It hasn’t been a fun afternoon trying to update the girls basketball rankings, I’ll tell you.
Part of the problem is that some Washington teams lost to really good out-of-state teams. Then there’s always the situation where a 3A team loses to a good 4A team.
And, of course, there are just the simple upsets.
The biggest hit came in the bottom half ot the 3A rankings, where I decided to make some wholesale changes. I’ll get to those in a minute, but I’m going to start with 4A, where there’s a new No. 1 — Kentwood, the defending champion, which started out at No. 4.
As you’ve no-doubt heard, our preseason No. 1 — Federal Way — lost 61-47 to Auburn Riverside last Friday. So, the Eagles tumble to No. 5 for now. Riverside, which startetd at No. 6 (I knew that was too low), climbs to No. 3.
I’ll see Kentwood play Federal Way tomorrow, so that should provide some more insight. And I’m hoping to catch Kentwood play Auburn Riverside on Thursdsay. Remember, Federal Way should be a different team if/when guard Brittany Barrington joins the team in January after rehabilitating that knee injury.
After hearing Federal Way lost, my first inclination was to move Lewis and Clark up from No. 2 to No. 1. But then I discovered the Tigers (who won three straight titles from 2006-08) lost to a good Couer d’Alene (Idaho) squad. I didn’t penalize L-C (they stay at No. 2), but didn’t feel they deserved the top spot.
Garfield slips from third to fourth in part because the Bulldogs have yet to play, and Riverisde deserved at least the No. 3 spot.
Bellarmine Prep drops from No. 3 to No. 6 after going 0-3 in the Nicke Northwest Invitational, a tournament Kentwood won last year. There were some nationally-ranked teams there, but Bellarmine lost to Central Catholic (Portland), a team Prairie beat. That might be a big harsh, but the Lions will have opportunities to move back up.
Prairie stays at No. 3 in 3A after going 1-2 in that tournament with losses to Southridge (Oregon) and Potter’s House Christian (Florida), both national-caliber teams.
Teams ranked Nos. 6-10 in 3A all lost last week at least once (No. 9 Seattle Prep went 0-3, but will still be a team to contend with this year, I believe — one of the losses was to No. 1 Holy Names and another to 4A Roosevelt).
Mercer Island stays at No. 6 despite losing to Issaquah, a quality 4A team. Glacier Peak (was No. 7) falls out of the rankings after losing to Juanita. The Grizzlies will be back, though, I’m fairly certain.
No. 8 Mountainview dips from eighth to ninth after going 2-2 — one loss was to Capital, now at No. 7, and the other to Kentwood. Meadowdale, which started at No. 10, goes to the “others” list after losing to Skyline, another good 4A team. Bonney Lake and West Valley of Yakima are the other newcomers in the 3A rankings.
Have a look and let me hear your thoughts.
1. Kentwood (Covington) 2-0
2. Lewis and Clark (Spokane) 0-1
3. Auburn Riverside (2-0)
4. Garfield (0-0)
5. Federal Way (2-1)
6. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) 0-3
7. Woodinville 1-0
8. Mead (Spokane) 0-0
9. Jackson (Mill Creek) 1-0
10. Chiawana (Pasco) 1-0
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Central Valley (Spokane), Eastlake, Edmonds-Woodway, Gonzaga-Prep, Issaquah, Kamiak (Mukilteo), Kentlake, Lake Stevens, Mount Tahoma (Tacoma) Newport (Bellevue), Richland, Roosevelt, Skyline, Skyview (Vancouver), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Pasco, University (Spokane), Walla Walla, Wilson (Tacoma).
1. Holy Names 2-0
2. Kennedy 1-0
3. Prairie (Brush Prairie) 1-2
4.Shadle Park (Spokane) 0-0
5. White River (Buckley) 2-0
6. Mercer Island (1-1)
7. Capital (Olympia) 2-0
8. Bonney Lake 3-0
9. Auburn Mountainview 2-2
10. West Valley (Yakima) 1-0
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Bellevue, Camas, Columbia River, Cleveland, East Valley (Spokane), Ferndale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Hanford (Richland), Hazen (Renton), Juanita, Lakeside, Meadowdale (Lynnwood), Mount Spokane, North Central (Spokane), Peninsula (Gig Harbor), Seattle Prep, Shorecrest (Shoreline), Timberline.