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STATE CHAMPS! Michigan small-school girls basketball rankings for Feb. 10: Kent City takes over top spot, while four new teams join top 25

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, February 10, 2020, 10:07 am

A full 10 of our top 25 small school squads took losses over the last week, including our former No. 1 team. That 14-point loss by St. Ignace to Division 2 Sault Ste. Marie — a team the Saints had beaten 40-37 back on Dec. 20 for the Blue Devils’ only loss — snapped a seven-game win streak, and dropped last year’s D4 runners-up from the top spot, at least temporarily. It elevated Kent City — on an eight-game win streak of its own since losing to D1 Muskegon — to the No. 1 spot, followed by a pair of teams that are still unbeaten. Michigan Center knocked off Grass Lake to move into the rankings, along with a pair of Tri-Valley Conference West teams in Ithaca and Hemlock. 

Here are the top 25 small-school teams in Michigan for the week of Feb. 10:

1 Kent City (15-1, MPR: 0.630) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Sparta (40-34), beat White Cloud (54-20), beat Central Montcalm (72-48), beat Lakeview (67-2).

Last ranking: 2

2 Bellaire (14-0, MPR: 0.614) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Central Lake (40-22), beat Mancelona (49-31), beat Fife Lake Forest Area (61-21).

Last ranking: 4

3 Allen Park Inter-City Baptist (11-0, MPR: 0.656) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Dearborn Heights Robichaud 51-9, beat Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest (56-40).

Last ranking: 7

4 Lake City (12-1, MPR: 0622) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Houghton Lake (55-32), beat LeRoy Pine River (45-31).

Last ranking: 8

5 St. Ignace (12-2, MPR: 0.675) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Gaylord (78-27), beat Charlevoix (50-36), lost to Sault Ste. Marie (43-29), beat Kingsley (48-46).

Last ranking: 1

6 Manton (14-1, MPR: 0.663) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Evart (59-26), beat McBain Northern Michigan Christian (61-36)

Last ranking: 9

7 Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (14-0, MPR: 0.561) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Ashley (55-16), beat Breckenridge (49-31), beat Vestaburg (58-40).

Last ranking: 10

8 Kingston (13-1, MPR: 0.627) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Lost to Deckerville (47-26), beat Carsonville-Port Sanilac (53-18), beat Mayville (62-11).

Last ranking: 3

9 Niles Brandywine (14-0, MPR: 0.590) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Fennville (44-18), beat Berrien Springs (56-20), beat Bridgman (51-18).

Last ranking: 11

10 Centreville (13-1, MPR: 0.629) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Hartford (50-38), beat Cassopolis (44-12), lost to White Pigeon (48-44).

Last ranking: 5

11 Ishpeming Westwood (13-1, MPR: 0.624) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Ishpeming (58-30), beat Houghton (67-52), beat Marquette (53-49).

Last ranking: 13

12 Maple City Glen Lake (12-2, MPR: 0.651) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Frankfort (64-39), beat Benzie Central (60-32), beat Suttons Bay (76-18). 

Last ranking: 14

13 Pickford (12-2, MPR: 0.596) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Newberry (56-45), lost to Engadine (71-61).

Last ranking: 6

14 Ewen-Trout Creek (13-1, MPR: 0.608) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Watersmeet (66-19), beat Hurley (WI) (61-41).

Last ranking: 15

15 Morley Stanwood (13-1, MPR: 0.563) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Reed City (59-30), beat Lakeview (58-21), beat Grant (55-30), beat Hesperia (58-28), Holton (60-12).

Last ranking: 16

16 Schoolcraft (13-1, MPR: 0.629) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Coloma (33-24), beat Vicksburg (55-29), beat Battle Creek Calhoun Christian (69-47), beat Lawton (63-18).

Last ranking: 17

17 Camden-Frontier (14-1, MPR: 0.578) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Jackson Christian (63-43), beat No. 12 Pittsford (54-34), beat Battle Creek St. Philip (54-29).

Last ranking: 24

18 Pittsford (14-1, MPR: 0.566) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Burr Oak (58-4), lost to No. 24 Camden-Frontier (54-34), beat Climax-Scotts (37-36)

Last ranking: 12

19 Springport (12-2, MPR: 0.625) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Reading (64-29), beat Union City (67-8), beat Quincy (44-19).

Last ranking: 19

20 Martin (13-1, MPR: 0.590) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Coloma (45-36), beat Delton Kellogg (58-33), beat Saugatuck (52-25).

Last ranking: 20

21 Michigan Center (12-3, MPR: 0.610) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Vandercook Lake (80-8), beat Grass Lake (65-55), beat Manchester (74-30).

Last ranking: HM

22 Ithaca (13-1, MPR: 0.590) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary (47-30), beat Millington (44-25), beat Saginaw Valley Lutheran (48-34).

Last ranking: N/R

23 Hemlock (12-2, MPR: 0.589) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat St. Charles (36-21), beat Saginaw Valley Lutheran (65-33), beat Chesaning (60-41), beat St. Louis (56-30).

Last ranking: HM

24 Brooklyn Columbia Central (14-2, MPR: 0.655) — D3

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Hillsdale (59-21), beat Dundee (75-40), beat Ida (43-36), lost to Adrian Lenawee Christian (69-39).

Last ranking: 18

25 Fruitport Calvary Christian (14-2, MPR: 0.551) — D4

How they fared since Jan. 26: Beat Grand Rapids West Michigan Aviation Academy (64-25), beat Wyoming Potter’s House Christian (42-38), beat Muskegon Oakridge (70-40), beat Holland Black River (59-47).

Last ranking: HM

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DROPPED OUT: No. 21 Flint Hamady (D3, 13-2, MPR: 0.573); No. 22 St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran (D4, 13-1, MPR: 0.578); No. 23 Hart (D3, 15-2, MPR: 0.583); No. 25 Gobles (D3, 12-2, MPR: 0.545)

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HONORABLE MENTION: Ecorse (D3, 12-0, MPR: 0.590); Ubly (D4, 13-1, MPR: 0.590); Negaunee (D3, 12-3, MPR: 0.589); Calumet (D3, 11-3, MPR: 0.630); Royal Oak Shrine (D3, 11-3, MPR: 0.651); Traverse City St. Francis (D3, 11-3, MPR: 0.607); Madison Heights Bishop Foley (D3, 13-2, MPR: 0.603); Deckerville (D4, 12-3, MPR: 0.600); Gaylord St. Mary (D4, 12-3, MPR: 0.575); Kalamazoo Hackeett (D3, 11-3, MPR: 0.600).