College Basketball News' 11-20 Prep teams
Lorenzo Thompson leads #20 Crane
Lorenzo Thompson leads #20 Crane

Posted Feb 17, 2003

The second half of the College Basketball News' top twenty remained virtual the same as only Maywood (IL) Proviso East fell out after a tough overtime loss to West Aurora and. Playoffs begin in most states next week, which means more shuffling could happen by next week's poll.

11. Memphis (TN) White Station (25-2)

The Spartans beat Kirby 91-57 as Travis Strong scored 18 points to led five double figures. Leon Pattman had 15 points and Courtney Pigram scored 14. Quentin Marion had eleven and J.P. Prince added ten.


They play at Overton Tuesday.


12. Los Angeles (CA) Fairfax (23-2)

The Lions defeated Venice 79-51 as guard Kevin Bell, who signed with Louisiana-Lafayette next season, had 21 points and ten assists. Josh Shipp added 15 points and eight rebounds. The Lions play Sylmar (17-10) in the City Championship in the first round on the 21st and are a #2 seed, behind Westchester. The two teams split their two regular season match-ups, so a coin flip was used to determine the top seed. Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani called heads, and the coin came up tails, it gave Westchester top billing in the Championship Division.


13. Springfield (MO) Kickapoo (22-1)

The Chiefs scored the first 17 points of the game and sailed to a 76-43 win over Glendale at Hammons Student Center. The win was 400th at Kickapoo for head coach Roy Green, who is 400-160 in 20 seasons at the school. Southwest Missouri State signee Deven Mitchell led four Kickapoo players in double figures with 19 points, 10 in the first quarter. Brandon Argo added 17 points, Creighton signee Anthony Tolliver had 16 and Missouri recruit Spencer Laurie scored twelve. Tolliver added 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.


They play at Rolla Tuesday.


14. Bakersfield (CA) Garces Memorial (29-1)

The Rams defeated Tehachapi 93-39 to run its South Sequoia League record to 9-0. Anthony Esparza scored 23 points, including 19 in the first half in the win. 6-7 Zach Ryan scored 17 points and Nevada signee Kyle Shiloh added 15. 7-0 junior center Robert Swift had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Garces.


Swift is averaging 19.6 points per game and Ryan is contributing 17 points per contest. 


15. Aurora (IL) West Aurora (20-2)

The Blackhawks overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and defeated previous #16 Proviso East 71-69 in overtime on a 14-foot jump shot by Jaeh Thomas with a second left.. Thomas, who scored his team's final six points, finished with 16. He had just three at the half. Marquette signee Dameon Mason scored 33 with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and no turnovers. He made 12 of 19 from the field and nine of ten on free throws. Mason is averaging 22 points per game. Junior Justin Cerasoli is averaging 14 points and Thomas is adding ten points per contest.


16. Baton Rouge (LA) Woodlawn (31-0)

Woodlawn High defeated Denham Springs 69-53 after trailing by 11 points two minutes into the second half, the Panthers used a 31-4 run in a seven-minute span. They are the defending 5A champion and won its 46th straight game. Woodlawn's entire starting five scored in double figures. Kentrell Gransberry and Roshon Jacobs, a University of Louisiana at Monroe football signee scored 16 points each. Gransberry also had 11 rebounds. J'Quincy Jones added 14 points, Ladell Eackles had eleven points and LSU signee Darnell Lazare finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals.


17. Fort Worth (TX) Dunbar (32-1)

Lance Jackson scored 25 points and Jeremis Smith added 24 as Dunbar defeated Fort Worth (TX) Poly 71-62. The win gave head coach Robert Hughes a record 1,275 victories. They defeated Carter 70-65 as Smith had 29 points and Jackson scored 19. Dominique Williams added ten points in the win. Jackson is averaging 23.3 points per game and smith is contributing 21.7 points. They face the winner of Wichita Falls Rider/Lewisville Hebron this weekend


18.  Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick (17-4)

The Celtics will play the winner of Scotch Plains vs. Brearley on February 22nd at the Dunn Center in the Union County Tournament and will face Newark Academy March 5 in the parochial B playoffs.


6-8 freshman Derrick Caracter will sit out three weeks, due to an academic suspension. The Celtics will add the service of Devon Moffatt, who transferred from Clifton, where he averaged 19 points per game. He’ll have to sit out until March 9th.


19. Los Angeles (CA) Westchester (25-3)

The Comets won two conference games beating Hamilton 143-51 and University 85-43 as UCLA signee Trevor Ariza had 37 points and senior guard Bobby Brown added 23 points


Scott Cutley, who signed with Kent State, had 20 points and twelve rebounds in the win over University. Ariza added 16 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists for Westchester


The Comets face 17-8 Franklin in the City Championship in the first round on the 21st.


20. Chicago (IL) Crane (23-0)

The Cougars moved into the top 20 as they defeated Hubbard 86-63 in the Public League quarterfinals. Crane jumped out to a 15-4 lead and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. The Cougars were led by Lorenzo Thompson's 22 points and Carl Marshall scored 15 of his 21 points in the third quarter. Tremel Gilot scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half for Crane. They recently had their one loss to Farragut reversed as Farragut was ruled to have used an ineligible player. They will face defending state champion Westinghouse in the semifinals.  

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