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Top 25 Michigan girls basketball rankings for Dec. 24, 2019: Led by Ann Arbor Huron, five new teams jump into the rankings

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, December 24, 2019, 4:32 am

Three weeks into the regular season — and with much of the non-conference and tournament season gone by — we have a much clearer view of who’s going to contend this year, and who the pretenders were. A handful of teams have skyrocketed up the charts with impressive starts, with five new teams — led by Ann Arbor Huron at No. 12 — jumped into the rankings.

Here are the final rankings, headed into the last week of the 2019 calendar year:

1 DETROIT EDISON (4-0)

Previous ranking: 1

Resume to date: Beat Jenison 65-42; Bolingbrook (Ill.) 59-52; Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) 44-41; No. 15 Michigan Center 62-46.

Up next: Hammond Bishop Noll (Ind.) on Dec. 27.

2 HARTLAND (3-0)

Previous ranking: 2

Resume to date: Beat No. 10 Adrian Lenawee Christian 61-40; No. 17 Saginaw Heritage 37-26; Okemos 41-23.

Up next: vs. Bay City John Glenn at Motor City Roundball Classic on Dec. 28.

3 EAST LANSING (5-0)

Previous ranking: 3

Resume to date: Beat No. 4 Pewamo-Westphalia 40-27; No. 25 Williamston 49-30; Lansing Waverly 75-11; No. 21 Haslett 82-47; DeWitt 62-38.

Up next: home vs. No. 1 Detroit Edison, Jan. 7

4 DETROIT RENAISSANCE (5-0)

Previous ranking: 8

Resume to date: Beat No. 25 West Bloomfield 62-49; No. 18 Wayne Memorial 74-40; No. 5 East Kentwood 49-47; Detroit CMA 62-16; Detroit Henry Ford 92-8.

Up next: vs. Flint Kearsley at Skyline Showcase on Dec. 28

5 FLINT CARMAN-AINSWORTH (5-0)

Previous ranking: 6

Resume to date: Beat Flint Kearsley 57-51; Flushing 38-30; Davison 43-29; Grand Blanc 64-35; No. 23 Grass Lake 58-55.

Up next: home vs. No. 21 Goodrich on Dec. 27

6 PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA (4-1)

Previous ranking: 4

Resume to date: Beat No. 13 Southfield A&T 43-31; Portland St. Patrick 59-19; Fulton 68-13; Laingsburg 40-17; Lost to No. 3 East Lansing 40-27.

Up next: vs. No. 15 Grass Lake at GVSU Holiday Classic on Jan. 4.

7 EAST GRAND RAPIDS (4-1)

Previous ranking: 9

Resume to date: Beat Lowell 65-36; No. 7 Kalamazoo Central 66-57; No. 5 East Kentwood 50-43; Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 62-35; Lost to No. 20 Hudsonville 59-55.

Up next: vs. No. 13 Southfield A&T at Motor City Roundball Classic on Dec. 27

8 ADRIAN LENAWEE CHRISTIAN (4-1)

Previous ranking: 10

Resume to date: Beat No. 15 Michigan Center 59-48; Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 64-30; No. 7 Kalamazoo Central 61-40; Plymouth Christian 79-45; Lost to No. 2 Hartland 61-40.

Up next: home vs. Fowler on Jan. 8

9 BIRMINGHAM MARIAN (4-0)

Previous ranking: 11

Resume to date: Beat Warren Cousino 69-11; No. 16 St. Clair Shores Lakeview 55-32; Auburn Hills Avondale 40-39; Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 38-26.

Up next: at No. 14 Saginaw Heritage on Jan. 3.

10 BRIGHTON (3-0)

Previous ranking: 12

Resume to date: Beat Marquette 45-34; Grandville 47-21; Harper Woods Chandler Park 50-42.

Up next: vs. No. 16 Ypsilanti Arbor Prep at Motor City Roundball Classic on Dec. 30.

11 HUDSONVILLE (5-0)

Previous ranking: 20

Resume to date: Beat Traverse City West 69-8; Traverse City Central 69-15; No. 9 East Grand Rapids 59-55; Marshall 67-32; Hudsonville Unity Christian 47-25.

Up next: home vs. Jenison on Jan. 3.

12 ANN ARBOR HURON (6-0)

Previous ranking: N/R

Resume to date: Beat River Rouge 68-16; Muskegon 70-45; No. 18 Wayne Memorial 67-58; No. 14 Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 62-49; Flat Rock 61-45; Harper Woods Chandler Park 53-49.

Up next: vs. St. Ignace at Motor City Roundball Classic on Dec. 27.

13  SOUTHFIELD A&T (4-1)

Previous ranking: 13

Resume to date: Beat Auburn Hills Avondale 52-39; Hammond (Ind.) Bishop Noll 60-40; Royal Oak 61-25; Clarkston 60-54; Lost to No. 4 Pewamo-Westphalia 43-31.

Up next:vs. No. 7 East Grand Rapids at Motor City Roundball Classic on Dec. 27.

14 SAGINAW HERITAGE (4-1)

Previous ranking: 17

Resume to date: Beat Grand Blanc 57-30; Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 47-5; Saginaw Arthur Hill 69-26; Saginaw 63-25; Lost to No. 2 Hartland 37-26.

Up next: home vs. No. 9 Birmingham Marian on Jan. 3.

15 GRASS LAKE (5-1)

Previous ranking: 23

Resume to date: Beat Ann Arbor Pioneer 60-54; Parma Western 66-33; Springport 58-49; East Jackson 65-16; No. 15 Michigan Center 51-46; Lost to No. 6 Flint Carman-Ainsworth 58-55.

Up next: vs. No. 6 Pewamo-Westphalia at GVSU Holiday Classic on Jan. 4.

16 YPSILANTI ARBOR PREP (5-2)

Previous ranking: 14

Resume to date: Beat Redford Union 83-9; Clarkston 68-55; Belleville 68-40; Carleton-Airport 62-53; Westland John Glenn 50-36; Lost to Ann Arbor Huron 62-49; South Bend (Ind.) Washington 57-48.

Up next: vs. No. 13 Southfield A&T at Skyline Classic on Dec. 28.

17 MACOMB DAKOTA (4-0)

Previous ranking: 19

Resume to date: Beat Berkley 59-47; Romeo 59-31; Clinton Twp. Chippewa Valley 63-35; Grosse Pointe North 44-30.

Up next: vs. South Lyon east at Northville on Dec. 27.

18 EAST KENTWOOD (3-2)

Previous ranking: 5

Resume to date: Beat Byron Center 48-43; Muskegon 31-23; Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 73-45; Lost to No. 8 Detroit Renaissance, 49-47; No. 9 East Grand Rapids 50-43.

Up next: home vs. Hamilton on Jan. 3.

19 WEST BLOOMFIELD (4-1)

Previous ranking: T25

Resume to date: Beat River Rouge 74-28; No. 24 Walled Lake Western 67-49; Birmingham Groves 78-48; Stoney Creek 49-37; Lost to No. 8 Detroit Renaissance.

Up next: vs. Royal Oak Shrine on Dec. 27.

20 BYRON (5-0)

Previous ranking: N/R

Resume to date: Beat No. 22 Goodrich 61-43; Ovid-Elsie 59-15; Carleton-Airport 53-42; Montrose 61-21; Chesaning 48-32.

Up next: home vs. Mt. Morris on Jan. 7.

21 GOODRICH (3-1)

Previous ranking: 22

Resume to date: Beat Owosso 64-19; Flint Kearsley 54-46; Corunna 67-33; Lost to Byron 61-43.

Up next: vs. No. 5 Flint Carman Ainsworth on Dec. 27.

22 WILLIAMSTON (5-1)

Previous ranking: T25

Resume to date: Beat Bath 64-16; Portland 52-42; St. Johns 55-46; Lansing Catholic 51-37; Fowlerville 58-8; Lost to No. 3 East Lansing.

Up next: vs. Chicago (Ill.) Lindblom at Motor City Roundball Classic on Dec. 28.

23 SALINE (6-0)

Previous ranking: N/R

Resume to date: Beat Brownstown Woodhaven 77-32; Salem 58-42; Trenton 64-13; Livonia Stevenson 62-32; Dearborn Henry Ford Academy 71-24; Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 61-33.

Up next: home vs. Traverse City West on Jan. 4.

24 ANN ARBOR PIONEER (4-1)

Previous ranking: N/R

Resume to date: Beat Howell 43-35; Belleville 54-25; Detroit Edison (Black) 45-35; Flint Powers 34-21; Lost to No. 23 Grass Lake 60-54.

Up next: vs. Westland John Glenn on Dec. 28.

25 FRANKENMUTH (5-0)

Previous ranking: N/R

Resume to date: Beat Corunna 57-39; Reese 42-19; Birch Run 62-32; Standish-Sterling 54-50; Bridgeport 51-40.

Up next: vs. DeWitt at Motor City Roundball Classic on Dec. 28.

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HONORABLE MENTION: Dexter (5-0), Port Huron (7-0), Menominee (5-0), Three Rivers (4-0), Midland (5-0), Grand Rapids Christian (5-0), Rockford (4-0), Bay City John Glenn (6-0), Kent City (6-0), Chelsea (5-0). 

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DROPPED OUT: No. 7 Kalamazoo Central (3-3), No. 15 Michigan Center (3-3); No. 16 St. Clair Shores Lakeview (2-2); No. 18 Wayne Memorial (0-3); No. 21 Haslett (3-3); No. 24 Walled Lake Western (4-2).

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