NYC girls basketball rankings

With the regular season coming to a close we have plenty of upheaval to our weekly rankings.

No. 1 holds form with Nazareth picking up big wins over no. 2 Bishop Ford and new no. 5 Christ the King. CK rises a spot fresh off a win against Ford. The biggest drop this week belongs to South Shore. The Vikings, who have already lost to Kennedy, fell to Lincoln. They go all the way from the fifth spot to no. 9. Murry Bergtraum jumps a spot to nine and Cardinal Spellman re-enters at 10 fresh off beating St. Joseph Hill.

To see the rest of the rankings breakdown, look below:

Denis Gostev Nazareth and Bianca Cuevas (c.) picked up wins over rivals Bishop Ford and Christ the King last week.

1. Nazareth (11-1) (Last week: 1)

Bianca Cuevas is showing people why she is arguably the city’s best player right now. The fearless sophomore guard followed up a 20-point performance in a win over Bishop Ford by dropping in 36 to help beat rival Christ the King. Nazareth proved itself again to be NYC’s top team.

Next: no. 8 Bishop Loughlin (Feb. 7, 6 p.m.)

2. Bishop Ford (16-3) (2)

Coach Mike Toro called out his team after a second straight defeat, letting a game against Christ the King get away late. He felt his club reverted back to the struggling Bishop Ford club of last season instead of the one that has been so dominant. The Falcons rebounded with a road win over a solid Archbishop Williams (Mass.) team.

Next: no. 7 Mary Louis (Feb. 6, 6:45 p.m.)

3. Moore Catholic (16-3) (3)

The dynamic Division I duo was at it again. Jamie O’Hare and Christina Rubin combined for 47 points and eight 3-pointers for the Mavericks in a rout of St. John Villa. There aren’t many better 1-2 punches in the city. it came after another easy victory against Notre Dame Academy. They get a St. Joseph Hill team playing good basketball next.

Next: No. 9 St. Joseph Hill (Feb. 8, 7 p.m.)

4. Archbishop Molloy (13-6) (4)

One of the reasons why Molloy has been so successful has nothing to do with Amani Tatum and Carolyn Gallagher. its role players have performed their jobs to perfection. it starts with the blue-collar Patti Dorgler and includes reserved guard Jessica Jamin. Jamin had big plays in the second half to help lift the Stanners over TMLA.

Next: No. 2 Bishop Ford (Feb. 9, 6:45 p.m.)

5. Christ the King (7-10) (6)

There is nothing flashy about Sierra Calhoun’s game, but the super sophomore gets the job done. she quietly dropped in 21 points in a big win over Bishop Ford and with Nazareth playing suffocating defense she was able to get to the free throw line and pick up 14 points there. Calhoun needs more help, like Ashley Raaf provided against Ford, for CK to be successful.

Next: @ St. Francis Prep (Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m.)

6. Mary Louis (8-11) (7)

Mary Louis is playing better, but it still hasn’t translated into wins. They lost to Nazareth by just 10 points and had Archbishop Molloy on the ropes, but could not finish them off. TMLA got a strong performance out of senior forward Elisabeth Gully, who is headed to Queens College next year. A big rematch with Bishop Ford awaits this week.

Next: @ no. 2 Bishop Ford (Feb. 6, 6:45 p.m.)

7. Bishop Loughlin (8-9) (8)

When will the Lions finally put it all together? There were signs of it last week. They battled to the wire with Christ the King in Middle Village and put together a dominant win over a St. Francis Prep team that has played better of late. it doesn’t get easier with Nazareth up next.

Next: @ no. 1 Nazareth (Feb. 7, 6 p.m.)

8. Murry Bergtraum (13-5) (9)

The Lady Blazers are back atop our PSAL rankings and are continually making the case to be the best team in the league once again. Bergtraum has won nine straight league games, but things get tricky this week. it travels to rival John F. Kennedy and hosts a surging Francis Lewis team that it beat by just a point in the first meeting last week.

Next: @ John F. Kennedy (Feb. 6, 5 p.m.)

9. South Shore (16-4) (5)

Just a few weeks about South Shore was the undisputed cream of the crop in the PSAL. now doubts should be creeping in. Lincoln gave them trouble in the first meeting, a one-point win. This time the Railsplitters got the best of them 47-42. The Vikings no. 1 playoff seed could be in jeopardy with Bergtraum playing very well.

Next: Midwood (Feb. 8, 5 p.m.)

10. Cardinal Spellman (11-4) (NR)

The Pilots were the first team to cool down St. Joseph Hill and Kelsey Carey, with Nicole Awooner-Renne holding her to just nine points in an impressive 61-45 win. Spellman sophomore Maria Backman on the other hand could not be contained. she tallied 17 points and 13 rebounds. Big matchups with St. Joseph by the Sea and Maria Regina are on tap this week.

Next: St. Joseph by the Sea (Feb. 8, 6:15 p.m.)

New: Cardinal Spellman (15-7)

Dropped out: John F. Kennedy (15-7)

On the bubble: Truman (17-6), John F. Kennedy (15-7), McKee/Staten Island Tech (18-2), Francis Lewis (10-8), St. Joseph Hill (10-8) and St. John Villa (13-7).

jstaszewski@nypost.com

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