Comets, Lady Bucks on top of final rankings, not done yet

Comets, Lady Bucks on top of final rankings, not done yet

As the last boys and girls teams from District 2 still playing basketball, nothing is going to knock the Abington Heights Comets or Dunmore Lady Bucks from their perches on top of the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings.

With one week of state play remaining, NEPABasketball.com has released the final rankings of the season.

The four teams that started No. 1 – Abington Heights and Wyoming Seminary boys; Scranton Prep and Dunmore girls – all finished there.

The two girls teams – Scranton Prep in Big Schools and Dunmore in Small Schools – all held the number-one spot through 16 weekly rankings this season.

Abington Heights, in Big Schools, and Wyoming Seminary, in Small Schools, were the top-ranked teams for the majority of the season.

There was just one move in each of the four sets of rankings as the rest of the District 2 teams finished their seasons.

The Holy Cross boys and Old Forge girls each climbed a spot after strong postseason performances that ended in the state quarterfinals.

The Hazleton Area boys and Berwick girls also gained ground as the final rankings were settled.

Abington Heights continues its pursuit of a second straight state Class 5A boys title Monday night in the semifinals against Archbishop Wood from Philadelphia. The Comets (26-2) are the Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2 Class 5A champions.

Class 4A district finalists Scranton Prep and Nanticoke remained second and third.

The district champion Cavaliers (24-4) reached the state quarterfinals. The Trojans advanced to the second round.

Hazleton Area, the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 and District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional champion, moves up one spot to fourth.

Crestwood, the team the Cougars beat in a playoff for the Division 1 title, slips back to fifth after being knocked out in the second round of the state Class 5A tournament. The Comets were also district runner-up.

Wallenpaupack, the Lackawanna League Division 2 champion, remains sixth. The Buckhorns qualified for the state tournament as District 2’s third-place finisher.

Wyoming Seminary finished 26-3 after losing in the closing seconds of the second round of the state Class 3A tournament to defending champion Neumann-Goretti. The Blue Knights were champions of WVC Division 3, WVC overall and District 2 Class 3A.

Holy Cross moves into second place after the Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 2A champions advanced to the state quarterfinals before falling to defending champion Constitution from Philadelphia.

Mid Valley, Lakeland and Northwest remained fourth through sixth.

Northwest qualified for the state tournament as District 2’s second-place finisher in Class 2A.

Scranton Prep (25-2) was the top-ranked Big School Girls team. The Classics won Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2 Class 4A titles, but lost in the first round of the state tournament.

Lake-Lehman, which lost to the Classics in the district final, reached the second round of the state tournament in Class 4A before having its season ended Wednesday.

Hazleton Area was knocked out in the second round of the state Class 6A tournament. The Lady Cougars are champions of WVC Division 1 and District 2-4 Class 6A.

Abington Heights and Nanticoke had finished the season earlier and remained fourth and fifth. Abington Heights was the District 2 Class 5A champion and Nanticoke also reached the state tournament.

Berwick returned to the rankings after Wyoming Valley West dropped out when it had its season end in the second round of the state Class 5A tournament.

Dunmore remained unbeaten by avenging its last two season-ending losses by beating Saint Basil Academy and Neumann-Goretti. The Lady Bucks take a 28-0 record into Monday’s state semifinal against Trinity. They have already won Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A titles.

Holy Redeemer and Riverside, which had already finished their seasons, remained second and third. Holy Redeemer was the WVC Division 2 and overall champion.

Old Forge moved back into fourth by reaching the quarterfinals of the state Class 2A tournament. District champion Holy Cross dropped to fifth after being eliminated in the second round.

Susquehanna made it to the state quarterfinals in Class A and held sixth.

 

FINAL 2018-19 ASTRA WEALTH ADVISORS POWER RANKINGS

(With Record, Last Week’s Rankings)

BOYS BIG SCHOOL

GIRLS BIG SCHOOL

1. Abington Heights (26-2, 1)

1. Scranton Prep (24-2, 1)

2. Scranton Prep (24-4, 2)

2. Lake-Lehman (20-7, 2)

3. Nanticoke (22-8, 3)

3. Hazleton Area (21-7, 3)

4. Hazleton Area (18-8, 5)

4. Abington Heights (19-6, 4)

5. Crestwood (21-8, 4)

5. Nanticoke (20-6, 5)

6. Wallenpaupack (18-8, 6)

6. Berwick (19-7, NR)

BOYS SMALL SCHOOL

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOL

1. Wyoming Seminary (26-3, 1)

1. Dunmore (28-0, 1)

2. Holy Cross (22-6, 3)

2. Holy Redeemer (23-5, 2)

3. Holy Redeemer (20-6, 2)

3. Riverside (19-5, 3)

4. Mid Valley (19-5, 4)

4. Old Forge (20-7, 5)

5. Lakeland (15-9, 5)

5. Holy Cross (18-9, 4)

6. Northwest (15-11, 6)

6. Susquehanna (21-7, 6)