I’m starting to think I should just flip a coin, or maybe throw darts at some target dotted with school names.
Girls basketball teams around the state are not making it easy to come up with rankings I feel good about every week.
In both 4A and 3A last week, not one but two teams in the top-five stumbled. In a couple of cases, they flat fell on their faces.
I’ll start in 4A, where No. 3 Chiawana of Pasco had an 11-game win streak snapped by Walla Walla, and get this score: 40-29. Ouch. It was only the second loss of the season for the Riverhawks, who lost to No. 2 Federal Way over the holidays.
And No. 4 Newport lost for only the second time, too — to a hot Skyline team, 57-22. Double ouch! Skyline apparently shot 72% in the first half and 58% for the game. Plus Newport star Betsy Kingma played only 12 minutes while battling the flu and scored a season-low seven points, nearly 12 below her average. And two other key players were out with injuries.
So, Woodinville jumps back up to No. 3 — even though the Falcons have lost to Newport. And you can see the other movement below. Chiawana and Newport drop to 6-7, respectively. No. 8 Mead lost to Gonzaga Prep, snapping a 12-game streak. So, for now, the Panthers are out and Central Valley joins the top-10.
Oh, one correction in a statement I made while posting last week’s rankings. Mount Tahoma has not lost to Stadium — it was South Kitsap.
In 3A, No. 4 Mercer Island and No. 5 White River both loss close ones, MI to Bellevue and White River to Bonney Lake (in OT). Mercer Island was short-handed, so I only dropped the Islanders one spot this week, to No. 5. White River slides to No. 7, with Port Angeles — riding a 10-game win streak — jumping inbetween.
Shadle Park inches up to No. 4.
Shorecrest, formerly at No. 7, lost by 20 to Meadowdale, so I’m shaking things up again this week, dropping the Scots out of the top-10, for now. Capital (former No. 10) is also back on the “watch” list after losing to Yelm (which then lost to Timberline).
Bonney Lake is back in the rankings at No. 9 and the 10th spot goes to Mount Rainier, which has lost only to No. 2 Kennedy (twice) and 4A Eastlake.
There are some big games this week and weekend (some 4A leagues begin playoffs), so it will be interesting to see how these rankings hold up.
1. Auburn Riverside (20-0)
2. Federal Way (17-3)
3, Woodinville (17-1)
4, Kentwood (Covington) (16-4)
5, Edmonds-Woodway (17-1)
6, Chiawana (Pasco) (17-2)
7, Newport (Bellevue) (16-2)
8, Issaquah (15-3)
9, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (14-6)
10, Central Valley (Spokane) (14-4)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Bethel (Graham), Eastlake, Evergreen (Vancouver), Garfield, Gonzaga-Prep (Spokane), Jackson (Mill Creek), Kelso, Lewis and Clark (Spokane), Marysville-Pilchuck, Mead (Spokane), Monroe, Mount Tahoma (Tacoma), Olympia, Richland, Skyline (Issaquah), Skyview (Vancouver), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Walla Walla.
1. Holy Names (17-2)
2. Kennedy Catholic (16-3)
3, Prairie (Brush Prairie) (14-4)
4, Shadle Park (Spokane) (11-7)
5, Mercer Island (14-4)
6, Port Angeles (15-2)
7, White River (Buckley) (15-3)
8, West Valley (Yakima) (12-6)
9, Bonney Lake (15-4)
10, Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (15-3)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Auburn Mountainview, Bellevue, Capital (Olympia), Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Lakes (Lakewood), Lynnwood, Meadowdale (Lynwood), North Central (Spokane), Seattle Prep, Shorecrest (Lynwood), Sumner, Yelm.