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January 5, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Girls basketball rankings

Let the debate begin, again. I sure wrestled with the first girls basketball rankings of 2009, so I imagine many of you might have some differing opinions about them — and I welcome the input.

The easy part in Class 4A was leaving the top three alone. Lewis and Clark solidified its spot at No. 1 with a 13-point victory over No. 7 Mead. No. 2 Kentwood hasn’t played the past two weeks and No. 3 Moses Lake went 3-0 at the Auburn Riverside tournament.

I decided to mix it up a bit and jump Snohomish over Riverside — even though the Ravens beat the Panthers to start the season. They played the same three Oregon teams at the AR tourney, with Snohomish going 2-1 and AR finishing 1-2. I heard Snohomish looked better, all in all, so am making the change. Both should have something to say about who wins the state title in March.

Unbeaten Pasco easily could have surpassed both, but I’m waiting to see what the Bulldogs do this week against Moses Lake. Issaquah moves up a spot, despite suffering its first loss — that happend to come against Kennedy, still No. 1 in 3A. Bellarmine Prep lost to Lynden and Lynden Christian in a holiday tournament, playing without two injured starters, but remains in the top-10. One of those starters (Shelby Swofford) is out for the season with a torn ACL, while the other (Sarah Hartwell) is expected back in another week or so.

Who should round out the top-10? Almost by default, it’s still Edmonds-Woodway, despite the one-point loss to West Valley of Yakima (now back in the 3A rankings). Newport, Woodinville and Roosevelt all got serious consideration and the spot very likely would have gone to Mount Tahoma of Tacoma — but the Thunderbirds lost over the weekend to Kingston — a good 2A team, to be sure, but one that has lost to Franklin.

In 3A, Prairie remains at No. 2 despite a pair of out-of-state losses (those are tough to gauge). Shadle Park moves to No. 3 thanks in part to Meadowdale’s loss to West Valley (yup, that same Yakima team). The Mavs were outscored 14-4 in th fourth quarter to lose by 10, but I’m not putting too much weight on that game and dropping them only to No. 5, behind unbeaten White River.

Lakeside got me shaking my head by losing to Eastlake and slips from fourth to sixth. West Valley, ranked No. 5 to start the season, is back in at No. 9. Mercer Island hangs in there at No. 10, despite losing once in an out-of-state tourney and again to Newport. There were other contenders for that 10th position — Bonney Lake, Cleveland, Franklin, Liberty, Mount Rainier — but I couldn’t find a strong enough case for any of them to replace MI — which has beaten No. 7 Bainbridge, remember. I’ll know more about Mount Rainier after Friday’s game with Kennedy.

So, have a look and let’s hear your thoughts.

Class 4A

1. Lewis and Clark (Spokane) 8-0

2. Kentwood (Convington) 6-0

3. Moses Lake 9-1

4. Snohomish 5-2

5. Auburn Riverside 6-3

6. Pasco 7-0

7. Mead (Spokane) 7-1

8. Issaquah 4-1

9. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) 6-2

10. Edmonds-Woodway 5-1

Others (alphabetically) — Federal Way, Graham-Kapowsin, Heritage, Inglemoor, Kentlake, Marysville-Pilchuck, Mount Tahoma, Newport, Roosevelt, Walla Walla, Woodinville.

Class 3A

1. Kennedy (Burien) 6-0

2. Prairie (Brush Brairie) 7-2

3. Shadle Park (Spokane) 6-2

4. White River (Buckley) 5-0

5. Meadowdale (Lynnwood) 4-1

6. Lakeside 6-2

7. Bainbridge 3-1

8. Holy Names 7-1

9. West Valley (Yakima) 5-3

10. Mercer Island 6-3

Others (alphabetically) — Auburn Mountainview, Bonney Lake, East Valley (Spokane), Enumclaw, Franklin, Lakes (Tacoma), Liberty (Renton), Mount Rainier (Des Moines), Yelm.

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