When was the last time Western and Walbrook did not stand alone atop the City-Wide girls basketball league's division standings?
This year, however, Poly (5-0, 8-3) is undefeated in Division I along with Western (4-0, 10-0), and Southwestern (5-0, 5-0) is unbeaten in Division II, with two more league victories than Walbrook (3-0, 5-2).
It's remarkable that Poly and Southwestern have been able to stay with the two perennial powers so far. The dominance of Western and Walbrook is easily documented.
Western went 27-0 last season, winning all 14 of its division contests. Walbrook also won all of its division games last year, finishing 15-5 overall. The year before, Western was 13-0 in division play and Walbrook lost to no team other than Western.
In 1987-88, Walbrook (23-1) won all its division games and Western lost only to Walbrook before beating the Warriors for the championship. Walbrook edged Western in 1986-87.
And so it has been all along, until this season. This is not to say Western and Walbrook won't eventually pull away. In fact, it could all change by tonight, since Poly was headed next door to face top-ranked Western today and Southwestern was slated to visit Lake Clifton.
"It's our best start since 1976-77," said Arlene Scott, who has coached Southwestern for all but two seasons since 1973.
Senior guard Norma Ragin has been the top gun for Southwestern, scoring at a 23.8 clip. Takada Hines, Kermitra Wilson, Lisa Waltford and Nicole Hooks also are contributing at both ends of the court.
* In yesterday's Catholic Basketball League matchups, Mount St. Joseph (3-0) slipped by Cardinal Gibbons (2-1), 79-78. Brian Dunn's turnaround baseline jumper won it.
Elsewhere, St. Frances (2-2) topped St. Maria Goretti (1-2), 57-37; Loyola (3-1) defeated Curley (0-4), 84-37; and Calvert Hall (2-2) downed Towson Catholic (1-2), 45-38.