Top East Bay teams

When NorCalPreps.com released its girls basketball rankings for this week, it wasn’t surprising to see how Pinole Valley had risen to No. 2 in Northern California.
The Spartans big three of Jalessa Ross, Marnique Arnold and DeNesha Stallworth boast a nice blend of talent, experience and basketball IQ and are too much for teams to handle. The supporting cast of Mishan Schexnayder, Lauryn Newson and Shawntrelle Butler provide nice balance.
Despite a rash of injuries, Deer Valley made its way into the rankings at No. 17. Junior center Ashley Ellis has admirably carried the load for the Wolverines after UNLV-bound Erica Helms went down with an injury.
St. Patricks-St. Vincent jumped up three spots from No. 7 to No. 4 after losing to Pinole Valley by only 10 points at the West Coast Jamboree and blowing out Carondelet 72-55 in the third place game.
Other teams ranked were Berkeley, Northgate and Monte Vista. The Mustangs recently took home the Newark Lady Classic with strong performances by Niveen Rahseed, Stephaine Cornell and Kerry Beeman. The Broncos dominated the Pearl Division at the West Coast Jamboree.
Hercules, which is off to its best start in school history, and St. Mary’s were on the bubble. Miramonte, who had been in the rankings since the preseason, dropped out this week.