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By Sam Houseworth | Photo by Ben Jackson

The Top 25 is starting to settle, as only two teams climb from the world of the unranked.

To further drive home the point, only one team is making its debut in the top 10: D-III Liberty-Benton out of Findlay.

With many teams idle over the holidays, it would be ambitious to expect too much movement before the calendar turns.

However, plenty of teams have gone on hot streaks leading into the second half of the season. The question becomes, which teams will make a run as we get closer to the new year and to the postseason?


1. Reynoldsburg (7-1)

Last week: 1

Another day, another rout for the Lady Raiders. Reynoldsburg headed to Lancaster on Friday and dominated from the tip-off to final horn, 73-32. West Virginia commit Imarianah Russell and Ohio State commit Mya Perry led the scoring with 25 and 23, respectively. Next up is the Innisfree Hotels Beach Tournament in Pensacola, Florida.

2. Mount Notre Dame, Cincinnati (7-0)

Last week: 2

The Cougars handed Ryle (Kentucky) its first loss of the season off the back of a 19-2 third quarter on Thursday. Notre Dame commit KK Bransford led the Cougars with 25 points. Next up for Mount Notre Dame is a top 10 battle of the undefeateds when they host Princeton on Wednesday.

3. Archbishop Hoban, Akron (6-0)

Last week: 3

The Knights were off last week. Their next scheduled game is Thursday against Detroit Renaissance at Toledo Start.

4. Dublin Coffman (6-1)

Last week: 5

The Lady Rocks jump up one spot in the SBLive Top 25 after a convincing 51-34 win over Marysville. The Monarchs came into the contest with a 5-1 record. Coffman followed it up with a 77-44 win over Hilliard Davidson. The Lady Rocks are off until Dec. 30 when they will host Imhotep Charter out of Philadelphia.

5. Fort Loramie (7-0)

Last week: 4

The Lady Skins jumped out to an 18-8 first quarter lead at Versailles and never looked back. Loramie forced 15 first half turnovers en route to a 55-22 win Saturday. The Redskins head to Houston on Tuesday night in Shelby County action.

6. Princeton, Cincinnati (8-0)

Last week: 6

The Vikings improved to 6-0 in GMC play with a pair of conference wins last week. They overwhelmed Colerain 65-30 on Wednesday, followed by a 57-42 win over Lakota East, their second closest game of the season. Their greatest challenge of the season is right around the corner as they head to Mount Notre Dame on Wednesday.

7. Mason (6-1)

Last week: 7

The Comets make it five straight wins with a pair of victories this past week. Mason earned home wins against Middletown, 68-25, and Hamilton, 70-29. The Comets will welcome top 15 opponent Ursuline Academy on Thursday.

8. Purcell Marian, Cincinnati (6-1)

Last week: 8

After a 10-day layoff, the Cavaliers hosted previously undefeated Cincinnati Country Day on Saturday. Freshman Dee Alexander led the scoring with 21 while sophomore Jayda Mosley tallied a season-high 20. Purcell Marian heads to Winton Woods on Dec. 28.

9. Liberty-Benton, Findlay (4-1)

Last week: 21

The Eagles are the biggest mover this week following a 51-41 victory against previously undefeated Ottawa-Glandorf. LBHS was hot from beyond the arc, hitting 7-of-14 from 3-point land. The Eagles followed that up with a 68-7 win over Arlington on Thursday. The Eagles will host undefeated Convoy Crestview on Tuesday, followed by Woodmore on Thursday.

10. Pickerington Central (4-2)

Last week: 10

The Lady Tigers head into the winter break with a 74-27 win over Groveport Madison on Friday. Junior Madison Greene led Pick Central with 18 points. The Lady Tigers will head to Orlando for the Florida Prospects Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.

11. GlenOak, Canton (7-0)

Last week: 13

The Lady Eagles keep on rolling with a pair of Federal League wins this past week. GlenOak held Massillon Jackson at bay, winning 43-37 against their biggest competition in the conference. That was followed up with a 65-38 win over Uniontown Lake. The Lady Eagles play host to Newark on Tuesday.

12. Ursuline Academy, Cincinnati (4-2)

Last week: 11

The Lions were off last week. Their next game is Thursday at Mason in a battle of top 15 teams.

13. Ottawa-Glandorf (5-1)

Last week: 12

The Titans suffered their first loss of the season to former No. 21 Liberty-Benton last Tuesday, 51-41. O-G rebounded with a 57-27 WBL win over Elida, holding the Bulldogs to 20% shooting from the field. The Titans are off until Dec. 28 when they host currently undefeated Convoy Crestview.

14. Russia (6-2)

Last week: 9

In arguably the biggest upset of the week, the Raiders suffered their second loss of the season in a nonconference game against New Bremen on Tuesday. Andy Timmerman’s squad took a 21-10 lead into halftime and never relinquished the lead, winning 44-30. The Raiders head to Anna on Tuesday.

15. Tri-Village, New Madison (7-2)

Last week: 23

The Lady Patriots earned their first marquee win of the season over previously undefeated Arcanum on Thursday night, 44-39. Junior Rylee Sagester led the Lady Patriots with 19. Tri-Village followed it up with a 66-11 win over Ansonia. The Lady Patriots are off until Dec. 30 when they head to Jonathon Alder.

16. Centerville (7-3)

Last week: 22

A rough week for the Elks. After a convincing 21-point win over 5-1 Kettering Fairmont on Wednesday, Centerville dropped a pair of weekend games to Springboro, 49-48, and Ryle (Kentucky) 68-46. The Elks are at home against Wayne on Wednesday.

17. Notre Dame Academy, Toledo (2-1)

Last week: 14

No games to report last week for Notre Dame Academy. The Eagles host Ross on Wednesday and Saint Ursula Academy on Thursday.

18. Fort Frye, Beverly (3-2)

Last week: 19

In their first game in two weeks, Fort Frye pulled out a 50-45 win over Cabell Midland (Ona, West Virginia). The Lady Cadets face Fairland on Wednesday in nonconference action.

19. Granville (7-0)

Last week: 20

The Blue Aces’ scheduled game against Watkins Memorial was postponed. Next up for Granville is a home contest against Hilliard Davidson on Wednesday.

20. Westerville South (5-2)

Last week: 16

The Lady Wildcats earned their fifth straight win Friday against Delaware Hayes, 42-28. Akron commit Leila Jones led the way with 17 on the night. WSHS is back in action Dec. 27 against Gahanna Lincoln.

21. Cincinnati Country Day, Cincinnati (5-1)

Last week: 15

The Nighthawks suffered their first loss of the season to No. 8 Purcell Marian, 60-54. Next up for the Nighthawks is a trip to the Tampa Bay Tournament on Dec. 29.

22. Worthington Christian (8-0)

Last week: Unranked

A pair of dominant wins see the Warriors return to the SBLive Top 25. WCHS blew out The Wellington School 73-13 on Monday, followed by a 62-16 win over Columbus School for Girls on Friday. Blessing King averaged 18 points per game in the two wins. The Warriors are back in action Tuesday when they host Licking Heights.

23. Olentangy Liberty, Powell (7-1)

Last week: Unranked

Since an early-season loss to Dublin Coffman, the Patriots have won five straight including wins over Hilliard Bradley and Olentangy this past week. Ten Patriots recorded points in Olentangy Liberty’s 58-34 win over Olentangy on Friday. The Patriots are off this week and will return to action against Worthington Christian on Dec. 30 in a top 25 contest.

24. Bryan (7-1)

Last week: 24

In their lone contest this week, Bryan defeated Swanton 51-11 to open NWOAL play. The Golden Bears head to Defiance on Tuesday for a nonconference contest.

25. Shelby (8-0)

Last week: 25

A pair of lopsided wins keep the Whippets in the SBLive Top 25. Shelby earned conference wins against Highland, 65-43, and River Valley, 64-32, last week. Their only contest this coming week is a home nonconference game against Williard.

Sam Houseworth’s full computer rankings in Ohio girls basketball