Comets, Lady Spartans rise with state wins

Comets, Lady Spartans rise with state wins

The Crestwood boys and Wyoming Valley West each fell short of District 2 Class 5A titles with championship game losses, but they bounced back with first-round state tournament wins to improve their status in the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

Crestwood moved up to fourth in the Big School Boys rankings while Wyoming Valley West rejoined the Big School Girls rankings in sixth place.

District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional girls champion Hazleton Area also used a state tournament win to improve in the rankings.

The top-ranked Big School girls team, Scranton Prep, was upset by Eastern Lebanon County, but maintained the number-one ranking it has held all season.

The Classics finished 24-2, with four fewer losses than any other Big School Girls team. They went unbeaten in the Lackawanna League while winning the Division 1 title and also won the District 2 Class 5A championship with one of their two wins over second-ranked Lake-Lehman.

Abington Heights in Big School Boys, Wyoming Seminary in Small School Boys and Dunmore in Small Girls all advanced to protect No. 1 rankings.

The No. 2 teams also remained the same even though one of those also had its season end.

Holy Redeemer, which went unbeaten in the Wyoming Valley Conference while winning Division 2 and overall titles, lost to Loyalsock Township in the Class 3A girls state tournament. The Lady Royals finished 23-5.

The highest-ranked newcomer is Hazleton Area, which beat Central Bucks West at the buzzer in Class 6A girls, and took the third spot away from Abington Heights.

The Lady Cougars and Lady Comets, who were eliminated by Mechanicsburg in Class 5A, traded spots. Abington Heights is now fourth.

Nanticoke held fifth, followed by Wyoming Valley West, which beat Bangor, 49-48, in Class 5A.

Small School Girls remained the same with Dunmore and Holy Redeemer followed by Riverside, Holy Cross, Old Forge and Susquehanna. Holy Cross and Old Forge, in Class 2A, and Susquehanna, in Class A, all advanced with wins by double-figures margins.

The Small School Boys also remained the same.

Wyoming Seminary is followed by Holy Redeemer, Holy Cross, Mid Valley, Lakeland and Northwest.

After Northwest fell in overtime to a once-beaten Millville team, only the top three are still active in the state playoffs.

Crestwood slipped past Hazleton Area into fourth after its first-round win. Hazleton Area was eliminated by Methacton.

Sixth-place Wallenpaupack was eliminated in Class 5A boys.

Berwick, which had its season end in the District 2 Class 4A girls tournament, fell from the rankings.

NEPABasketball.com will continue to produce the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings through the end of the state tournament.

 

2018-19 ASTRA WEALTH ADVISORS POWER RANKINGS

(With Record, Last Week’s Rankings)

BOYS BIG SCHOOL

GIRLS BIG SCHOOL

1. Abington Heights (24-2, 1)

1. Scranton Prep (24-2, 1)

2. Scranton Prep (23-3, 2)

2. Lake-Lehman (20-6, 2)

3. Nanticoke (22-7, 3)

3. Hazleton Area (21-6, 4)

4. Crestwood (21-7, 5)

4. Abington Heights (19-6, 3)

5. Hazleton Area (18-8, 4)

5. Nanticoke (20-6, 5)

6. Wallenpaupack (18-8, 6)

6. Wyoming Valley West (17-9, NR)

BOYS SMALL SCHOOL

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOL

1. Wyoming Seminary (26-2, 1)

1. Dunmore (26-0, 1)

2. Holy Redeemer (21-4, 2)

2. Holy Redeemer (23-5, 2)

3. Holy Cross (21-5, 3)

3. Riverside (19-5, 3)

4. Mid Valley (19-5, 4)

4. Holy Cross (18-8, 4)

5. Lakeland (15-9, 5)

5. Old Forge (19-6, 5)

6. Northwest (15-11, 6)

6. Susquehanna (20-6, 6)