Power Rankings for prep basketball

There’s a new No. 1 in the girls basketball power rankings.

Soquel High takes over the top spot after Santa Cruz [previously No. 3] defeated Scotts Valley [previously No. 1] during last week’s SCCAL opener. The victory by the Cardinals moved them up to No. 2, while Soquel jumped up a spot to No. 1.

Although Scotts Valley dropped to No. 3, expect these three teams to be jockeying for supremacy for the remainder of the season.

Boys
1. Soquel [Last week: 1]: The Knights did nothing to fall from No. 1; they went 3-0 with wins over Harbor, SLV and St. Francis.
2. Santa Cruz [Last week: 2]: The Cardinals went 2-0 last week and scored a sizable 21-point victory over Aptos.
3. Watsonville [Last week: 4]: The Wildcatz moved up one spot after opening with two impressive road victories at MVC and Christopher.
4. Aptos [Last week: 3]: The Mariners’ drop from No. 3 to No. 4 is not entirely based on what they did — Aptos split its contests with Santa Cruz and Harbor — but more about what Watsonville did.
5. St. Francis [Last week: 6]: The Sharks beat SLV, which was expected, and lost by just seven points to top-ranked Soquel.
6. Monte Vista Christian [Last week: 5]: The Mustangs dropped one spot after falling at home to Watsonville in the league opener.
7. Scotts Valley [Last week: 7]: The Falcons remain at No. 7, but they had a solid week after picking up wins over Harbor and SLV.
8. Pacific Collegiate [Last week: 9]: The Pumas upended previously undefeated Trinity Christian by 20 points on Tuesday night.
9. Harbor [Last week: 10]: The Pirates went 0-3 last week, although they nearly defeated Scotts Valley for their first league win.
10. San Lorenzo Valley [Last week: 8]: The Cougars had a difficult time against St. Francis, Soquel and Scotts Valley last week.
11. Pajaro Valley [Last week: 11]: The Grizzlies are in search of their first win after losses to North Monterey County and MVC.
12. Kirby Prep [Last week: 12]: The Griffins remain in search of their first league win after falling to York and Anzar recently.

Girls
1. Soquel [Last week: 2]:
The Knights moved into the top spot following wins over Harbor, SLV and St. Francis, and Scotts Valley’s loss.
2. Santa Cruz [Last week: 3]: The Cardinals moved up a spot after toppling Scotts Valley and defeating Aptos.
3. Scotts Valley [Last week: 1]: After the Falcons lost their league opener to Santa Cruz, they bounced back with emphatic victories against Harbor, SLV.
4. St. Francis [Last week: 4]: The Sharks remain at No. 4 after spitting contests with SLV, Soquel.
5. Pacific Collegiate [Last week: 5]: The Pumas appear on their way to another league title; they defeated Oakwood, York by a combined 161-27.
6. Aptos [Last week: 9]: The Mariners jumped from No. 9 to the No. 6 spot after defeating Harbor by one point.
7. Monte Vista Christian [Last week: 7]: After losing to Seaside, the Mustangs bounced back to defeat P.V.
8. Harbor [Last week: 6]: The Pirates dropped to 0-3 in league play last week with losses to Soquel, Scotts Valley and Aptos.
9. Watsonville [Last week: 8]: The Wildcatz were unable to end their losing streak following a 60-50 defeat to North Monterey County.
10. Pajaro Valley [Last week: 10]: The Grizzlies lost a pair last week and are off to a slow start in league action.
11. Kirby Prep [Last week: 11]: The Griffins are young and are in search of their first league victory.
12. San Lorenzo Valley [Last week: 12]: The Cougars are still searching for their first win.

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