'Topper girls are 9th in new poll

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The Santa Fe Demons kept their hold on the top spot in girls basketball in this week’s MaxPreps.com state Class 4A rankings.
The rankings were updated Sunday on the website, which is the information nerve center of most prep sports in the state.
Santa Fe kept its spot at the top of the heap despite taking its first loss of the season. Santa Fe had been the lone team in the state, boys or girls, without a blemish, but fell Jan. 29 to a very tough Santa Fe Indian School team.
In those ranking, the Los Alamos girls are in the No. 9 position, earning a strength rating of 15.6.
Throughout this season, the top 4A girls team has enjoyed only the slimmest of power rating cushions throughout this season and this week is no exception. However, the team the Demons are keeping at bay has changed. Los Lunas now holds the No. 2 ranking in the state, while Gallup, which has lost three of its last five contests, tumbled to No. 4.
The power rating difference between the Demons and Los Lunas’ Tigers is a miniscule .3 points.
In the boys rankings, Los Alamos (1-19) remains the 26th and final team on the Class 4A charts. It is still in negative range in the overall strength ratings.
Roswell remains the top-rated team in 4A boys basketball, where it has been all season, with its mark of 27.4. St. Pius X moved ahead of Capital, which slipped to third place following its loss to Bernalillo.
Bernalillo, which is atop the District 2 standings, moved up to fifth place among boys squads. Española Valley is ranked eighth overall.
Bernalillo is Los Alamos’ lone 2-4A opponent this week. Those two teams will face off Saturday night in Bernalillo.
In girls rankings, Roswell is No. 3 and the Hilltoppers’ arch-rival, Española Valley, is sitting at No. 5. St. Pius, Valencia and Miyamura are also ranked ahead of Los Alamos.
The Hilltoppers (12-10) play Bernalillo, the next-to-last rated team in 4A, Friday at Griffith Gym.