Ray Curren's SCC Basketball Power Rankings


1. Guilford (6-0; Last Week: 1)

Indians enjoy holidays with two-week layoff.

2. Hamden (7-0; LW 2)

Dragons took it very easy on Hyde Saturday.

3. Shelton (6-0; LW 3)

Derby put up a fight before falling late.

4. Branford (5-1; LW 4)

Battle of the Carforas Thursday in East Haven.

5. Mercy (5-1; LW 5)

Tigers will take their shot at King Guilford this week.

6. Derby (5-2; LW 7)

Bartone among conference's best players.

7. Cheshire (6-1; LW 9)

Rams playing lots of close games, but winning.

8. Cross (3-5; LW 10)

Effort against Norwalk very promising.

9. Career (2-5; LW 6)

Unable to put entire 32-minute game together.

10. Sheehan (4-3; LW 8)

Tough loss to perennial SWC power Lauralton Hall.

11. Hillhouse (3-3; LW 11)

Miller needs some help from rest for Acs to move up.

12. Sacred Heart (4-3; LW 13)

Over/under on SHA-Mercy game: 60.

13. East Haven (2-5; LW 12)

Father couldn't stop daughter last year, either.

14. Amity (1-5; LW 14)

Like the boys, girls get no break from schedule.

15. Hand (2-5; LW 16)

22 points against Mercy does not help confidence.

16. West Haven (1-6; LW 15)

Spurts of good play, but no consistency.

17. North Haven (2-5; LW 17)

Two wins with an asterisk next to them.

18. Lyman Hall (1-6; LW 18)

Trojans last SCC team to get into win column.


Ashley Miller, Shelton

Miller took MVP honors in the Shelton Christmas Tournament as the Gaels remained undefeated by beating Derby and Bridgeport Central last week.



Combined points Mercy allowed in rolling its way to the title in the Lyman Hall Christmas Tournament, including 22 in the final against Hand. Mercy's defense will be tested Saturday when the Tigers travel to Guilford.


Mercy at Guilford, Saturday, 7 p.m.

If Mercy can slow Guilford down long enough to use it, the Tigers' size could play a big factor. But on the road, that's asking a lot. The key may be what Mercy can learn for later on in the season.


1. Cross (4-1; LW 2)

Big boys inside tough for most to defend.

2. Hamden (4-1; LW 3)

Has an argument for No. 1, but still has the ND loss.

3. Career (3-1; LW 1)

Cross' size just too much for Panthers.

4. Shelton (4-0; LW 6)

Gaels will be tested this weekend by North Haven.

5. Fairfield Prep (4-1; LW 4)

Will not go down easily for anyone.

6. Sheehan (4-2; LW 9)

Townsend may be SCCs MVP thus far.

7. Notre Dame (3-1; LW 7)

Big win over Morgan very impressive.

8. Guilford (4-1; LW 13)

If Indians get hot, they could be trouble.

9. North Haven (2-2; LW 5)

Long layoff for Indians could wreak havoc.

10. Branford (3-2; LW 16)

Young Hornets showing some spunk early on.

11. Amity (1-4; LW 8)

Spartans need a win for their own confidence.

12. Xavier (2-3; LW 15)

Falcons rebounding, but still have a way to go.

13. West Haven (2-3; LW 11)

Foul trouble played factor in Xavier loss.

14. Hillhouse (1-4; LW 14)

Acs are on the board after beating East Haven.

15. East Haven (3-3; LW 12)

Couldn't follow up historic win over Hillhouse.

16. Cheshire (2-3; LW 10)

Outscored by 33 in second half by Southington.

17. Hand (2-2; LW 17)

Hammonasset Division completely up for grabs

18. Lyman Hall (3-2; LW 18)

Two wins over Derby among three for Trojans.

19. Derby (1-5; LW 19)

Manning put up 30 in loss to Lyman Hall.


Ryan McKeefrey, Guilford

McKeefrey scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, as the Indians went 2-0 in the Branford Lions Festival last week. A 6-1 forward, McKeefrey's shooting ability makes him tough to defend and Guilford a tough team to play.



Number of free throws Career and Cross attempted in last Thursday's 77-65 Governors victory at Cross. The Governors committed 31 fouls, 19 in the second half, and still prevailed. By the end of the game, four players had fouled out (three on Cross), and four others had four fouls. Four more had three fouls.


Shelton at North Haven, Saturday, 7 p.m.

The Gaels have been a mild surprise, while the Indians have been a mild disappointment this season. But can Shelton get a big interdivision win on the road? Its size will be a factor, but the Indians have the offense to overcome it if they shoot well.