Sorry to be a day late with this week’s girls basketball rankings. As explained yesterday, I was at the King Holiday Hoopfest pretty much all day Monday and didn’t have enough time to properly do my research.
I sure wish there had been more than one girls game in that event. I complain about it every year. With a seven-game lineup, it seems like at least two of them could feature the girls.
The Kentwood-White River game was pretty good. Both played well at times and not-so-well at others. It was my first look at White River, which I see as a trophy team at state.
Kentwood still seems to be finding its way a bit with a new head coach and no Lindsey Moore (now at Nebraska). But the pieces are there and I expect the Conquerors (defending state champions) to earn more state hardware, too.
Big game tonight for Kentwood against top-ranked Auburn Riverside.
I’ve bumped unbeaten Woodinville up to No. 2 this week ahead of Federal Way, which went 2-1 last week without two key players, losing only to Riverside. I sure hope those two girls (TyShanna Burgess and Jaleecia Roland) are able to come back, which I believe would make the Eagles a state contender.
Lewis and Clark drops from No. 4 to No. 7 after that shocking, 45-38 loss to North Central last Tuesday. I spoke with coach Jim Redmon the other day about it, wondering if the Tigers were missing key players. They weren’t, and Redmon made no excuses.
“We just laid an egg,” he said.
L-C then crushed Rogers of Spokane, 76-16.
Two other big games this week in 4A, both tomorrow night — Jackson vs. Edmonds-Woodway (both 11-1) and Newport vs. Woodinville. We’ll have someone at both of those games.
In 3A, Bonney Lake is in and Sumner is out — a matter the two teams decided on the court last week, with Bonney Lake winning by 25.
I’ll be back on schedule next Monday with the next rankings.
1. Auburn Riverside (14-0)
2, Woodinville (12-0)
3. Federal Way (11-3)
4, Chiawana (Pasco) (10-1)
5, Issaquah (11-1)
6, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (9-5)
7, Lewis and Clark (Spokane) (8-4)
8. Kentwood (Covington) (11-3)
9., Newport (Bellevue (11-1)
10. Jackson (Mill Creek) (11-1)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Bethel (Graham), Central Valley (Spokane), Eastlake, Edmonds-Woodway, Evergreen (Vancouver), Garfield, Gonzaga-Prep (Spokane), Kelso, Kentlake, Marysville-Pilchuck, Mead (Spokane), Monroe, Mount Tahoma (Tacoma), Richland, Skyview (Vancouver).
1. Holy Names (11-2)
2. Kennedy Catholic (10-3)
3, Prairie (Brush Prairie) (8-4)
4, Mercer Island (10-3)
5, White River (Buckley) (10-2)
6, Shadle Park (Spokane) (7-5)
7, Yelm 10-1
8, Shorecrest (Shoreline) (7-4)
9, Lakes (9-3)
10, Bonney Lake (9-3)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Auburn Mountainview, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Meadowdale (Lynwood), Mount Rainier (Des Moines), North Central (Spokane), Port Angeles, Seattle Prep, West Valley (Yakima).