On the surface it may seem as if Muir (10-7, 3-4) is worried about its position in the Division 5AA top 10 poll as it endures a four-game losing streak in the Pacific League.
But such is not the case according to Mustangs coach Gamal Smalley, who said the coaches who vote in the poll that determines playoff seedings know about Muir’s schedule.
“I think people know our capabilities,” Smalley said. “I don’t think we’ll be unranked. The coaches know who we are.”
Muir at one point was No. 1 in Division 5AA. It dropped a spot last week, but remained second behind Flintridge Prep in Monday’s new poll. The Mustangs are coming off a 54-51 loss to Pasadena in a game in which they led by as many as 16 points.
“They know we’re not supposed to lose four straight,” Smalley said. “We had teams beat. We beat (Crescenta Valley) by 18 earlier and Glendale by double digits (both in tournament play), so they know they’re supposed to beat those teams (come league).
“Developing consistency with young teams is where we’re at.”
The objective, however, is clear.
“Our motivation is we have to rally in the second half to get a playoff spot,” Smalley said. “Because once we’re in anything can happen.”
DIVISION 5AA POLL
1. Flintridge Prep
3. St. Margaret’s
4T. Mission Prep
6. St. Joseph/SM
8. Fairmont Prep
9. Bosco Tech
10. Loma Linda Academy
12. Santa Clara
13. St. Monica
14. St. Genevieve
15. Village Christian
16T. Western Christian
16T. Xavier Prep