SBLive’s California Girls Basketball Top 25: No. 1 Mater Dei still unbeaten; Harvard-Westlake up to No. 7 in statewide rankings

SBLive’s statewide California high school girls basketball rankings are compiled by reporter Lance Smith and are released weekly throughout the spring 2021 season. Here are the rankings for the week of May 31.


1. Mater Dei (15-0)

The Monarchs beat Etiwanda 64-56 to open Southern Section Open Division pool play.

2. Corona Centennial (20-0)

Centennial beat West by 32 for the second time this season, and next face Windward and Orangewood Academy in pool play.

3. Bonita Vista (22-3)

Bonita Vista finished the regular season with its only losses coming against Etiwanda, La Jolla Country Day, and Centennial.

4. Cathedral Catholic (16-3)

The Dons snagged the top seed in the San Diego Section playoffs.

5. La Jolla Country Day (15-3)

Like the other two San Diego behemoth’s in front of them, the Torreys finished the regular season with only three losses, and earned a top-three seed (No. 2) in the CIFSDS playoffs.

6. Clovis West (17-0)

The Golden Eagles punctuated an undefeated regular season with big wins against Buchanan and Clovis. It will be a major upset if anyone stops them from winning a Central Section title in the top division.

7. Harvard-Westlake (21-2)

H-W’s 80-54 victory over Lynwood to start the playoffs was a major statement win. The Wolverines haven’t lost since April 21.

8. St. Mary’s (Stockton) (8-1)

The Rams didn’t play last week.

9. Archbishop Mitty (11-1)

Mitty beat St. Ignatius by over 20 points for the third time this season on Wednesday to claim a West Catholic League title.

10. Windward (13-2)

Windward avenged an earlier loss to Orangewood Academy in the season by beating the Spartans by 15 in CIFSS Open Division pool play. The Wildcats will be major underdogs against Centennial, but it could end up as one of the games of the year.

11. Lynwood (16-2)

Lynwood’s nine-game win streak is over, but the Knights managed to beat the likes of Etiwanda, Sierra Canyon, and Bishop Montgomery all by double-digits throughout the month of May. They’re now in an unenviable position though: Harvard-Westlake just beat them by 26, and Mater Dei is on deck.

12. Pinewood (14-0)

The Panthers wrapped up an undefeated regular season by beating Lynbrook by 11 points.

13. Orangewood Academy (12-6)

Suddenly, the Spartans are on a “losing” streak, having lost to Cathedral Catholic and Windward consecutively. Their next matchup, Wednesday against West, should be a great game.

14. Etiwanda (15-3)

The Eagles played Mater Dei down to single digits to open the postseason.

15. Salesian (12-1)

SCP is arguably the top favorite to win the North Coast Section entering the last week of the regular season.

16. West (Torrance)

While the Warriors got blown out by Centennial for the second time in two weeks, they could still potentially finish with a great playoff showing, and their matchups against Orangewood and Windward will both feature some outstanding guard battles.

17. Long Beach Poly (11-2)

After a first-round bye, Poly made a statement with a 63-40 win against Peninsula in its playoff-opener.

18. Rosary Academy (13-4)

Kaylee Byon and co. put on a show in a 77-39 rout of Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) to open the CIFSS Division 1 playoffs.

MORE: 3 takeaways from Rosary’s victory over Los Altos

19. Roosevelt (13-2)

Staying in the theme of Southern Section Division 1 teams and statement victories, Roosevelt beat Flintridge Prep by 23 to close the regular season and St. Anthony by 18 to open the playoffs.

20. Sierra Canyon (19-4)

The young Trailblazers have already gone through a pair of legit Division 1 contenders in Long Beach Wilson and M.L. King. Up next is an underrated Esperanza team.

21. Mission Hills (20-5)

Mission Hills was awarded a well-earned fourth seed in the San Diego Section Open Division, and will be the favorite against Carlsbad in the first round.

22. Antelope (9-1)

The Titans finished the regular season with only one loss, coming 72-67 against Salesian.

23. Fairmont Prep (14-6)

FPA won a highlight-packed battle with Valley View 60-43 on Friday to open the playoffs.


24. St. Ignatius (12-4)

The Wildcats gotten beaten lopsidedly by Archbishop Mitty for the third time this season last week, but not before beating Valley Christian (San Jose) by double-digits.

25. Cajon (12-0)

Cajon’s round two playoff win, coming narrowly over Viewpoint, is already one of the biggest upsets we will see this postseason. That said, the Cowgirls were undefeated coming into the playoffs with nothing but blowout wins against teams with no chance, but now it’s clear that they’re the team to beat in CIFSS 2AA and arguably a top-25 team in the state.

Also in consideration:

Aliso Niguel, San Ramon Valley, Viewpoint, Camarillo, Esperanza, Serra (Gardena), Mount Miguel, Bishop’s, Mater Dei Catholic, San Joaquin Memorial, Caruthers, Carondelet, Bishop Montgomery

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