Having released our Genesee Region League Boys Basketball Power Rankings earlier in the week, it is time to go with the Girls Basketball Power Rankings for the GR as we break into the new year.
As always, these rankings are objective and are meant to start conversation.
1. Elba (9-0)
Tom Redband’s team is clearly at the top of Class D2 again this season and the Lancers are again doing it with just one senior. Elba is winning its games by an average of 36.5 points per game heading into Thursday night with the closest being a 13-point win at Notre Dame and it truly hasn’t felt the loss of Emily Reynolds yet. It looks like a game at O-A in a week and a regular season finale vs. Notre Dame are all that could stand in the way of a perfect campaign.
2. Oakfield-Alabama (9-1)
The Hornets have five players averaging at least 6.5 points per game, led by Brianna Smith (17.4, 10 rpg.) and Danica Porter (10.6 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 4.6 apg.) with their only slip-up a five-point loss to W-C at the Cal-Mum Tournament. O-A lost a number of key seniors to graduation from last year and still have big games with Notre Dame and Elba looming but it is off to an impressive start.
3. Notre Dame (6-2)
The Fighting Irish are coming off of a loss to Wellsville in the Rotary Tournament in which they played without second-leading scorer Stevie Wilcox with their only other loss coming to Elba early in the season. Regardless of which class it is in, Notre Dame is a relatively inexperienced group with two new starters and a young bench; however, the Fighting Irish do have the best player in the league in Callie McCulley (24 ppg., 11.4 rpg., 3.5 bpg., 3 apg.).
4. Pembroke (8-2)
The scrappy Dragons aren’t blowing anyone out but their only losses are to once-beaten O-A and a game they would like back at home against Alexander. Much like the aforementioned Hornets, Pembroke gets it done with balance with five players — Dekari Moss (14.9 ppg.), Emily Peters (8.7 ppg.), Serene Calderon (7.2 ppg.), Mackenna Johnson (6 ppg.) and Casey Wurtz (6 ppg.) all averaging at least six points a night. Pembroke was also giving up just over 32 points per game in its wins heading into Thursday night.
5. Attica (3-3)
The Blue Devils haven’t had the start they were hoping for, especially coming off of a 23-point loss to O-A but the other two setbacks came against Pembroke and by just two points to an impressive Wellsville team. Attica also boasts one of the more dominant players in the league in senior forward Taylor Gadd (15.2 ppg., 14 rpg.). Tough games with Wheatland-Chili, Elba, Dansville and Notre Dame all loom in the next two weeks.
6. Wheatland-Chili (5-3)
After a slow, 0-3 start, the Wildcats have turned it on over the last two weeks after losses to Elba and Notre Dame. Heading into Thursday night, W-C was coming off of solid wins over O-A and York. Guards Jenna LaMere (13.4 ppg.), Niyah Rosado (9 ppg.) and Lindsey Clar (8.7) are going to guide this team on both ends of the floor but the roster is small — only six players — so we’ll see where they are after a tough stretch coming up.
7. Alexander (4-5)
The Trojans have come back to earth after a strong start having lost three of their last four games but will be coming off of a long holiday break off of a win against AA Wilson in late December. There are no truly bad losses on the resume (maybe a 54-45 setback to B-B) but a home game with Wheatland-Chili and road games at Lyndonville, Elba and Notre Dame are staring at Alexander in the next two weeks.
8. Byron-Bergen (2-7)
The Bees started the season with a small roster and four straight losses, though they have really been on the wrong end of a lopsided game twice this season for head coach Rick Krzewinski. The defense seems to be there and B-B has a couple of solid scorers in Kelsey Fuller (12.5 ppg.) and Julianna Amesbury (11.9 ppg.), the Bees just have to put it all together to get back to .500.
9. Holley (2-5)
The Hawks beat Kendall and Lyndonville to start the season but have now lost five straight following Thursday night’s loss against Elba. Olivia Radford and Madison Marsh are both off to strong starts for Holley, averaging 12 and 11.7 points per game, respectively.
10. Lyndonville (3-6)
The Tigers started strong at 3-1 but have succumbed to tougher competition in the last five games in blowout losses to Akron, Albion, Elba, Wheatland-Chili and Notre Dame. Lyndonville will see all of those five again this year except Akron, to go along with games against O-A, Attica and C.G. Finney.
11. Kendall (1-7)
The Eagles have struggled offensively all season, averaging just 27.1 points per game with their only win coming against Barker on December 1. Kendall doesn’t have a player averaging over seven points per game and is led by guard Brittany Marks (6.6 ppg.).
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