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December 7, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Class 4A and 3A girls high-school hoop rankings — Week 1

For some reason, this did not post on Monday afternoon and I did not realize it until just now. I apologize. Records shown are through last Saturday. Below is what I wrote yesterday:

It was an interesting start to the girls basketball season in some ways. And of course some teams still haven’t officially started, with their openers this week.

The biggest shocker to me was Kentwood’s 20-point loss to Inglemoor. I had the Conquerors ranked No. 6 in 4A in my preseason rankings and they won their opener against Kentlake with ease, 79-50, behind the 31 points of Kylie Huerta. But they struggled offensively against Inglemoor, shooting just 23 percent from the field.

So, for now, Kentwood drops out of the rankings, but I really expect them to be a trophy team by the time state rolls around.

I meant to have Inglemoor on my “watch” list, and the Vikings are there now, with hot-shooting Taylor Peacocke leading the way. I nearly put them in the top-10, although they did lose to Lynnwood — a very good 3A team that also beat Jackson, which was No. 10 in 4A last week.

Instead, I added Moses Lake and Garfield, two teams I wrestled with trying to get in the original preseason top-10. Jackson slips out for now.

Auburn Riverside, the defending 4A champ that went 2-1 at the Nike Northwest Invitational down in Oregon, moves up to No. 6. The Ravens beat Edmonds-Woodway in their last game there, in overtime. E-W was ranked No. 3, but now slides down to No. 8 after going 1-2 in the tournament (the Warriors are 2-2 overall).

The surprise in 3A was Mount Si’s 14-point win over Mercer Island, which was ranked No. 9 last week. The Islanders made just 1-of-20 shots from the field in the fourth quarter! They drop to the “watch” list and Mount Si gets a mention, too.

Wilson of Tacoma, No. 8 on the preseason list, went 1-1 with the loss coming against Mount Tahoma, a pretty good 4A team. I’m leaving the Rams in the rankings, but dropping them to No. 10. Lynnwood moves up from 10 to 8 and Timberline climbs in at No. 9.

If you’re looking for a good girls game this week, check out No. 5 Issaquah at No. 7 Woodinville on Wednesday — the opener for both teams. Woodinville then plays Holy Names in that Les Scwab Preview Saturday at Highline Community College, then gets Garfield next Tuesday. Talk about a tough week!

And in the South end, Federal Way (No. 1 in 4A) should get a test Tuesday against Emerald Ridge, followed by Bethel on Saturday. Auburn Riverside could have a tough time with Mount Rainier on Thursday. The Rams got 34 points from freshman Brittany McPhee in last week’s opener against Kent-Meridian.

Class 4A

1. Federal Way (1-0)

2. Lewis and Clark (Spokane) (0-0)

3. Chiawana (Pasco) (1-0)

4. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (2-0)

5. Issaquah (0-0)

6. Auburn Riverside (2-1)

7. Woodinville (0-0)

8. Edmonds-Woodway (2-2)

9. Moses Lake (2-0)

10. Garfield (1-0)

Others to watch (alphabetically) — Bethel, Central Valley (Spokane), Eastlake, Emerald Ridge (Puyallup), Evergreen (Vancouver), Gonzaga Prep (Spokane), Jackson (Mill Creek), Lake Stevens, Marysville-Pilchuck, Mead (Spokane), Monroe, Mount Rainier (Des Moines), Mount Tahoma (Tacoma), Puyallup, Rogers (Puyallup), Skyview (Vancouver), Stanwood.

Class 3A

1. Holy Names (2-0)

2. Shadle Park (Spokane) 1-0

3. Prairie (Brush Prairie) 0-0

4. Kennedy Catholic (Burien) 2-0

5. Cleveland (Seattle) 2-0

6. Lakes (Lakewood) 1-0

7. Seattle Prep (2-0)

8. Lynnwood (3-0)

9. Timberline (Lacey) (2-0)

10. Wilson (Tacoma) (1-1)

Others to watch — Auburn Mountainview, Capital (Olympia), Ferndale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Hazen (Renton), Juanita, Kamiakin (Kennewick), Lake Washington, Lakeside, Liberty (Issaquah), Meadowdale (Lynnwood), Mercer Island, Mount Si (Snoqualmie), Mount Spokane, North Central (Spokane), Sedro-Woolley, Shorecrest, University (Spokane), West Valley (Yakima), Yelm.

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