Lady Bruins stand on top of prep power ratings |

Lady Bruins stand on top of prep power ratings

Not much changed in the course of a week when it comes to where area prep basketball stand in the third installment of the Sac-Joaquin Section power ratings.

At least, not much but for Bear River’s Lady Bruins.

The top 16 teams in each division qualify for the postseason, which is set to tip off next week, with brackets scheduled to be released on Sunday afternoon.

Bear River (19-4 overall, 8-2 in Pioneer Valley League) nows stands atop all of Division IV with the No. 1 rating, which is two spots higher than where the Lady Bruins stood last week. Argonaut and Modesto Christian, which were rated No. 1 and No. 2 last week, are now the No. 2 and No. 3 teams. If Bear River can maintain its top rating after its final two games this week, the Lady Bruins will host two playoff games.

Staying on the girls side of things, Nevada Union’s Lady Miners (13-11, 6-4 Sierra Foothill League) remained the 14th rated team in Division I. The Lady Miners are likely headed for the road in round one of the playoffs.

Forest Lake Christian’s Lady Falcons (14-9, 6-5 Central Valley Christian League) slipped from eighth to 10th in this week’s Division V ratings. If the Lady Falcons are unable to climb back to No. 8, they too will open playoff action with a road game.

As the final week of regular season unfolds, Forest Lake Christian appears to be the only boys team in contention for a playoff berth. The Falcons (11-11, 5-6 CVCL) are rated 13th in Division V, which is one spot lower than where they stood a week ago.

Nevada Union (11-13, 3-7 SFL) is rated 22nd in Division I this week, after last week’s 19th rating. Bear River (11-12, 2-8 PVL) slipped to 23rd in Division IV, down from 20th last week.

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