Mount Carmel makes inaugural appearance; St. Frances and Roland Park Country set to decide No. 1 


by Derek Toney
Off to one of its best starts, Our Lady of Mount Carmel High has earned its first ranking in the latest VSN’s Girls Basketball Top 20.
The Cougars, who share the No. 20 spot with Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, are tied for first in the IAAM B Conference with Mount de Sales Academy (7th) and St. Paul’s School (No. 15). Severna Park (No. 19) returns to the poll.
St. Frances Academy and Roland Park Country School remain in the top two spots. The IAAM A rivals meet Tuesday afternoon at Roland Park for first-place in the league.
McDonogh School, Poly and St. Vincent Pallotti round out the Top 5. Old Mill (12th) is the biggest mover in this week’s poll
Pictured above: Mount Carmel coach Rob Long (center) talks to his team during a timeout. For the first time, the Cougars are ranked in VSN’s Girls Basketball Top 20.
Here is the entire VSN Girls’ Basketball Top 20 for week 6:

VSN GIRLS BASKETBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 6

1.  ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (11-1)

Previous rank: #1

Last week: The Panthers went 3-0, defeating No. 3 McDonogh School (51-42), then-No. 12 John Carroll School (53-29) and then-No. 13 Archbishop Spalding (57-32).

This week: at No. 2 Roland Park Country School, Jan. 15; at Bishop McNamara, Jan. 17; vs. Whitney Young (IL), Rose Classic Super Jam at Nazareth (NY), Jan. 19; vs. Crestwood (CA), Rose Classic Super Jam, Jan. 20

 

2. ROLAND PARK COUNTRY SCHOOL (15-1)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: The Reds defeated Frederick, 80-61, at the Public vs. Private Challenge at McDonogh School; defeated Institute of Notre Dame, 53-29, and No. 14 St. John’s Catholic Prep, 57-32.

This week: vs. No. 1 St. Frances Academy, Jan. 15; at No. 5 St. Vincent Pallotti, Jan. 16

 

3. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (12-3)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: The Eagles lost to No. 1 St. Frances Academy, 51-41, and defeated No. 5 St. Vincent Pallotti, 47-24.

This week: vs. No. 14 John Carroll School, Jan. 16

 

 

4. POLY (9-2)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: The Engineers lost to New Hope Academy, 57-41, at the Public vs. Private Challenge at McDonogh School.

This week: vs. Patterson, Jan. 15

 

5. ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI (10-4)

Previous rank: #5

Last week: The Panthers defeated then-No. 13 Archbishop Spalding, 69-43, and lost to No. 3 McDonogh School, 47-24.

This week: vs. No. 2 Roland Park Country School, Jan. 16; at No. 13 St. John’s Catholic Prep, Jan. 18

 

6. PIKESVILLE (7-2)

Previous rank: #6

Last week: The Panthers defeated New Town, 64-22.

This week: vs. Owings Mills, Jan. 16; vs. Institute of Notre Dame, Basketball Academy at Morgan State University, Jan. 17; vs. Archbishop Spalding, Basketball Academy, Jan. 19

 

 

7. MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY (15-3)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: The Sailors defeated Aberdeen, 49-44, at the Public vs. Private Challenge at McDonogh School; defeated Glenelg Country School (49-36) and Notre Dame Prep (67-26). 

This week: vs. No. 15 St. Paul’s School, Jan. 19

 

8. HOWARD (9-2)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: The Lions lost to River Hill, 57-55, and defeated No. 9 Oakland Mills, 54-39.

This week: at Wilde Lake, Jan. 16; vs. Hammond, Jan. 18

 

9. SOUTH RIVER (10-1)

Previous rank: #10

Last week: The Seahawks defeated Maryvale Prep, 59-19, at the Public vs. Private Challenge at McDonogh School; defeated Southern (37-18) and North County (45-37).

This week: at No. 20 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, Jan. 15; vs. Annapolis, Jan. 18

10. OAKLAND MILLS (10-1)

Previous rank: #9

Last week: The Scorpions defeated Atholton, 62-37, and lost to then-No. 7 Howard, 54-39.

This week: vs. Mount Hebron, Jan. 16; at Centennial, Jan. 18

11. WESTERN (8-2)

Previous rank:#12

Last week: The Doves defeated New Era Academy, 88-0, and No. 17 City College, 69-53.

This week: vs. Mervo, Jan. 15; vs. Archbishop Spalding, Basketball Academy at Morgan State University, Jan. 18; vs. No. 20 Mount Carmel, Basketball Academy, Jan. 19

 

12. OLD MILL (10-1)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: The Patriots defeated Northeast, 75-36, and Annapolis, 79-40.

This week: vs. Broadneck, Jan. 15; at Glen Burnie, Jan. 18

 

13. ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC PREP (9-6)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: The Vikings defeated then-No. 12 John Carroll School, 71-58, and lost to No. 2 Roland Park Country School, 86-56.

This week: at Institute of Notre Dame, Jan. 16; vs. No. 5 St. Vincent Pallotti, Jan. 18

 

14. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL (5-8)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: The Patriots lost to then-No. 14 St. John’s Catholic Prep, 71-58, and No. 1 St. Frances Academy, 53-29.

This week: at No. 3 McDonogh School, Jan. 16; at Institute of Notre Dame, Jan. 18

 

15. ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL (10-1)

Previous rank: #16

Last week: The Gators defeated Maryvale Prep, 61-45, and St. Mary’s, 59-31.

This week: vs. Glenelg Country School, Jan. 16; at No. 7 Mount de Sales Academy, Jan. 18

 

16. RESERVOIR (9-2)

Previous rank: #18

Last week: The Gators defeated Wilde Lake, 68-45, and Hammond, 73-44.

This week: at Glenelg, Jan. 16; vs. Marriotts Ridge, Jan. 18

17. CITY COLLEGE (8-2)

Previous rank: #17

Last week: The Knights defeated St. Timothy’s School, 58-34, at the Public vs. Private Challenge at McDonogh School, and defeated Carver Vo-Tech, 78-14.

This week: at New Era Academy, Jan. 15; vs. Frederick, Jan. 16

18. COPPIN ACADEMY (10-3)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: The Eagles defeated LaPlata, 58-31.

This week: at Edmondson, Jan. 15; vs. Capital Christian Academy, Jan. 19

19. SEVERNA PARK (8-3)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: The Falcons defeated Broadneck, 50-13, and No. 20 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, 34-30.

This week: at North County, Jan. 15; at Southern, Jan. 17

 

20. OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (11-3)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: The Cougars defeated St. Timothy’s School, 43-29, and Gerstell Academy, 50-14.

This week:  vs. Forest Park, Basketball Academy at Morgan State University, Jan. 17; vs. No. 11 Western, Basketball Academy, Jan. 19

 

20. CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL (9-2)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: The Cougars defeated Meade, 56-43, and lost to Severna Park, 38-30.

This week: at Severna Park, Jan. 8; at Meade, Jan. 11