Newington is the new No. 1 team in the GameTimeCT Girls Basketball Poll. The Nor'Easters, who moved up from No. 2, won the Ridgefield Holiday Tournament with a convincing 51-40 win over the hosts.\u00a0 Despite the loss, Ridgefield moved up one spot in the poll to No. 4. Previous No. 1 Notre Dame-Fairfield picked up five first-place votes, falling to No. 2 after taking two losses in a holiday tournament in\u00a0New Jersey to perennial powerhouses Cardinal O\u2019Hara from Penn. and Immaculate Conception from NJ.\u00a0 Sacred Heart Academy and Holy Cross round out the top 5 after both teams rolled over all their opponents early in the season.\u00a0Sacred Heart, which made statewide news when its coach was suspended following a\u00a0lopsided, 93-4 victory over Lyman Hall on Monday night (after press time), picked up two first-place votes. Last season\u2019s No. 1 team, NFA, fell out of the poll after starting the season 0-4. Stamford and Mercy also dipped out of the Top 10 with East Hartford, New London and Simsbury joining the fray in the first poll of 2022. Things should start to get shaken up as teams now begin conference play. The GameTimeCT\u00a0Top 10 (Jan. 4) TEAM REC* PTS LAST CLASS 1. NEWINGTON (11) 6-0 524 2 L Latest results: Def. Windsor 55-34; EO Smith 54-41; Wethersfield 35-24; New Britain 43-20; Newtown 51-20; Ridgefield 51-40. This Week: at Glastonbury, Thur. 6:45; at Trumbull, Sat. 6:30. The Bottom Line: After winning Ridgefield Holiday Tournament, Newington now on a 23-game winning streak going back to 2020. 2. NOTRE DAME-FFLD. (5) 3-2 484 1 L Latest Results: Def Danbury 61-44; lost Cardinal OHara (PA) 66-42, Sat. 10 a.m.; lost Immaculate Conception (N.J.) 64-56; def. Thomaston 73-38; def. New London 72-48. This Week: vs Barlow, Wed. 7; vs Weston, Fri. 7. The Bottom Line: Two out-of-state losses did little to slow down Lancers who have dropped just one game in-state since 2019. 3. SACRED HEART ACADEMY (2) 2-0 478 3 MM Latest Results: Def. Stamford 83-48; Shelton 80-37. This Week: at Hamden, Thur. 7; vs Amity, Fri. 7. The Bottom Line: The first two games featured leading scorers coming off the bench. Who can slow down the Sharks offense as they enter play in the SCC? 4. RIDGEFIELD 4-1 366 5 LL Latest Results: Latest result: Def. Lauralton Hall 75-39; NFA 55-13; Westhill 51-11; John Jay (NY) 55-40; lost Newington 51-40. This Week: at Stamford, Tue. 6; vs Staples, Sat. 7. The Bottom Line: The Tigers have not lost to a FCIAC opponent since Feb. 10, 2020 when they fell to Staples, who they host Friday. 5. HOLY CROSS 4-0 318 10 M Latest Results:? Def. Derby 60-6; Mercy 55-51; Crosby 76-18; Woodland 66-31. This Week: at Wolcott, Tue. 7; at WCA, Fri. 7. The Bottom Line: After beating Mercy out of the SCC, the question becomes, who in the NVL can stop Holy Cross? 6. EAST HARTFORD 5-0 304 NR LL Latest Results: Def. East Catholic 75-47; Berlin 33-31; Manchester 48-38; South Windsor 47-37; Bunnell 52-38. This Week: at Enfield, Tue. 6; vs Bristol Eastern, Thur. 6:45. The Bottom Line: GameTimeCT 2021 MVP Shailyn Pinkney has the Hornets rolling early. 7. HAND 3-1 261 6 L Latest Result: Def. Hillhouse 53-44; lost New London 50-48; def. Thomaston 56-43; EO Smith 43-31. This Week: at Mercy, Fri. 7. The Bottom Line: Tough out-of-conference December schedule should only help Tigers as they enter SCC gauntlet. 8. NEW LONDON 5-1 241 NR LL Latest results: Def. Waterford 57-51; LaSalle Academy (RI) 63-56; Fitch 62-30; Ledyard 51-48; Hand 50-48; lost Notre Dame-Fairfield 72-48 This Week: vs NFA Wed. 7; vs East Lyme, Fri. 6:30. The Bottom Line: The Whalers have already surpassed last year\u2019s 4-win total in coach Tammy Milsaps second season at the helm. 9. SIMSBURY 5-0 215 NR L Latest Results: Def. Conard 47-19; Granby 46-26; Canton 57-24; Berlin 51-17; Avon 59-37. This Week: at Southington, Tue. 5:30; vs Manchester, Thur. 6:45; vs Tolland, Fri. 6:45. The Bottom Line: Junior Lauren Sabia is leading a talented group of upperclassmen who have been on fire. 10. ST. JOSEPH 2-1 206 4 MM Latest results: Lost Hillhouse 58-50; def. New Fairfield 41-17; Farmington 73-41 This Week: vs Norwalk, Tue. 7; vs Stamford, Sat. 2. The Bottom Line: Rebounded from opening-night loss nicely but now must run through always difficult FCIAC. Dropped Out: Norwich Free Academy (7), Stamford (8) and Mercy (9) Also receiving votes: Hamden (3-0) 169; Southington (5-0) 160; Maloney (4-0) 147; Middletown (5-1) 113; Mercy (1-1) 106; Stamford (4-2) 92; Sheehan (4-0) 88; EO Smith (4-2) 59; West Haven (3-0) 58; Trumbull (3-1) 54; Bacon Academy (6-1) 51; Ludlowe (3-1) 37; Hillhouse (2-2) 29; Enfield (4-1) 8; Valley Regional (4-0) 7. The Following Voted: Lori Riley, Hartford Courant; Mike Madera, Walter Camp Foundation\/New Haven Register; Vickie Fulkerson, The New London Day; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Rick Wilson, Waterbury Republican American; Adam Betz, Journal Inquirer; Matt Hornick, Bristol Press Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Christopher Saunders WATR 1320 am; Tim Jensen, Patch; Brian Medeiros, Canton; Fred Williams, Northwestern; Sean Krofssik, Record-Journal; Rich Zalusky, The Chronicle; Dave Danko, Fairfield Warde;; Scotty Nails RCDS; Scott Ericson, GameTimeCT.