News4Jax girls basketball Super 6: Raines, Ribault on the way up in latest rankings

The Super 6 basketball polls are published Wednesday (girls) and Thursday (boys) during the regular season.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4Jax Super 6 girls basketball rankings will be published each Wednesday during the regular season with the exception of a break for the holidays. Records are through Jan. 12 games.

Super 6 girls basketball rankings

Rank, (Previous), School, Record, Classification, Record

1. (1) Oakleaf (13-0, Class 7A)

Notable wins: Bishop Kenny, Jackson, Mandarin, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra.

Why they’re here: Just one game since our last Super 6, a 75-22 blowout of Middleburg. They have two more games this week, including a Thursday home game against Super 6 team Nease. Next week is far more challenging for the Knights. They travel to Hawthorne (9-3) on Monday, Flagler Palm Coast (9-4) on Tuesday and Parker (6-6) on Wednesday.

2. (3) Raines (13-4), Class 4A

Notable wins: Bishop Kenny, Flagler Palm Coast, Hawthorne, Jackson, Lake Mary, Ribault, Sandalwood, Valdosta.

Why they’re here: A smooth 3-0 week for the Vikings since our last Super 6, with a pair of solid wins in that stretch. Raines beat Flagler Palm Coast handily (61-31) and followed that a day later with a 48-32 win over a strong Hawthorne team. They’ll look to try and win the Gateway Conference tournament this week. The Vikings hammered Baldwin on Tuesday (60-17) and face an always strong Parker in the semifinals Wednesday. Then, it’s a likely showdown against Ribault in Friday’s final. The Trojans have a tough assignment first against Jackson. Four losses for Raines isn’t bad. None of those have come to local teams (DME Academy, Orlando Colonial, Spruce Creek and Tallahassee’s Florida High). Those teams are a combined 41-14.

3. (4) Ribault (12-3, Class 4A)

Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Bishop Kenny, Colonial, Dr. Phillips, Fletcher, Legacy Early College, Mandarin, Parker.

Why they’re here: Trojans coasted since our last Super 6, hammering Ridge Community (67-35) and then romping over two Gateway teams in the tournament in Sandalwood (54-29) and previously unbeaten Fletcher (63-10). The Senators entered that game 15-0. Ribault has a tough Jackson team in a Wednesday conference semifinal before a likely showdown against rival Raines in the final on Friday at 7 p.m. That game would be played at Raines. Ribault has won five consecutive games.

4. (2) Nease (14-3, Class 7A)

Notable wins: Columbia, Gateway, Lake Mary, Oak Ridge, Ponte Vedra, Providence, St. Augustine, Spruce Creek.

Why they’re here: Back-to-back losses for the Panthers to Spruce Creek (75-65) and Bishop Kenny (55-47) drop the Panthers from their No. 2 spot. They bounced back with a 58-13 blowout of Menendez on Tuesday. The big test this week is at No. 1 Oakleaf on Thursday. Nease has split with Spruce Creek this season and handed the Hawks one of their three losses. G Sydney Gomes (21.8 ppg) continues to hover near the top of the area in the scoring column.

5. (5) St. Augustine (14-1, Class 5A)

Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Flagler Palm Coast, Mandarin, New Smyrna Beach, Ocala West Port, Ponte Vedra.

Why they’re here: Just one game since our last Super 6, a solid 47-29 win over Ponte Vedra last Friday. Not a lot of meat left on the schedule for the Yellow Jackets, who very well could march to the end of the regular season without another loss. Their lone defeat was a 53-50 OT game against Nease on Dec. 9. They’ve won nine straight since that game.

6. (6) Jackson (10-3, Class 3A)

Notable wins: Episcopal, Middleburg, Parker, Providence, University Christian.

Why they’re here: A 2-1 week for the Tigers since our last Super 6, with wins over Atlantic Coast (68-21) and Sandalwood (53-46), and a double OT loss to University Christian (71-60). The Tigers have a difficult task on tap Wednesday night against Ribault in the Gateway semifinals. Jackson hangs on to the No. 6 spot this week over unbeaten St. Joseph and a hot Bartram Trail.

Others: Bartram Trail (11-6, Class 7A); Bishop Kenny (9-7), Class 4A; Bishop Snyder (15-4, Class 3A); Columbia (8-3, Class 6A); Episcopal (9-4, Class 3A); Flagler Palm Coast (9-4, Class 8A); Fleming Island (6-3, Class 6A); Fletcher (15-1, Class 6A); Mandarin (10-6, Class 7A); North Florida Educational (6-0, Class 2A); Parker (6-6, Class 5A); Ponte Vedra (9-5, Class 5A); University Christian (6-8, Class 3A).

About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.