Please note that Thursday’s results are not reflected in this week’s Super 7. Wednesday’s games were snowed out, moving everything up a day.
There was some big battles on tap for Thursday, including Garnet Valley (14-1) at Haverford (11-3) and Radnor (11-4) at Strath Haven (12-3).
In the Catholic League on Friday, Bonner-Prendergast hosts the top team in the country, Neumann-Goretti, while Archbishop Carroll and Cardinal O’Hara meet in the first of the must-see Delco Catholic League games (Prendie-O’Hara and Prendie-Carroll, the others).
1. Cardinal O’Hara (12-1)
The Lions have had some down time, playing in just one game over the last week. At this point, every game is important in terms of Catholic League and PIAA tournament seeding. It will be interesting to see if the Lions can hold up against experienced teams like Wood, Archbishop Carroll and Bonner-Prendergast. They showed their inexperience in the second half against Neumann-Goretti, but they’ve had plenty of time to learn from their mistakes. For now, they’re still the top team in the county.
2. Archbishop Carroll (11-5)
Carroll’s game with Neumann-Goretti this week was overshadowed by a physical incident that resulted in the ejection of one N-G player. A Carroll player inadvertently threw the ball at an N-G player, who lost her temper and was thrown out of the game.
Long story short, the Patriots lost by nine points, ending a six-game winning streak. After a slow start, they deserve their place in the Super 7 this week. All in all, they’re a team trending in the right direction.
3. Garnet Valley (14-1)
It’ll be interesting to see how the first-place Jaguars match up against Haverford, which is one of the better teams in the league. The Jags are the only team in the county boasting three players — Jordan Ireland, Maddie Ireland and Macy Goldbach — in double figures.
4. Bonner-Prendergast (9-6)
The Pandas are still trying to get on track. Shalina Miller returned from a five-game hiatus because of injury, and two-time Alyssa Monaghan is still trying to find her footing. If everyone is healthy, they’re still a Catholic League contender, but their chances at a PIAA tournament spot are in jeopardy after loses to Archbishop Wood and Lansdale Catholic.
5. Penn Wood (9-5)
The Patriots have been an honorable mention the last several weeks, so the jump all the way to No. 5 might seem like a stretch. They handed the Del Val’s second-best team, Academy Park, a 20-point loss Tuesday night. PW loves to push the ball and press. They’re faster and more athletic than most teams in the county, and they’ve played a tough nonleague schedule (most of the credit goes to coach Monique Boykins, who has done wonders with the program over the last 2-3 years). Dahnye Redd, a junior forward, is averaging just a hair under 20 ppg.
6. Episcopal Academy (11-5)
The Churchwomen have had a tough go in recent weeks. They couldn’t keep up with Central Bucks West and fell to Spring-Ford, two of District One Class AAAA’s premier programs. Their time in the Super 7 is ticking, but they’re still a team that could go out and beat Germantown Academy this week. Junior guard Dylan Higgins has shown flashes of being a big-time player.
7. Strath Haven (12-3)
The Panthers stumbled against Conestoga last Saturday, but they’ve beaten all of the best teams in the Central (well, except for Garnet Valley). Katie Fisher is second in the county in scoring with 19.6 ppg.
(By Alphabetical Order)
Marple Newtown (11-5)
Notre Dame (6-8)
Sun Valley (13-3)