Final National Girls' High School Rankings
Ben Davis takes top honors in the final rankings.
Ben Davis takes top honors in the final rankings.
National Director of Scouting, FCP
Posted Apr 20, 2009


With Mater Dei’s late-season loss, there is a new #1 team heading the final national rankings for the 2008-2009 girls' high school basketball season. Ben Davis pulled out wins over South Bend Washington in the state finals to capture this year’s Full Court Press/Full Court Prep National High School Championship.

The Final Top 25

The top two teams in the country faced off in the Indiana state championships and Ben Davis came out on top.
The top two teams in the nation, as ranked by Full Court, faced off against each other in the Indiana High School championships, and Ben Davis came out on top. Here, South Bend Washington's Takoia Larry (32) blocks the shot of Indianapolis Ben Davis' Janae Kimball, below, during the first half of the IHSAA Class 4A girls state basketball final in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 7, 2009.



1. Ben Davis (Indianapolis, IN) 30-0
Most Recent Previous Ranking: #3

Highest Season Ranking: #1 (current poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: Ben Davis’s impressive run through the Indiana State Playoffs pushed them up from their previous Number 3 ranking to finish in the top spot this year. The unanimous Number 1 choice of the Full Court, USA Today, and ESPN polls, Ben Davis had wins over Number 2-ranked Washington (South Bend, IN) as well as Number 4 Bolingbrook (IL) this season.

2. South Bend Washington (South Bend, IN) 26-1
Most Recent Previous Ranking: #2

Highest Season Ranking: # 2 (current and 2/6/09 polls)

Preseason Ranking: #6

The Buzz: Washington South Bend fell a few points short of a state and national title. All-American Skylar Diggins carried South Bend most of the way through its near-perfect season.

3. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) 32-1
Most Recent Previous Ranking: #1

Highest Season Ranking: #1 (2/6/09)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: Mater Dei will likely be the #1 team at the beginning of next year’s poll with three of the top players in the west returning, headlined by Number 1 overall sophomore Kaleena Lewis.

4. St. Michael Academy (New York, NY) 25-3
Most Recent Previous Ranking: #10

Highest Season Ranking: #8 (12/18/08)

Preseason Ranking: #16

The Buzz:New York City is one of the most competitive basketball areas in the country. St. Michael’s first-ever win over Christ the King and its victory over highly ranked Murry Bergtraum bring them in at the Number-4 spot in the FCP final poll, despite early season losses.

5. Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, IL) 25-4
Most Recent Previous Ranking: #6

Highest Season Ranking: # 5 (current poll)

Preseason Ranking: #18

The Buzz: The Raiders played one of the nation's toughest schedules; their four losses were all to teams at the top of the national poll. The Raiders finished second at the Nike Tournament of Champions and won the IHSAA State Championship in a convincing fashion over nationally ranked Whitney Young.

6. Heritage Christian (Indianapolis, IN) 26-1
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 12

Highest Season Ranking: #6 (current poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: Heritage Christian only dropped one game all year and won their classification title in Indiana’s State Championships alongside Ben Davis.

7. Archbishop Carroll (Radnor, PA) 30-1
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 18

Highest Season Ranking: # 7 (current poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: Archbishop Carroll met Cardinal O’Hara twice, losing 44-61 in their first match-up to tarnish what would otherwise have been an undefeated season. But they beat their foremost adversary the second time around, when it mattered most -- in the Pennsylvania playoffs. It would have been interesting to see the match-up had Carroll stayed at Nike Tournament of Champions to meet Mater Dei in the finals of the Mike Desper Division, instead of returning home early as they did.

8. Redan (Stone Mountain, Georgia) 27-0
Most Recent Previous Ranking: N/A

Highest Season Ranking: # 8 (current poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: The experts (ourselves included) slept on Redan much of the season, but when the dust settled in the Peach State, this team from Stone Mountain was left on top. Redan won the AAAAA championship in Georgia this year and returns much of their team next year. Look for Redan at the Nike Tournament of Champions next year.

9. Lake Howell (Winter Park, FL) 29-2
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 16

Highest Season Ranking: # 9 (current poll)

Preseason Ranking: # 22

The Buzz: Lake Howell finished their season on a 26-game winning streak which included wins over Nova, Winter Haven, Pensacola Pine Forest, and Bishop Moore. Ashley Jones swept all the statewide awards in Florida, winning the 5A Player of the Year, Ms. Florida Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year, despite not having been nominated for the McDonald’s All-American team.

10. Cardinal O’Hara (Springfield, PA) 28-3
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 5

Highest Season Ranking: # 1 (1/6/09 poll)

Preseason Ranking: # 12

O’Hara was sitting at the Number 1 spot in the country coming out of the Nike Tournament of Champions, but then gave up losses to Archbishop Wood, and to Archbishop Carroll and Mt. Lebanon in the state playoffs. Stephanie Holzer’s foot injury at the end of the season left O’Hara coming up short of the Top Five, although the Lions did win the year’s Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix.

11. Murry Bergtraum (New York, NY) 24-2
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 4

Highest Season Ranking: # 4 (2/6/09 poll)

Preseason Ranking: # 10

The Buzz: Bergtraum, led by CeCe Dixon and Doris Ortega, hovered near the top of the polls for much of the season, but fell short of winning the New York overall championship this year in a final loss (62-58) to St. Michael’s in the state 2A title game.

12. Mansfield Summitt (Arlington, TX) 34-4
Most Recent Previous Ranking: N/A

Highest Season Ranking: # 12 (current poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz:While Cy-Fair, Nimitz and Dulles and their superstars captured most of the attention in Texas this season, Summitt came out of nowhere to prove themselves at crunch time. Summitt’s triple teams and staunch defense of Brittney Griner brought home the Texas State title and knocked their Texas rivals out of the Top 25. Summitt has not been ranked all year but their playoff run showed they are truly the class of Texas.

13. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlborough, MD) 26-3
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 24

Highest Season Ranking: #6 (12/18/08)

Preseason Ranking: # 6

The Buzz: Riverdale’s 2-2 Tournament of Champions performance and a loss to Baltimore's Seton Keough, dropped them from their preseason perch in the Top 10 to their final ranking at Number 13 -- still nothing to hang one's head about. But with Virginia-commit Ataira Franklin returning, it looks like Riverdale will be set for a championship run next season.

14. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, OH) 27-1
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 11

Highest Season Ranking: # 6 (1/6/09 poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: Mount Notre Dame finished nearly unblemished this year in Ohio; their only loss was to Bolingbrook.

15. Kentwood (Kentwood, WA) 28-1
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 22

Highest Season Ranking: # 9 (12/18/08 poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: Kentwood won the Washington State Title, but while they finished with only one loss, Washington is not a hot bed for basketball. Kentwood’s signature win was over Long Beach Poly early in the season; they also pulled out a 74-67 win over St. Mary's Stockton.

16. St. Mary’s (Stockton, CA) 31-3
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 15

Highest Season Ranking: # 11 (12/18/08)

Preseason Ranking: # 2

The Buzz: St. Mary’s finished just outside the top with a 3-1 record at the Nike Tournament of Champions. Two of their three losses this were to nationally ranked teams (Cardinal O'Hara at the TOC and Kentwood Washington at the Nike Northwest Invitational). St. Mary's also avenged last year’s loss to Sacred Heart with a 62-60 victory in the state semifinals this year, ultimately finishing the season on top in California with a deceisive 71-62 win over Inglewood.

17. Bob Jones (Madison, AL) 33-3
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 15

Highest Season Ranking: # 15 (2/6/09 poll)

Preseason Ranking: # 12

The Buzz: Bob Jones dropped two games to Sparkman early, as well as incurring a loss against Washington South Bend in the T-Mobile Invitational. But the Patriots won twice over Sparkman in the playoffs when it mattered. Bob Jones beat then-ranked Gentry convincingly in the T-Mobile this season, and took the Alabama High School state championships as well as racking up 33 wins.

18. Shabazz (Newark, NJ) 29-2
Most Recent Previous Ranking: N/A

Highest Season Ranking: # 18 (current poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: New Jersey’s traditional powerhouse was no different this year, and ended up knocking preseason pick University (Newark) out of the Top 25. Finishing a sound 29-2, Shabazz beat Florida Final Four participant Edgewater in Orlando at the KSA Tournament at the Disney Wide World of Sports.

19. Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Fransisco, CA) 28-2
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 13

Highest Season Ranking: # 13 (2/6/09, 12/18/08 polls)

Preseason Ranking: # 1

The Buzz: The Tiera Rogers era at Sacred Heart ended with a narrow loss to St. Mary’s in the state playoffs. SHC’s only other loss this season was to Long Beach Poly in Hawaii.

20. Regis Jesuit (Aurora, CO) 24-4
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 19

Highest Season Ranking: # 8 (1/6/09 poll)

Preseason Ranking: # 25

The Buzz: Regis is one of the most talented teams in the country as far as Division I signees but dropped a game at TOC and several in-state to land them at # 20.

21. Brea Olinda (Brea, CA) 33-2
Most Recent Previous Ranking: N/A

Highest Season Ranking: # 21 (current poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: The early season spotlight in California shone on powerhouses St. Mary's, Sacred Heart, and Long Beach Poly. But after losing to Cajon and Wesleyan, Brea did not lose another game all season behind the stellar play of sophomore Justine Hartman. They enter the poll for the first time in the final edition at Number 21.

22. Norland (Miami, FL) 32-0
Most Recent Previous Ranking: N/A

Highest Season Ranking: # 22

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: Norland ran the table in Florida’s largest class with impressive wins over Dillard and Atlantic during the season. Norland was one of the largest teams in the country featuring twin towers 6-3 Tamika Guz (Long Island) and 6-5 Leeza Burgess (Pitt).

23. West Charlotte (Charlotte, NC) 27-3
Most Recent Previous Ranking: N/A

Highest Season Ranking: # 23 (current poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: FCP had North Carolina's Butler ranked most of the season after winning the Bojangles event, but West Charlotte knocked them out in the playoffs. West Charlotte was led by Florida signee Cristal Caldwell.

24. Lower Richland (Hopkins, SC) 26-1
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 4 (12/18/08 poll)

Highest Season Ranking: # 4 (12/18/08 poll)

Preseason Ranking: # 7

TheBuzz: Lower Richland will miss its star Morgan Stroman. During Stroman's illustrious high school career, Lower Richland went four-for-four in state titles in South Carolina. Indeed, this was Stroman’s first season in which Lower Richland suffered even a single loss over the last three years.

25. Whitney Young (Chicago, IL) 33-2
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 8

Highest Season Ranking: # 8 (2/6/08 poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Buzz: Whitney Young won the second session of the Tournament of Champions with a win over Memphis Central. However, Bolingbrook beat Whitney Young decisively in the State Championship game in Illinois. They still did enough to keep them in the last spot in our final poll.

Dropping out in the final poll:

Polytechnic (Long Beach) 32-3
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 7

Highest Season Ranking: # 1 (12/18/08 poll)

Preseason Ranking: # 9

The Dish: The Jackrabbits had a strong season, and if we ranked to 50, they would be right in there. But Long Beach lost key games at critical junctures -- to Chaminade-Julienne and Riverdale Baptist at the Nike Tournament of Champions and, badly, to Cajon (44-52) early in the California playoffs.

Oak Ridge (TN) 29-4
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 9

Highest Season Ranking: # 9 (2/6/09 poll)

Preseason Ranking: # 8

The Dish: Another team that started strong (except for two losses at the Nike Tournament of Champions), but stumbled near the finish line with Tennessee playoff losses to Powell and (a squeaker) to Bearden.

University (Newark, NJ) 19-5
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 14

Highest Season Ranking: # 14 (2/6/09, 1/6/09 polls)

Preseason Ranking: # 17

The Dish: University Newark lost five games, but dropped them to top-notch competitors, Early in the season, University lost 59-68 to St. Michael, then lost a squeaker to Washington South Bend (73-75) at the T-Mobile Invitational. University suffered another close loss to Lakota West in January at Classic in the Country, but what knocked them out of our Top 25 were back-to-back playoff losses to Shabazz (50-61) and Bloomfield Tech (57-60).

Detroit Community (MI) 23-1
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 17

Highest Season Ranking: # 17 (2/6/09, 1/6/09 polls)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Dish: Detroit Community stumbled at the finish line, dropping its only game of the season to Divine Child in the playoffs. Obviously, a single loss is not in-and-of-itself enough to knock a team out of the Top 25, the strength of schedule simply wasn't there. (The same was true of Detroit Country Day, which also finished with a single loss at 26-1.

Butler (Matthews, NC) 30-2
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 20

Highest Season Ranking: # 20

Preseason Ranking: # 19

The Dish: Butler had a great run, but there's not that much room at the bottom of the Top 25, and their playoff loss to West Charlotte cost them a spot in the final rankings.

Memphis Central (Memphis, TN) 35-2
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 21

Highest Season Ranking: # 21 (2/6/09 poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Dish: Memphis Central had a great run, with their only early-season loss to Whitney Young by a single point, 50-51. But they stumbled again in their Tennessee Class 3A State Championship, losing to Hillsboro, again by one point, 61-62, and their relatively weak schedule did not have enough elasticity to accept a second loss.

Dulles (Sugarland, TX) 36-3
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 23

Highest Season Ranking: #23 (2/6/09 poll)

Preseason Ranking: Unranked

The Dish: Not even Kelsey Bone was enough to carry Dulles all the way through the Texas state championships. Dulles lost just three games this season, including one early on to then-ranked Cy-Fair (our preseason fifth-ranked team, who also dropped out of the Top 25, but fell to Griner-led Nimitz, 59-76, in the state playoffs. Then Summit knocked off Nimitz, eliminating both mega-star led teams from the Top 25.

Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR) 32-0
Most Recent Previous Ranking: # 25

Highest Season Ranking: # 25

Preseason Ranking: Unknown

The Dish: Fayetteville made a brief appearance in the bottom spot of our Top 25 in February. The Bulldogs finished their season undefeated, taking home the Arkansas state title. It is only the lack of strength in their schedule that caused them to finish just outside our Top 25.

How the Preseason Ranked Teams Finished

1. Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco, CA) 28-2
Finished: # 18

2. St. Mary’s (Stockton, CA) 31-3
Finished: # 15

3. H.D. Woodson (Washington, DC) 22-6
Finished: Out of the money

4. Gentry (Indianapolis, MS) 22-5
Finished: Out of the money

5. Cy-Fair (Cypress, TX) 35-4
Finished: Out of the money

6. Washington (South Bend, IN) 26-1
Finished: # 2

7. Lower Richland (Hopkins, SC) 26-1
Finished: # 24

8. Oak Ridge (TN) 29-4
Finished: Out of the money

9. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA) 21-5
Finished: Out of the money

10. Murry Bergtraum (New York, NY) 24-2
Finished: # 11

11. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) 26-2
Finished: # 13

12. Bob Jones (Madison, AL) 33-3
Finished: # 16

13. Lincoln High School (Dallas, TX) 21-8
Finished: Out of the money

14. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) 21-8
Finished: Out of the money

15. Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, MI) 26-1
Finished: Out of the money

16. St. Michael’s Academy (New York, NY) 25-3
Finished: # 4

17. University (Newark, NJ) 19-5
Finished: Out of the money

18. Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, IL) 24-5
Finished: # 5

19. Butler High School (Matthews, NC) 30-2
Finished: Out of the money

20. Cardinal O’Hara (Springfield, PA) 28-3
Finished: # 10

21. Jefferson (Portland, OR) 15-9
Finished: Out of the money

22. Lake Howell (Winter Park, FL) 29-2
Finished: # 9

23. Wesleyan (Norcross, GA) 29-4
Finished: Out of the money

24. American Heritage (Plantation, FL) 24-6
Finished: Out of the money

25. Regis Jesuit (Aurora, CO) 24-4
Finished: # 20

Next Year?

Here, in alphabetical order, are five power teams to watch in next year’s high school basketball season…

  • Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, IL)

  • Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)


  • Memphis Central (Memphis, TN)


  • St. Michael’s Academy (New York, NY)


  • St. Mary’s (Stockton, CA)



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