Can anyone figure out girls basketball in KingCo 4A? I sure can’t.
Consider these recent games: Issaquah lost to Woodinville, which lost to Roosevelt, which lost to Redmond, which lost to Newport, which lost to Eastlake, which lost to Issaquah.
That’s why there still isn’t a KingCo 4A team in the state rankings. Just when I thought Issaquah was ready to break back in, they lose a stinker to Woodinville, 34-32. The two teams combined for nine points in the third quarter. But then the Eagles bounced back with a nice win over Garfield, 58-46 — another team that’s difficult to figure out. The Bulldogs followed that loss by losing to Redmond by eight.
There was just one big upset in Class 4A, among ranked teams anyway, when Jackson lost by four to Shorecrest, which has just five wins. Four days earlier, the Timberwolves beat that same team by 21.
Edmonds-Woodway lost to Meadowdale, but it’s difficult to call that an upset, since Meadowdale is ranked in 3A. But it did cost E-W their spot in the rankings this week. Jackson slips from No. 7 to No. 10 and Bellarmine Prep jumps back in the top-10 at No. 9. Remember last week when the Lions dropped out and I said let’s see how they do against a pretty good Mount Tahoma team? They did just fine, and then some, winning by 34 to end the T-birds’ seven-game win streak.
Oh, and No. 3 Pasco proved that earlier win over No. 5 Moses Lake was no fluke, sweeping the series 59-52 last week.
There was plenty of jockeying in 3A, but no new faces. I knew it would be a tough week for former No. 3 Shadle Park, facing Lewis and Clark (No. 1 in 4A) and Mead (No. 6 in 4A). But the Highlanders also lost to Gonzaga Prep by one, a team they thumped earlier in the season by 19, and they tumble to No. 8.
White River slides from No. 4 to No. 6 after suffering its first loss of the season to Bainbridge, which inches up to No. 5. Franklin, which beat Bainbridge on the road last week, rises to No. 4 behind West Valley of Yakima. Holy Names sits at No. 7 and has won five in a row since that two-point loss at Bainbridge on Jan. 17.
That Metro League tournament should be quite entertaining.
So, let’s hear what you have to say about these:
(Records through Jan. 31)
1. Lewis and Clark (Spokane) 16-0
2. Kentwood (Convington) 17-0
3. Pasco 17-0
4. Snohomish 14-2
5. Moses Lake 13-4
6. Mead (Spokane) 14-2
7. Auburn Riverside 13-5
8. Federal Way 14-4
9. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) 13-3
10. Jackson (Millcreek) 13-3
Others (alphabetically) — Central Valley (Spokane) Eastlake, Edmonds-Woodway, Graham-Kapowsin (Graham), Issaquah, Mount Tahoma, Newport, Southridge.
1. Kennedy (Burien) 16-0
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) 14-2
3. West Valley (Yakima) 12-5
4. Franklin 13-2
5. Bainbridge 12-3
6. White River (Buckley) 16-1
7. Holy Names 15-2
8. Shadle Park (Spokane) 11-5
9. Meadowdale (Lynnwood) 13-3
10. Hanford 12-4
Others (alphabetically) — Bellevue, Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Lakeside, Liberty (Renton), Mercer Island.