Arizona Republic Super 10 Women’s High School Basketball Rankings

The MLK Day holiday weekend brought diverging paths for Arizona’s top women’s high school basketball teams. A few have played in holiday tournaments with tough out-of-state opposition, while others have won easy wins. Here’s the post-holiday Super 10:

1. Surprise Valley Vista, 13-5

All five of Valley Vista’s losses — including two this week — have been against elite out-of-state teams. None are a black mark on the Monsoon CV. Still, the nature of those defeats has been tantalizing. Valley Vista’s last three losses have resulted in a total of 20 points, including last week’s overtime loss to Anchorage Christian (Alaska). With a few more rebounds, Monsoon could have one of the most impressive resumes in the country.

2. Chandler Seton Catholic, 13-4

Seton Catholic had no problems in their only game of the week, beating ALA-Queen Creek, 80-26, on MLK Day. Thursday’s trip to Glendale Deer Valley should be good though. The Skyhawks are 14-2.

3. Millennium Goodyear, 10-8

It’s not often that a 10-8 team comes in at No. 3 in the Super 10. But Millennium’s work in the state trumps its 3-7 record against out-of-state opposition. On the one hand, just playing so many out-of-state games (mostly against powerhouses California) shows the Tigers’ ambition and means they will be tested in the 5A State Tournament of the next month.

4. Tucson Salpointe Catholic, 13-4

Another week, another easy win for the Lancers. This time it was a 77-17 dismantling of Tucson Canyon del Oro. Wednesday’s game against Tucson Pueblo likely won’t be much different.

5. Phoenix Xavier Preparation, 9-4

Like Millennium, Xavier Prep has been excellent against Arizona Schools all season, a trend that continued with two 70-point wins this week. The only difference is Millennium’s 65-64 win over the Gators on Dec. 22. With games against Valley Vista and Chandler Hamilton, however, this week is full of opportunity for the Gators.

6. Tucson Sinking, 18-1

Pueblo made things edgy for the Caballeros on MLK Day. The Warriors took an early lead and stayed within striking distance early in the fourth quarter. Flowing Wells, however, managed to retire late and move to 16-1.

7. Waddell Canyon View, 16-1

Canyon View did a great job bouncing back from last week’s 24-point loss to Millennium, beating Avondale Agua Fria by 26. This week should be light work for the Jaguars heading into the return trip to Millennium on Jan. 28.

8. Gilbert Perry, 12-4

Perry and Chandler Hamilton (who would have been this week’s No. 11 team) have operated in the same space this season. They’ve been good, but not great, with a handful of disappointing performances. So far, Perry’s season-opening victory over Phoenix Desert Vista is the only separating factor. On Wednesday, however, enemies from the Premier region face off for the first time. That should tell us a lot more.

9. View of the desert, 16-4

Speaking of Desert Vista, the Thunder’s winning streak is now at seven. It may be a year too early for Desert Vista to really push for a state title, but it takes a confident and experienced backcourt to breaking the press from coach Dave Williams. Few teams in the state have this combination.

10. Peoria Sunrise Mountain, 13-2

The Northwest region is underwhelming this season, so it’s a good thing Sunrise Mountain is taking on Millennium on February 3. Now that we’re in conference play, the Tigers might be the only team left on the Mustangs’ schedule that can beat them. In its 13 wins, Sunrise Mountain has outscored opponents by 31.3 points per game.

Theo Mackie covers Arizona high school sports and Phoenix Rising FC. He can be reached by email at [email protected] and on Twitter @theo_mackie.