And down the stretch we come.
There’s about a week left to play in the regular season for most District One clubs. Big games still on tap, but the grand picture has begun to crystalize.
In the Central League, who’s going to beat Garnet Valley (17-2, 14-0)? The Jags in position for second straight undefeated season. I write a little about playoff scenarios in my girls notebook this week.
There’s a lot at riding in the Catholic League before playoffs begin the second week of February. Are we just destined for a Neumann-Goretti vs. Cardinal O’Hara rematch? It feels that way.
The District One playoffs (Class AAA) begin Feb. 13-14.
Here’s the latest Super 7…Records are through Wednesday’s games
1. Cardinal O’Hara (13-2)
The Lions suffered their second loss to the year against Ursuline (Del.), the home of Elena Delle Donne, who I watched torch O’Hara way back in 2008. But I disgress…
Sophomore forward Mary Sheehan has scored in double figures in every game except for one. She scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Thursday’s victory over Arch. Ryan.
2. Archbishop Carroll (13-6)
The Patriots have shown flashes of being a true contender in the Catholic League and in the Class AAAA playoffs, but last week’s loss to Cardinal O’Hara set them back a bit. The good news is they stormed back with a blowout victory over St. ELizabeth (Del.) Sunday.
3. Garnet Valley (17-2)
The Jags lost a tight one to Shawnee (N.J.), just their second loss of the year. The other was against Ches-Mont League power W.C. Rustin. Undefeated in the Central League, they’re on pace for at least one home game in the District One Class AAAA playoffs. A top-2 seed is fesable.
4. Penn Wood (10-5)
Not withstanding their loss to Cheltenham Thursday night, the Patriots are clicking at the right time. One of the most explosive teams in the county.
5. Episcopal Academy (12-5)
EA got a big win last week against Inter-Ac League favorite Germantown Academy. The league title should come down to EA-GA for the third year in a row.
6. Bonner-Prendergast (9-7)
The Pandas are still trying to piece it together. They’ve played just four games over the last two weeks. They’ll need a strong finish to make the state tourney out of District 12.
7. Strath Haven (15-3)
It’s hard to say a 15-win team would be a darkhorse come District One playoff time, but the Panthers are as steady as they come. Junior guard Katie Fisher, the second-leading scorer in the county, has had a great season.
(By Alphabetical Order)
Marple Newtown (12-5)
Notre Dame (8-8)
Sun Valley (13-5)