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December 20, 2010 at 11:43 AM

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

I’ve got a lot on my plate today, so thought I’d take care of the girls basketball rankings right off the bat.

And please note that these rankings will stand until Jan. 3, as I will be taking some time off next week. There should be some great games between now and then, so it will be interesting.

The biggest “upset” last week was Gonzaga Prep’s 77-57 romp over Lewis and Clark, which had been ranked No. 2 all season. I was more surprised by the size of the victory than the victory itself. When I was working on the preseason rankings, L-C coach Jim Redmon said he though GP would be a contender. Lindsay Stockton, a 5-6 junior point guard, erupted for a career-high 26 points in the game.

So, Gonzaga Prep leaps into the rankings at No. 5 and L-C drops to No. 8.

No. 3 Chiawana lost 61-60 to No. 9 Moses Lake, so that calls for some shuffling, too. Moses Lake moves to No. 6 and Chiawana falls to No. 9.

Garfield, which jumped into the top-10 last week at No. 8, promptly lost to Woodinville and now the Bulldogs are back on the “watch” list. Woodinville (3-2 with losses to Issaquah and Holy Names) continues to knock on the door along with 5-0 Eastlake.

Bellarmine Prep now sits at No. 2 and Issaquah is at No. 3, despite a 7-point loss to Etiwanda (CA) in the opening round of the Nike Tournament of Champions. Coach Kathy Gibson said the game was closer than the 55-48 score might indicate. The Eagles play again this afternoon.

In 3A, 7-0 Holy Names is still cruising and I’ve lifted Prairie to No. 2. The 5-0 Falcons are flying through what appears to be a weak Greater St. Helen’s League, but coach Al Aldridge said he hopes to get some good competition in a tournament in Wyoming over the Christmas break.

Shadle Park slides down to No. 3 at 5-2, with both losses coming against good 4A teams (L-C and Coeur d’Alene).

Lynnwood, No. 6 last week, falls out after a 10-point loss to Shorecrest, but I expect the Royals to be back in the top-10 before long. Lakeside stays in at 3-2 because the losses have been to 4A Jackson and Holy Names. New to the rankings is Juanita (5-1), which has won five in a row since a season-opening loss to Eastlake.

So, have a look and let me know what you think. I hope you get out and catch some games over the holiday break.

Class 4A

1. Federal Way (4-0)

2. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (5-0)

3. Issaquah (3-1)

4. Auburn Riverside (7-1)

5. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (5-0)

6. Moses Lake (6-2)

7. Edmonds-Woodway (7-3)

8. Lewis and Clark (Spokane) (4-1)

9. Chiawana (Pasco) (3-1)

10. Lake Stevens (6-0)

Others to watch (alphabetically) — Battle Ground, Bethel (Graham), Eastlake (Sammamish) Emerald Ridge (Puyallup), Garfield, Inglemoor (Kenmore), Jackson (Mill Creek), Kentwood (Covington), Mead (Spokane), Mount Rainier (Des Moines), Mount Tahoma (Tacoma), Rogers (Puyallup), Skyview (Vancouver), Stanwood, Wenatchee, Woodinville.

Class 3A

1. Holy Names (Seattle) (7-0)

2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (5-0)

3. Shadle Park (Spokane) (5-2)

4. Kennedy Catholic (Burien) (7-0)

5. Cleveland (Seattle) (3-0)

6. Timberline (Lacey) (8-0)

7. Lakes (Lakewood) (3-1)

8. Wilson (Tacoma) (3-1)

9. Lakeside (Seattle) (3-2)

10. Juanita (5-1) (Kirkland)

Others to watch — Auburn Mountainview, Capital (Olympia), Eastmont (East Wenatchee), Ferndale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Hazen (Renton), Kamiakin (Kennewick), Liberty (Issaquah), Lynnwood, Meadowdale (Lynnwood), Mercer Island, Mount Si (Snoqualmie), Mount Spokane, Nathan Hale, North Central (Spokane), Seattle Prep, Shorecrest, University (Spokane), Yelm.

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