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Classen SAS soars into the playoffs and up our latest basketball rankings

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Rare is it that Classen SAS is tested during the regular season.

Entering last Thursday, the team out of Oklahoma City had won all but one of their games in 2021-22 — they fell to Etiwanda (Calif.), 53-51, on Dec. 22 — and appeared ready to head into the postseason on a high note. That is, so long as they could get past Edmond North, which entered Thursday’s showdown with a 21-0 record.

In the end, Baylor commit Darianna Littlepage-Buggs and Classen SAS overcame a double-digit deficit to claim the 58-56 victory. The statement win helped the Comets bump up to No. 6 in this week’s rankings. Sidwell Friends remains at No. 1 after another high-profile victory.

1. Sidwell Friends (D.C.), 22-0

The Quakers capped a three-win week with a decisive 73-58 win over then-undefeated St. John Vianney to close out the regular season.

2. Hopkins (Minn.), 18-1

The Royals play their final regular season game Friday evening against Buffalo.

3. DeSoto (Tex.), 29-2

The Eagles advanced to the state quarterfinals with a 63-28 win over Lake Ridge.

4. Etiwanda (Calif.), 26-0

The Eagles edged Mater Dei, 64-53, to earn a spot in the Open Division championship game.

5. La Jolla Country Day (Calif.), 23-2

The Torreys challenge Mission Hills on Saturday in the San Diego Section championship.

6. Classen SAS (Okla.), 18-1

Darianna Littlepage-Buggs scored a game-high 21 points in the Comets’ win over Edmond North.

7. St. John Vianney (N.J.), 23-1

Madison St. Rose scored 28 points, but the Lancers fell to Sidwell Friends, suffering their first loss in more than two years.

8. Sierra Canyon (Calif.), 26-1

The Trailblazers beat Centennial by 27 points to earn a date with Etiwanda in the championship.

9. New Hope (Md.), 24-2

New Hope enters the National Association of Christian Athletes National Championship having beaten their previous two opponents by 55 and 72 points.

10. Conway (Ark.). 26-1

The Wampus Cats pushed their winning streak to 12 games with a 61-46 win over Northside.

11. Montverde (Fla.), 18-3

The Eagles, with no other games scheduled, are hopeful they’ll receive a bid to the GEICO National Championships.

12. Cedar Park (Tex.), 33-0

The Timberwolves are one win away from a spot in the 5A state semifinals.

13. Incarnate Word (Mo.), 23-0

The Red Knights ended the regular season undefeated.

14. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 21-4

The Highlanders edged Palm Bay, 56-51, to advance to the 4A state semifinals.

15. Fremont (Utah), 21-2

After a first-round bye, the Silverwolves play Corner Canyon on Thursday in a 6A second-round matchup.

16. Hazel Green (Ala.), 31-0

The Trojans defeated Mortimer Jordan, 48-38, in a defensive battle in the third round of the 6A playoffs.

17. Johnston (Iowa), 23-0

The Dragons clinched the 5A Region 1 championship with a 60-46 win over Des Moines North.

18. Woodward Academy (Ga.), 24-2

The War Eagles kicked off the AAAAA playoffs with a 42-point trouncing of lowly Coffee.

19. Bishop McNamara (Md.), 19-4

The Mustangs comfortably won six conference games over the past nine days.

20. DME (Fla.), 21-3

DME is hanging tight for a potential GEICO nationals bid.

21. Franklin Community (Ind.), 28-1

The Grizzly Cubs snuck past Mooresville, 49-46, to advance to the 4A state title game, where they will play Noblesville.

22. IMG (Fla.), 11-4

The Ascenders’ weekend clash against Hopkins was canceled due to weather.

23. Noblesville (Ind.), 24-4

The Millers advanced to the state finals for the first time in 32 years.

24. South Bend Washington (Ind.), 26-3

The Panthers play Silver Creek in the 3A state championship game on Saturday.

25. Rock Bridge (22-1)

The Bruins rolled to three straight wins by at least 24 points before squeaking by Helias, 57-42.

Josh Needelman is the High School Sports Editor at Just Women’s Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JoshNeedelman.