Area girls basketball teams continue to shine which is evidenced by three of the five teams in the Ladue-Frontenac Patch coverage area being ranked in the top 10 in the latest Missouri basketball rankings.
The two Rams' teams (Ladue and MICDS) remain undefeated at 12-0 for the season.
"I know the girls are excited about the ranking," Ladue Coach Cord Dockery said. "I try not to get too involved with it myself. Regardless of the rankings our main goal is to try and win our conference which Ladue has not done since maybe 2001-02 and then we will have to shift our focus to districts and see how we do there."
Ladue has been dominant in most of their wins. Ten of its 12 wins have come by double digits, including its last seven.
The Rams showed they can win without production from their top scorer. Taylor Robinson was in foul trouble through most of a 56-33 victory over Seckman last week and finished with just four points before fouling out. Lauren Maclin picked up the slack with 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. Robinson sprained her ankle Friday and missed nearly the entire game with Affton.
MICDS continues to get production from different players in its best start in school history. Hannah Akre has provided energy off the bench throughout the season but had only scored 18 points in 11 games coming into last week's game against Lutheran South. She almost equaled that total against the Lancers as she scored 16 points in a 61-30 victory. Akre missed just two shots in the game, converting six of eight from the field and all four free throw attempts.
MICDS has won 24 of its last 26 games going back to last season. Coach Scott Small puts little importance in the current ranking.
"It is a nice honor but I don't put a lot of stock in those," Small said of the ranking.
St. Joe's had a great showing in the Naples Daily News Holiday Shootout in Florida, finishing second among the 16 teams in the tournament which featured some of the top teams in the country.
The win over duPont Manual was the highlight and came because of almost perfect free throw shooting. The Angels missed just two of 31 tries, all of them important in a three-point game.
Erin Nelson (6-for-6), Kate Ruppe (5-for-5) and Sam Stirmlinger (4-for-4) were all perfect from the line. Morgan Stock and Maddie Stock were each 7-for-8.
Sydney Stipanovich had another near triple-double with 20 points, 16 rebounds and nine blocked shots agaisnt duPont Manual. She had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in the championship game.
John Burroughs, which had not played a game since Dec. 9, won a game in the McAllister's Classic Tournament at Parkway West. The Bombers showed some rust in an opening round loss to Marquette but had good moments in a loss to McCluer North and won the consolation championship 59-55 over Parkway West. Leah Johnson was named to the All-Tournament team.
Burroughs will have a big test Friday night as it plays MICDS.
Villa Duchesne had a road game with Lutheran South on Saturday.