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St. Frances continues to rise in national girls basketball polls

St. Frances' Nia Clouden and Mia Davis talk about their overtime win over National Christian Academy. (Katherine Dunn/Baltimore Sun video)

The top-ranked St. Frances girls basketball team continued its steady rise in the national polls this week after finishing the regular season 25-0.

The Panthers moved up to No. 13 in USA Today's Super 25 and No. 12  in MaxPreps' Xcellent 25. Both are writer polls, and the Panthers fare a little better in the computer polls, which are designed to be more objective but don't always measure intangibles.

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In the computer rankings, the Panthers come it at No. 6 in MaxPreps and No. 11 in USA Today.

St. Frances, coming off a 75-74 win over National Christian Academy on Nia Clouden's buzzer-beater Saturday, opens defense of its Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference tournament championship Thursday, hosting Seton Keough at 5:30 p.m.

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No. 2 McDonogh (23-2) hasn't cracked the Top 25 in either national writers' poll, but the Eagles are No. 14 in the MaxPreps' Computer Rankings and No. 31 in USA Today's. Both of McDonogh's losses have come against St. Frances.

The Eagles are aiming for a sixth straight trip to the IAAM A Conference championship game when they host No. 4 Roland Park in Thursday's semifinal at 4 p.m.

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