Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) took over the No. 1 spot in the Super 25 girls basketball rankings. Led by Georgia Tech signee Ciani Cryor, who has more than 1,000 points in her career, the 11-0 Saints moved up from No. 2 after the original No. 1, Salesian College Prep (Richmond, Calif.), dropped out after losses to two unranked teams.
Neumann-Goretti has a tough stretch coming up that includes games with the highest-ranked new team in the Super 25, No. 8 Cardinal O’Hara (Springfield, Pa.) as well as games at Archbishop Carroll (Wayne) and Archbishop Wood (Warminster).
Besides O’Hara, there are 11 other new teams after all the holiday tournament shakeups: No. 13 Horn Lake, Miss.; No. 14 Marian (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.); No. 15 Mason, Ohio; No. 16 Cypress-Woods (Cypress, Texas); No. 18 Central Dauphin East (Harrisburg); No. 19 St.Ignatius (San Francisco); No. 20 Haslett, Mich.; No. 22 Osborne (Marietta, Ga.); No. 23 Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa); No. 24 Lawrence North (Indianapolis); and No. 25 Gadsden City (Gadsden, Ala.).
Of the teams already in the rankings, the team with the biggest rise was Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), which climbed from No. 17 to No. 2 after going 4-0 at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, including a 53-44 defeat of then-No. 8 Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) as Connecticut signee Katie Lou Samuelson had 36 points.