Indiana girls high school basketball power rankings for the South Bend area

The Washington girls basketball team continues to build its reputation as one of the best teams in the state.

The Class 4A No. 1 Panthers, as expected, are at the top of the High School Hoops performance rankings.

Washington improved to 6-0 on Tuesday night with an 85-15 Northern Indiana Conference win in Saint Joseph. The Panthers, now 4-0 in the NIC, are ranked 15th nationally by ESPN.

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Coach Steve Reynolds’ team, which went 28-3 a season ago and won the Class 3A state title, opened a few more eyes at their Nov. 18 competition in Penn. Washington trailed the hosts Kingsmen by 20-11 after the opening period before storming back for an 86-45 NIC win. Star guard Rashunda Jones went 8-of-8 from 3-point land for a game-high 32 points.