(1-1-18)  The new year will start with a new #1 team in the SSN National Public HS Girls Basketball Rankings. #1 Hopkins, who moved to the top spot just last week, lost to Eastview 66-56, with the loss they drop out of the Top 10, but could return later down the road.

The new #1 team is Mercer County, who lost their opening game of the season to current #5 Riverdale, but has bounced back with a good run, including winning the Naples Holiday Shootout Tournament this past week.

Three new schools enter the Top 10 for the first time, Eastview, who beat Hopkins jumps in at #4,  North Allegheny is #9 and Newark is #10.

#4 Edwardsville had an impressive week going across the state line from Illinois to Missouri to play at the Visitation Christmas Tournament and the Tigers became the first Illinois team to win the event. Included in their tournament wins, they beat Kirkwood, the defending Class 5 Missouri state champions and Incarnate Word, the defending Class 4 Missouri  state champions, in less than 24 hours. The Tigers’ Kate Martin was named the MVP of the tournament.

Hoover, Las Cruces, Riverdale, Winter Haven and Eagle all moved up in the Top 10.

Three teams drop out this week, including #1 Hopkins,  #4 Appleton North lost two games at the Tampa Christmas Invitational and #10 Sand Springs Page lost all three of their games they played in the Oklahoma Tournament of Champions.

SSN National Public HS Girls Basketball Rankings- 1-1-18- Week 3

  1. (2) Mercer County (Harrodsburg, Ky.) (13-1)-won Naples Holiday Shootout Tournament
  2. (3) Hoover (Ala) (17-0) –
  3. (5) Edwardsville (Ill.) (14-0)-won Visitation Christmas Tournament
  4. (NR) Eastview (Apple Valley, Minn) 10-0- beat #1 Hopkins
  5. (6) Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (15-1)
  6. (7) Winter Haven (Fla) (12-0)
  7. (8) Los Cruces (New Mexico) (14-0)-won Holiday Hoopla Tournament
  8. (9) Eagle, (Idaho) (13-0)
  9. (NR) North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.) (8-0)-wins Wright Automotive Holiday Tournament
  10. (NR) Newark (Ohio) (9-0)-finished 2017 with 50-37 over Homewood Flossmoor (Ill)

Dropped Out-
(1) Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) (11-1) lost to Eastview 66-56
(4) Appleton North (Wisc)(6-2) lost 2 games at Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational, Uxbridge Academy 58-46 & Boca Raton 45-42
(10) Page (Sand Springs, Okla.) (8-3) went 0-3 at Oklahoma TOC