By Kevin Armstrong
March 18, 2009

The action was out West last week. In California, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) lost for the second time in as many weeks and watched its once promising campaign end short of the state finals. Meanwhile, McClymonds continued to win as the Warriors beat Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.) 46-43 to set up a battle against Los Angeles power Westchester in the Division I title game on Saturday.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
Last Week: 1
Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) (38-0)
Next: April 3 vs. Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.) in National High School Invitational in North Bethesda, Md.
Last Week: 2
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) (30-0)
Next: April 3 vs. Mountain State Academy (Beckley, W.Va.) in National High School Invitational in North Bethesda, Md.
Last Week: 3
St. Patrick's (Elizabeth, N.J.) (28-3)
George Mason-bound Paris Bennett scored 17 points as the Celtics cruised past Paterson (N.J.) Catholic for a 79-54 win. The Garden State's top program then downed Trenton Catholic (Hamilton, N.J.) 76-62 for the Non-Public B state title.
Next: Friday vs. Lenape (Medford)-Neptune winner in the Tournament of Champions in Trenton.
Last Week: 4
Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) (20-2)
Next: April 3 vs. Friends Central (Wynnewood, Pa.) in National High School Invitational, North Bethesda, Md.
Last Week: 5
St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) (23-2)
Next: April 3 vs. St. Frances (Baltimore) in National High School Invitational, North Bethesda, Md.
Last Week: 6
Westchester (Los Angeles) (34-2)
The Comets grinded out a 55-54 victory over Fairfax (Los Angeles) as USC recruit Dwayne Polee hit the winning shot. A 53-39 win over upstart King (Riverside) makes them the state title favorite.
Next: Saturday vs. McClymonds (Oakland) in Division I title game.
Last Week: 8
Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) (28-0)
The Royals continue to roll with a 94-39 win over St. Louis Park (Minneapolis) and a 102-55 defeat of North (Minneapolis). Tuesday's 88-68 victory over Wayzata gave Minnesota's top team the Class 4A Section 6 title.
Next: State playoffs, TBD.
Last Week: 14
Fayetteville (Ark.) (30-0)
Fred Gulley (21 points) scored more than half his team's points in a 40-34 win over Rogers (Ark.) for the 7A state title.
Next: Season complete.
Last Week: 9
Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.) (19-1)
Donnovan Kirk (20 points) sparked the 73-53 win over Detroit's Crockett to reach the Class B regional semifinal.
Next: TBD.
Last Week: 7
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (31-2)
The Monarchs lost for the second straight week, this time 79-64 to Fairfax (Los Angeles).
Next: Season complete.
Last Week: 11
Strake Jesuit (Houston) (37-1)
It was close, but the Jesuits fell 48-44 to DeSoto in the state 5A semifinals.
Next: Season complete.
Last Week: 12
South (Bloomington, Ind.) (24-0)
Erik Fromm (14 points) led the way in a 61-50 victory over New Albany.
Next: Saturday vs. Franklin Central (Indianapolis).
Last Week: 13
South (Atlanta) (29-3)
Naismith Award winner Derrick Favors capped his career with 38 points and 15 rebounds as the Hornets defeated Westover (Albany, Ga.) 81-62 for the 3A title.
Next: Season complete.
Last Week: 16
Christ School (Arden, N.C.) (36-2)
Next: Season complete.
Last Week: 15
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) (22-3)
Idle. Next: Thursday vs. Bishop Walsh (Cumberland, Md.).
Last Week: 20
Rice (Harlem, N.Y.) (23-3)
Miami-bound Durand Scott (27 points) was clutch as the Raiders won the New York Catholic High School Athletic Association Class AA intersectional crown, beating Christ the King (Middle Village) 67-58.
Next: March 28 vs. New York City Public School Athletic League AA champion.
Last Week: 17
Franklin (Seattle) (28-1)
Won the 3A state title, the school's sixth state championship overall, by beating Columbia River (Vancouver) 51-34.
Next: Season complete.
Last Week: 24
McClymonds (Oakland) (29-1)
The Warriors slipped past Monte Vista (Danville), 46-43, to reach the Division I title game.
Next: Saturday vs. Westchester (Los Angeles)
Last Week: 19
Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) (26-5)
Next: Thursday vs. Cathedral (Hamilton, Ontario).
Last Week: 20
Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)(25-4)
The Royals lost to Rice, 67-58, in the CHSAA title game.
Next: Season complete.
Last Week: 18
Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia) (26-3)
Archbishop Carroll (Radnor) surprised the Saints with a 70-65 win in the Class AAA quarterfinals.
Next: Season complete.
Last Week: 22
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (26-2)
Next: Season complete.
Last Week: NR
Fairfax (Los Angeles) (27-5)
Jordan Weathers (23 points) led the way as the Lions defeated Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 79-64 and then fell to Westchester (Los Angeles) 55-54.
Next: Season complete.
Last Week: 24
Thornton (Harvey, Ill.) (29-1)
Reggie Smith (17 points, seven assists) did it all as the Lancers routed Belleville Eat 71-44.
Next: Friday vs. Young in Class 4A semifinal.
Last Week: 25
LeFlore (Montgomery, Ala.) (29-3)
Next: Season complete.

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