We thought long and hard about dropping Braintree after a 51-42 loss to top girls' basketball recruit, Mercedes Russell and Springfield (Ore.), at the Hoophall Classic on Friday. But eventually it came down to Massachusetts. We did not think the Wamps should be penalized for losing to an out-of-state team, although they did play fairly well against the Millers.
Bottom line is, Braintree is still the best despite the loss.
And this means there isn't too much movement in this week's poll. The top 10 teams remain in place. The only changes take place in the bottom half of the poll.
No.13 Westford's loss caused some shifting, which allowed No. 11 Lynn English and No.12 Arlington Catholic each to move up one spot. Previously, unbeaten Ipswich's close loss to No.7 Pentucket caused them to drop to No.17, moving Andover up to No.14.
No.15 Fontbonne and No.16 St.Marry's both jumped two spots after No.18 Scituate and No.19 Lincoln-Sudbury suffered losses on Tuesday.
Next week's poll may see more changes in the top half because Medfield's first big test after a losing to Fontbonne earlier in the season comes Thursday, when they visit Archbishop Williams.