Posted: Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:42AM

Jan. 16 Girls Power Rankings

Springfield, Mo. (  -- The top four remained the same in this week's power rankings, but changes were abundant behind those top teams. No team Nos. 5 through 15 kept the same spot this week. Branson enters the rankings at No. 13.

1. Republic, 12-0 (1)
The Lady Tigers picked up their 18th straight win by downing Marshfield on Monday, despite 25 points from the Lady Jays’ Lauren Aldridge. Republic will host Sullivan on Thursday. The Lady Eagles are also undefeated and ranked No. 3 in Class 4.

2. Walnut Grove, 13-2 (2)
It was an up and down week for the Lady Tigers. Last Thursday Walnut Grove mowed down Class 4 Marshfield 42-29 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. However, on Monday Coach Henry’s squad had its 12 game winning streak snapped at home by the Crane Lady Pirates. Despite the loss, Walnut Grove remains in the No. 2 spot because of its dominance over like sized competition. However, if they stumble Friday at Weaubleau, expect a changing of the guard in the PCL standings and our rankings.

3. Ash Grove, 14-3 (3)
The Lady Pirates had a perfect week, beating Chadwick last Thursday before blowing out Aurora in the first round of the Bolivar Tournament. Ash Grove will take on Hillcrest in the semifinals, with the winner advancing to the championship against the winner of a Class 5 showdown between Camdenton and Branson.

4. Crane, 13-3 (4)
Crane hiked its current winning streak to six games with a huge road victory over Walnut Grove on Monday. The Lady Pirates, who have just one senior, continue to take huge strides with each game, largely because of their strength of schedule. Maggie McMenamy and company are idle until Monday when they host Pierce City.

5. West Plains, 14-1 (7)
The Lady Zizzers continue their steady play, opening its Ozark Conference slate with a pair of runaway wins over Camdenton and Kickapoo. In fact, since its quarterfinal loss to Ash Grove in the PWLC, West Plains hasn’t allowed an opponent to score more than 38 points in a contest. Coach Womack’s crew will visit Marshfield in nonconference action Thursday, before heading to the Reeds Spring Tournament next week.

6. Dadeville, 14-0 (10)
Dadeville capped of last week with its second tournament championship of the season, beating Greenfield by 19 in the Golden City Tournament. The Lady Bearcats are at it again this week in the Stockton Tournament where they are the top seed. Along with Republic, Dadeville is the only other unbeaten team in the area.

7. Skyline, 15-3 (6)
Despite Saturday’s loss at the hands of conference rival Fair Grove in the championship of the Lady Tigers tournament, there is a silver lining for Skyline that seems to a be a theme for the season. Of their three losses, none have come to a Class 2 team. Furthermore, Skyline will get a chance to avenge its latest loss later in the month in Mid-Lakes play.

8. Seymour, 12-2 (12)
Seymour hiked its winning streak to seven after a pair of wins over Catholic and Conway.  In those two games, senior Braythan Helms scored 33 and 31 points respectively to help lead her team. The Lady Tigers, who are up to No. 6 in the Class 2 poll, continue Summit League play Thursday when they host Norwood.

9. Ozark, 10-5 (5)
Ozark may be the best five loss team in the state of Missouri. The Lady Tigers dropped out of the state rankings this week, following a blowout loss to Columbia Rock Bridge, the No. 2 team in Class 5. Ozark did respond with a rout of visiting Parkview Monday night 64-33. Ozark will host Willard on Thursday and Kickapoo on Tuesday.

10. Webb City, 12-3 (11)
Most teams without a senior on its roster figure to be in rebuilding mode. Brad Shorter’s team skipped that phase. The Lady Cardinals bounced back from last week’s four point loss to Ozark with a nonconference win over Nevada. Mikaela Burgess, who leads the team with nearly 17 points per contest, has hit a three in all but one WC game this year.
11. Thayer, 13-1 (14)
Few teams are hotter than the Lady Bobcats right now. Thayer has won 13 straight games in the process of streaking to the top of the SCA standings. Thayer is currently in action as the top seed in its own tournament. Play was postponed Tuesday due to inclement weather, when play continues Thursday the Lady ‘Cats will take on Mammoth Springs in the semifinals.

12. Nixa, 13-3 (8)
Like rival Ozark, Nixa also took on Columbia Rock Bridge this week, and like Ozark, Nixa came away empty handed, 60-38. The Lady Eagles did bounce back against another Mid-Missouri foe, Jefferson City, with an 80-49 victory. Nixa will finish the week in the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tournament where they are the top seed.

13. Branson, 11-5 (NR)
The Lady Pirates make their way back in the poll as winners of five of their last six games. The lone blemish came to Republic in the championship of the PWLC, but then again who hasn’t lost to Republic. Branson, led by senior forward and Wichita State signee Moriah Dapprich, is the No. 2 seed in this week’s Bolivar Tournament and will take on Camdenton in the semifinals Wednesday night.

14. Chadwick, 11-5 (15)
The Lady Cardinals must have a strong dislike for the Mid-Lakes Conference. Three of Chadwick’s five losses have come at the hands of Mid-Lakes foes (Pleasant Hope, Marionville, and Ash Grove). However, Class 1 Chadwick is in the Mark Twain Conference and shouldn’t see any more Class 3 schools this season. Don’t count on them losing too many more games this year.

15. Weaubleau, 12-3 (13)
Weaubleau has had the midseason blues as of late, dropping two of its last three games, while having the flu makes its rounds with the team. The schedule doesn’t get any easier on Friday when the Lady Tigers welcome PCL rival Walnut Grove. Weaubleau will look to get revenge from WG ending its season in last year’s sectional game.

Knockin’ on the door: Southwest (13-3), Pleasant Hope (12-4), Sparta (13-3), Marionville (11-5), Camdenton (11-3), Morrisville (12-4)

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