The “better late than never” version of the girls basketball Super 7, which originally appeared in the Dec. 26 edition of the Daily Times.
So to be fair, records reflect games as of Dec. 26. All games played on or after this date are not included.
1. Cardinal O’Hara (5-0)
The youngest team in Delco is also the most exciting. The Lions are efficient in so many areas, you forget they’re a team comprised of (mostly) underclassmen. They have six players who can dribble and drive, shoot anywhere on the floor, and play excellent defense. Seriously… it’s easy to fall in love with this team. Everything they do is by-the-book, and they’re a well-oiled machine. I can’t wait to see how the Lions match up against the Bonner-Prendies, Carrolls, Woods and Neumann-Gorettis of the Catholic League hierarchy.
Hannah Nihill, Mary Sheehan, Kenzie Gardler, Bridgette Hoy, Maura Hendrixson, Molly Paolino… get used to those names.
2. Garnet Valley (6-0)
Another sparkling week for the Jaguars, who did nothing wrong to be demoted from the top spot. They were No. 1 last week and I can see Maddie Ireland, Jordan Ireland, Macy Goldbach and Sam Tomasetti (and the rest) back in the top spot at some point … I just like O’Hara better for now.
3. Episcopal Academy (4-1)
Everything I said last week about the Churchwomen still applies. The early-season win over Archbishop Carroll holds a lot of weight.
4. Archbishop Carroll (4-4)
The Patriots have been hit or miss against tough out of state competition. Julia Gantz, Lexi Stover and Jess Carney (who hit six 3s in a game last week) will play big parts in determining Carroll’s fate this season.
5. Bonner-Prendergast (2-2)
Senior guard Amber Ballinger and senior forward Shalina Miller have been keeping the Pandas afloat without two-time All-Delco Alyssa Monaghan, who is sidelined until mid-January with injury.
6. Strath Haven (8-0)
The Panthers, one of two Central League newcomers to the Super 7, are off and running in December. Junior guard Katie Fisher is a 20-point threat most nights, and junior forward Rachel Vresilovic, who is an All-Delco volleyball player, provides the muscle.
7. Haverford (6-1)
The Fords haven’t lost since opening night. They don’t score a ton of points, but coach Bridget DiCave has them playing tremendous defense. Junior combo guard Mollie Reynolds and senior wing Rosie O’Halloran are making things work.
Honorable Mention/Under Consideration (by alphabetical order): Notre Dame, Penn Wood, Radnor.