As we cruise into the second half of the regular season, several Genesee Region teams are gaining some true identities and the upper echelon will begin jockeying for sectional positioning soon.
Here is the second edition of the Genesee Region League Girls Basketball Power Rankings for the 2018-19 season. As always, these rankings are objective and are meant to start conversation.
1. ELBA (12-0, W12, —)
Even after losing their lone senior in Madison Howard to an injury, the Lancers train continues to roll on. The No. 1 Class D team in the state coasted past Alexander on Tuesday night with its up-tempo, attacking style and this ‘young’ group that started four sophomores and a junior against the Trojans will only get better. Before that, Elba snuck by Class B Attica and cruised against a solid O-A team.
2. NOTRE DAME (10-2, W4, +1)
Since losing in the opening round of the Rotary Tournament (without senior forward Stevie Wilcox), the Fighting Irish have put together four wins, including solid victories against O-A and Pembroke. With Wilcox back and the emergence of cousin Amelia, Callie McCulley is now getting some help and it has showed as the offense has become more balanced. Meanwhile, the defense has allowed just over 30 points per game in the four wins.
3. OAK-ALABAMA (9-3, L2, -1)
You can’t exactly blame the Hornets for their last two losses as they were leading Notre Dame for much of the first three quarters and saw Elba pull away after halftime. Plus, they remain here because of their win over Pembroke earlier in the season. The issue for O-A is that leading scorer Brianna Smith was held to a total of 12 points against the Irish and Lancers, leaving much of the slack to get picked up by players still gaining varsity experience.
4. PEMBROKE (9-3, W1, —)
First off, kudos to the Dragons with their efforts with Shooting for a Cure! Pembroke took a loss to Notre Dame that night but rebounded with a rout of Kendall on Tuesday. The uncertainty still lies with Pembroke as only one of its wins have come against a team with a winning record (Chautaugua, 8-5), with a solid win also against Attica. But both came early in the year. The Dragons’ only ‘bad’ loss also came early, against Alexander.
5. WHEATLAND-CHILI (7-4, W2, +1)
The Wildcats fell to Attica in early January but have still won seven of their last eight games since starting at 0-3 with strong wins over O-A and York included. W-C took care of business last week with wins over Alexander and CG Finney but will be tested tonight at Pembroke. Balance remains the key for this small roster but they keep getting it done.
6. ATTICA (5-5, L2, -1)
The enigma that is the Blue Devils continues as they keep trending up and down. Wins over Letchworth and W-C had Attica at 5-3 but a one-point loss to Class D (but impressive) Elba was followed with a loss to undefeated Dansville on Tuesday in which the Blue Devils surrendered 31 points in the first quarter. That’s not a good sign since the Mustangs are at the top of Class B2. Taylor Gadd continues to dominate, including a 17-17 double-double against Elba.
7. BYRON-BERGEN (5-8, W3, +1)
Break up the Bees. Following a tough start, Byron-Bergen has won three in a row behind the play of Julianna Amesbury and Kelsey Fuller. In wins last week — including a quality victory over East Rochester — Amesbury averaged 25 points, eight boards and five assists, while Fuller added 18 points, six boards and four assists. The Bees took care of Lyndonville on Tuesday but will be at Elba tonight.
8. ALEXANDER (5-7, L1, -1)
The Trojans had a chance to make a statement on Tuesday at Elba but after leading early they fell victim to the Lancers machine, trailing by 30 at the half. Alexander hung with W-C last week and beat Lyndonville by 23 but its lone strong win remains a victory over Pembroke in mid-December. Senior Haley Alvord (10 points, 10 rebounds vs. Elba) remains the Trojans’ top offensive threat but she needs consistent help.
9. HOLLEY (4-7, L1, —)
Give some credit to the Hawks. They picked up wins over Barker and Kendall and kept it close against Notre Dame on Tuesday, only falling by 15. However, the next three games are home contests with Attica and W-C before a road match up with Pembroke.
10. KENDALL (3-10, L1, —)
The Eagles had wins over one-win Rochester Prep and three-win Lyndonville over the last two weeks, but a win is a win and they’ll take it. They likely should have beaten Holley as they held the Hawks to just 25 points but were stymied by Pembroke on Tuesday night. It’s not getting easier — Attica, Notre Dame, W-C are the next three.
11. LYNDONVILLE (3-10, L9, —)
After a good start, the Tigers have fallen on hard times, losing by an average of 30 points over their last nine. But they hung with B-B through the first half on Tuesday and have gotten solid nights from Alecia Hinkson. Tough sledding ahead though, with the next four games against O-A, Attica, W-C and Elba.
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