There's A New No. 1: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) Takes Over Top Spot In USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 Girls Basketball

There's A New No. 1: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) Takes Over Top Spot In USA
         TODAY High School Sports Super 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Former No. 1 St. Mary's (Phoenix) falls to No. 4 position; Undefeated Windward
(Los Angeles) debuts as No. 3 team in this week's rankings

PR Newswire

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 9, 2013

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) is the
new No. 1 team in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 national editorial
rankings for girls basketball for the week of January 7, 2013.

Prior to the Super 25 holiday hiatus, then-No. 3 Mater Dei defeated former No.
1 St. Mary's (Phoenix) during the Dec. 18-22 Nike Tournament of Champions in
Phoenix, knocking the team out of the top three and into the No. 4 position in
the first rankings of 2013.

The USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 rankings appear in today's print
editions of USA TODAY Sports and are also available online at USA TODAY High
School Sports (

The USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 is now in its 30^th year as the most
prestigious high school ranking platform in the nation. Gatorade is the
Official Fuel of the Super 25 rankings platform, which includes computer
rankings of every major high school football, baseball, boys and girls
basketball and boys and girls lacrosse team in the nation.

Formerly unranked Windward (Los Angeles) debuts as the No. 3 team in this
week's Super 25, defeating then-No. 4 Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) during the
finals of the Oaks Christian Holiday Tournament in Westlake Village, Calif.
Bishop O'Dowd, which also saw defeat at the hands of St. Mary's during the
tournament, fell to the No. 20 spot in this week's rankings.

No. 2 Duncanville (Texas) is the only top 5 team to retain its spot in this
week's rankings, defeating Plano West (Plano) in the final of the Sandra
Meadows Classic in Duncanville on Dec. 29. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
moved up a spot to No. 5 after handing then-No. 15 Oakland (Murfreesboro,
Tenn.) its first loss of the season. Oakland dropped out of the rankings this
week. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.), meanwhile, dropped from No. 8
to 19 after losing to Mater Dei at the Nike Tournament of Champions and to
South Medford (Ore.) in the Title IX Invitational in Washington, D.C.

In addition to Windward, 10 other previously unranked teams made their first
appearances on this week's Super 25: No. 7 St. John's (Washington, D.C.), No.
13 North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.), No. 14 Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.), No.
15 Shabazz (Newark), No. 16 Dillard (Fort Lauderdale), No. 17 Parkview
(Lilburn, Ga.), No. 22 St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.), No. 23 Incarnate Word
(St. Louis), No. 24 Southwood (Shreveport, La.) and No. 25 Edwardsville

Following is the complete listing of this week'sUSA TODAY High School Sports
girls basketball rankings.

USA TODAY High School Sports
High School Girls Basketball Super 25
For Week of January 7, 2013

1.Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (14-0)
2.Duncanville, Texas (26-0)
3.Windward, Los Angeles (15-0)
4.St. Mary's, Phoenix (12-1)
5.Riverdale, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (16-0)
6.Paul VI, Fairfax, Va. (14-0)
7.St. John's, Washington, D.C. (13-0)
8.Marion County, Lebanon, Ky. (16-0)
9.Hopkins, Minnetonka, Minn. (13-0)
10.Fairmont, Kettering, Ohio (11-0)
11.Long Beach Poly (12-2)
12.Dutch Fork, Irmo, S.C. (14-0)
13.North Gwinnett, Suwanee, Ga. (13-0)
14.Columbus North, Columbus, Ind. (16-0)
15.Shabazz, Newark (6-0)
16.Dillard, Fort Lauderdale (14-1)
17.Parkview, Lilburn, Ga. (15-0)
18.Myers Park, Charlotte (14-0)
19.Riverdale Baptist, Upper Marlboro, Md. (14-2)
20.Bishop O'Dowd, Oakland (7-3)
21.Pflugerville, Texas (25-0)
22.St. Mary's, Stockton, Calif. (11-1)
23.Incarnate Word, St. Louis (12-0)
24.Southwood, Shreveport, La. (14-0)
25.Edwardsville, Ill. (15-0)

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