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Girls basketball coaches poll: Top 4 teams stand pat

Defense could very well be the difference maker in February in 6A state basketball. (Skyline athletics Twitter account)

The West Side has control of the top two spots of the 6A girls basketball coaches poll for the second week in a row.

Valley Vista is the clear favorite, snagging 10 of the 12 first-place votes, while Millennium grabbed the other two.

Only one Mesa-based team earned votes as Red Mountain moved up three spots into sixth place.

No other area team received any votes.

The comments that came with the rankings included one coach calling Xavier the “dark horse with the potential to beat anyone in 6A” while Pinnacle was labeled the “surprise team of 6A.”

Most of the top teams are headed to the Nike Tournament of Champions next week and should give everyone a better idea if one of the East Side squads will climb over Valley Vista and Millennium.

Here is a look at this week’s rankings:

6A Conference Coaches Girls Basketball Poll

Week 2 (12 coaches)

Team                   Last week        Points (first-place

1. Valley Vista (9-2)          1                        118 (10)

2. (tie) Millennium (7-0)    2                         102 (2)

2. Gilbert (8-2)                3                         102

4. Xavier (7-3)                 4                           70

5. Highland (7-3)             8                           52

6. Red Mountain (3-1)      9                           44

7. Pinnacle (8-0)              6                           40

8. Mountain Pointe (8-3)   –                           38

9. Hamilton (6-4)             5                           36

10. Perry (6-3)                7                           20

Dropped out: Desert Mountain

Others receiving votes: Desert Mountain 14, Dobson 8, Sandra Day O’Connor 2, Tucson 1.

– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to jskoda@mynewsmesa.com.

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