St. Mary’s of Stockton, the No. 1-ranked girls basketball team in the country will be in the East Bay tonight, taking on Berkeley at the Campolindo Shootout in Moraga. Tip off is set for 6:30 p.m.
The Rams have quite possibly the most talented backcourt in the nation with Duke-bound Chelsea Gray and Cal-bound Afure Jemerigbe. Gray is rated as the nation’s No. 4 prospect (and No. 2 guard) for the class of 2010, while Jemerigbe is No. 15 overall, according to Hoopgurlz.
But Berkeley comes into the game with some good momentum following a 56-49 victory over Carondelet at the MLK Classic on Monday. Brittany Boyd had a big day for the Yellowjackets in that one, and the junior point guard will be relied upon again tonight if Berkeley has any hope of breaking the Rams’ famed full-court press.
St. Mary’s (18-1) began the season as the nation’s top-ranked team by ESPN Rise and USA Today, but dropped a few spots after falling to Mater Dei 66-60 in the title game of the Nike Tournament of Champions back in mid-December. Mater Dei became the new No. 1 team in those polls, but just lost to Brea Olinda on MLK Day. Brea probably would have been the new No. 1 team, but they have a loss to St. Mary’s from the Nike TOC, complicating the polls greatly. So, St. Mary’s is once again the top-ranked team, and it’s hard to argue with that looking at what they’ve done lately. Part of the Rams’ 11-game winning streak includes a 42-point victory over Sacramento (which owns some very impressive wins itself) and a 24-point win over Archbishop Mitty. Last Saturday St. Mary’s put up 104 points on Capital Christian.
Here’s the rest of the Campolindo Shootout schedule:
10:30 a.m.: Pinole Valley vs. Livermore
Noon: Castlemont vs. El Camino
1:30 p.m.: Northgate vs. Fairfield
3:30 p.m.: Campolindo vs. Lincoln-SF
5 p.m.: St. Mary’s (Berkeley) vs. Deer Valley
8 p.m.: Alameda vs. Dublin
Another girls game of interest tonight: Carondelet travels to Mitty at 7 p.m. for a rematch of last year’s NorCal semifinal, which the Cougars won 76-73.