-33, on Thursday; and beat Liberty, 45-32, on Friday. Next game: Tomorrow vs. No. 15 South Carroll.

Joppatowne (14-2, 13) -- Last week's ranking: Unranked. The Mariners debut in the Top 20 after routing C. Milton Wright, 71-39, on Tuesday; losing to No. 9 Fallston, 51-44, on Wednesday; and defeating Havre de Grace, 70-36, on Thursday. Next game: Today at Edgewood.

Note: Records are through Sunday's games.

Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: Woodlawn (14-4, 4), Chesapeake-AA (12-6, 3), North Harford (11-5, 3), Mount de Sales (12-6, 2), Dulaney (9-4, 1).

Poll members: Dave Greenberg (Mount Hebron); Greg Knill (North Carroll); Gloria Leidlich (C. Milton Wright); Mary Ella Marion (Mercy); Dennis Quinby (Catonsville); Mark Sawyer (Poly); Bruce Springer (Broadneck); Katherine Dunn (The Baltimore Sun); Kevin Eck (The Baltimore Sun); Roch Eric Kubatko (The Baltimore Sun).

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