The Bee's Bill Paterson reveals the top 20 area girls basketball teams.
1. SACRAMENTO (3-0)
The defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion Dragons are deep, talented and experienced, and they have all the pieces for another deep postseason run.
2. OAK RIDGE (6-1)
Overcoming a slew of early-season injuries, the Trojans impressed by hammering league rival Pleasant Grove 75-31 Saturday in the championship of their own Trojan Shoot-out tournament; only loss is to national power Mater Dei of Santa Ana.
3. KENNEDY (3-1)
The defending section D-I champions and NorCal runners-up should again be in the playoff mix with returning veterans Lynette Johnson and Jessica Lauderdale and Sacramento High transfer Dalayna Tyler-Scott, a 6-2 senior post.
4. CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (3-1)
Coach Ron Gully, who has led the Falcons to four 20-win seasons in the last five years, could have his best team with emerging sophomore post Kira McKechnie and returning veterans Ana Burch (Capital Valley Conference MVP), Alicia Gonzalez and Niel Valmores.
5. PLEASANT GROVE (3-1)
Coach James McKeever's Eagles look to defend their hard-won Delta River League title against rivals Oak Ridge and St. Francis.
6. ST. FRANCIS (5-1)
The Troubadours should make another playoff run with an always formidable full-court pressure defense and deep roster.
7. FLORIN (3-1)
Co-Metro Conference MVP Daijah Joe-Smith and Deja Conger, Dalayna Sampton and Kynnidi Ricardo return to lead a Panthers team hoping to build on last year's 24-8 season.
8. DEL ORO (6-1)
Winners of the early-season Sonora and Oakmont tournaments, the Golden Eagles and 27-year coach Mike Takayama will go for a ninth consecutive Sierra Foothill League title.
9. BRADSHAW CHRISTIAN (4-1)
Behind seniors Ashlee Jones and Briana Barnes and sophomores Erika Bean and Jordyn Bell, the Pride hopes to make an impact in the playoffs in its second season in Division IV after winning four consecutive Division V championships (the last in 2011).
10. McCLATCHY (4-0) The Lions look to end a two-season absence from the playoffs behind an experienced group that includes returning all-conference pick Aleea Reese, last season's team scoring leader, and sophomore standout Destiney Lee.
11. BEAR RIVER (8-0)
All-Pioneer Valley Conference players Savannah Welz and Sarah Hagar are back to lead the Bruins, perennial D-IV powers under veteran coach Jeff Bickmore.
12. MONTEREY TRAIL (6-2)
The defending Delta Valley Conference champion Mustangs appear poised to defend their title behind returning all-conference senior guard Qiana Levy (17.7 points, 6.0 rebounds) and junior guard Jasmine Redmon (19.3 points).
13. NEVADA UNION (5-3)
The Miners, who stopped Del Oro's 63-game Sierra Foothill League winning streak last season, hope for even bigger things behind returning all-leaguers Kaylin Martin, Nicole Lierly and Sydney Porter.
14. ANTELOPE (4-1)
Led by four-year veteran Tyler Ellis (18.8 points, 18.0 rebounds), coach Sean Chambers' Titans are aiming for the Capital Athletic League title after finishing second to El Camino the last two seasons.
15. PLACER (7-1)
Tony Camillucci, with perhaps his best team since his 2006-07 group that went 25-4, has the Hillgals looking to challenge Bear River and Colfax in the Pioneer Valley League.
16. ROCKLIN (3-2)
With Kelsey and Lydia Summers leading the way, the rising Thunder could give Del Oro and Nevada Union a run in the Sierra Foothill League.
17. EL CAMINO (3-3)
Capital Athletic League Player of the Year Courtney Brignac returns to lead the two-time defending league champions under new coach Alisha Harris.
18. WEST CAMPUS (4-4)
Golden Empire League Player of the Year Haley Shaner and first-team pick Barbara Keomany are back for the defending GEL champion and Division IV section runner-up Warriors.
19. DAVIS (5-1)
Coach Karen Foster's Blue Devils started the season 5-0 before losing Saturday to NorCal power Miramonte of Orinda in the championship of the Blue Devils' Dorothy Speck tournament.
20. RIO AMERICANO (5-2)
With returning all-leaguer Elizabeth Moulton (16.3 points) leading the way, coach Jeff Hart's Raiders look to challenge El Camino and Antelope for Capital Athletic League title.