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Sierra Canyon holds strong at No. 8 in girls’ basketball rankings

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Sierra Canyon, slotted No. 8 in the JWS’ national girls’ basketball rankings, are one of the top teams in Southern California this year. What makes the Trailblazers special, however, is that they are primed to compete into next season and beyond.

That’s because two of Sierra Canyon’s best players, guard Juju Watkins and forward Mackenly Randolph, will be with the team beyond the 2021-22 season. Watkins, a five-star recruit per ESPN, is a junior. And Randolph, a four-star recruit, is a sophomore.

No. 4 Etiwanda is undefeated and remains a level above the rest in the area, but Sierra Canyon, with its lone blemish this season coming in a two-point defeat to No. 6 La Jolla, might very well be the Southern California’s future.

After debuting our high school basketball rankings last week, we’re back with another weekly installment.

1. Sidwell Friends (D.C.), 16-0

The top-ranked Quakers hit the road Tuesday to challenge Georgetown Visitation, which it beat by 16 points earlier in the season.

2. Hopkins (Minn.), 16-1

The Royals extended their winning streak to four games with a 75-42 road win over Edina on Friday.

3. DeSoto (Tex.), 24-2

The Eagles clinched the District 11-6A title with a 59-32 win over Cedar Hill on the road.

4. Etiwanda (Calif.), 23-0

The Eagles wrapped up the regular season without a loss and clinched the No. 1 seed in the Open Division playoffs.

5. St. John Vianney (N.J.), 17-0

Behind 28 points from senior Madison St. Rose, the Lancers thrashed Saddle River Day 76-51 in a battle between the top two teams in the state.

6. La Jolla Country Day (Calif.), 20-2

The Torreys smashed Bishop’s 71-52 on Friday in the first game of a home-and-home series that’ll conclude the regular season.

7. Classen SAS (Okla.), 16-1

The Comets enter their final two games of the regular season as heavy favorites against inferior opponents.

8. Sierra Canyon (Calif.), 23-1

Led by junior guard Juju Watkins and sophomore forward Mackenly Randolph, the Trailblazers are prepared to compete now and into the future.

9. New Hope (Md.), 21-2

Following a 70-42 win over National Christian on Sunday, the Tigers face a trio of out-of-state opponents.

10. DME (Fla.), 20-2

Two games separate coach Wesley Arocho’s team from the postseason, where DME will look to contend for a championship.

11. Montverde (Fla.), 18-3

The Eagles finished their regular season on Jan. 29 and will be well-rested when the Florida regional playoffs kick off this week.

12. Conway (Ark.), 21-1

After a seven-day break, the Wampus Cats return to the court Tuesday to challenge conference rival Cabot.

13. Cedar Park (Tex.), 29-0

The Timberwolves kicked off the 5A playoffs with a 62-34 blowout win over Rouse.

14. Incarnate Word (Mo.), 19-0

The Red Knights beat their two weekend opponents by an average of 21 points.

15. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 19-4

In the 4A District 6 Championship game, the Highlanders shellacked Horizon, 89-18.

16. Fremont (Utah), 17-2

The Silverwolves remained hot with a 72-22 rout of Layton on Friday.

17. Hazel Green (Ala.), 27-0

The Trojans kick off the Class 6A Area 16 tournament on Monday against lowly Columbia.

18. Good Counsel (Md.)., 13-1

The Falcons carry a six-game winning streak into Monday’s matchup with St. Mary’s Ryken.

19. Rock Bridge (Mo.), 18-1

After a stunning 49-45 defeat at Webster Groves on Saturday, the Bruins rebounded the following day with a 59-46 win over Cardinal Ritter Prep.

20. Johnston (Iowa), 16-0

Led by 6-foot-1 forward Jada Gyamfi, an Iowa commit, the Dragons preserved their undefeated season with a 81-50 win over Waukee.

21. Woodward Academy (Ga.), 21-2

The War Eagles look to end the regular season on a high note Tuesday against Creekside.

22. Homestead (Ind.), 23-1

Wing Ayana Patterson scored 32 points to lead the Spartans to an 87-55 win over South Side and help the team claim the 4A Sectional championship.

23. Bishop McNamara (Md.), 11-4

The Mustangs picked up a much-needed statement win with a 64-57 overtime triumph over Paul IV on Saturday.

24. IMG (Fla.), 11-4

The Ascenders have two regular season games remaining, including a highly anticipated Feb. 18 bout against Hopkins.

25. Edison (Mich.), 12-2

A 75-68 defeat to local power Joliet West marked the Pioneers’ second loss of the season.

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