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January 3, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Class 4A and 3A girls high-school hoops rankings — Week 5

It’s been an interesting day pouring over girls basketball results from the past two weeks. Many teams traveled to out-of-state tournaments or simply across the state for some good competition.

And some didn’t play at all — like Holy Names, which still sits atop the 3A rankings this week. I feel comfortable with the Cougars at No. 1, although Prairie could make a case for the top spot. The Falcons won the Energy Classic over the holidays in Gillette, Wyoming, sweeping each of their three games by 16 or more. Heather Corral, Lauren Goecke and Angie Gelhar were all voted to the all-tournament team.

Clevelend, the defending 3A state champion, went a respectable 2-2 in the Nike Tournament of Champions and maintains the No. 5 spot in this week’s rankings.

The big change in 3A is Auburn Mountainview replacing Lakeside at No. 9. The Lions earned that by beating Lakeside. Their only two losses have been to 4A Ingelmoor and No. 6 Timberline. They are riding a four-game win streak and will take on No. 7 Lakes Friday, so we’ll see how good those two teams really are.

Lakes played No. 4 Kennedy Catholic tough last week, losing by six.

I really struggled with the No. 10 spot in 3A and wound up leaving Juanita there, despite the Rebels’ five-point loss to Lynnwood (previously ranked). Lynnwood would have gotten the spot, but then lost to Mount Si — a team Juanita has beaten. I looked hard at Eastmont, which has lost ony to 4A teams (Wenatchee and Moses Lake), but the Big Nine 3A competition hasn’t impressed me much thus far.

In 4A, Federal Way remains No. 1 despite losing to Coeur d’Alene. That was a one-point game and the Eagles were coming off wins over two other Idaho teams (Lake City and Lewiston). I thought briefly about dropping them a bit, but didn’t feel anyone else really made a strong case for themselves to jump to the top.

Gonzaga Prep pops up to No. 2 after beating Bellarmine Prep, which falls from No. 2 to No. 7. BP also lost to Jesuit from Oregon, which wound up beating Gonzaga Prep as well.

Issaquah lost a pair of tough games in their division of the Nike tournament, and I’m not penalizing the Eagles much for that. They simply swap places with Auburn Riverside.

Lake Stevens falls out of the top-10 after losing to Marysville-Pilchuck and I’m going with 9-0 Eastlake in the No. 10 spot. I’ve got my eye on 7-0 Richland as well, but I don’t think they’ve faced much in the way of stiff competition yet.

We’ll know a lot more about Eastlake after this week as the Wolves play Woodinville Wednesday and Issaquah Saturday. I still believe Woodinville will be a factor down the stretch.

So, have a look and let me know what you think:

Class 4A

1. Federal Way (7-1)

2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (7-1)

3. Auburn Riverside (7-1)

4. Issaquah (4-3)

5. Moses Lake (8-2)

6. Edmonds-Woodway (8-3)

7. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (6-2)

8. Lewis and Clark (Spokane) (6-1)

9. Chiawana (Pasco) 6-2

10. Eastlake (Sammamish) (9-0)

Others to watch (alphabetically) — Battle Ground, Emerald Ridge (Puyallup), Garfield, Inglemoor (Kenmore), Jackson (Mill Creek), Kentwood (Covington), Lake Stevens, Marysville-Pilchuck, Mead (Spokane), Mount Rainier (Des Moines), Mount Tahoma (Tacoma), Richland, Rogers (Puyallup), Skyline (Sammamish), Skyview (Vancouver), Stanwood, Woodinville.

Class 3A

1. Holy Names (7-0)

2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (8-0)

3. Shadle Park (Spokane) (6-2)

4. Kennedy Catholic (Burien) (9-0)

5. Cleveland (Seattle) (6-2)

6. Timberline (8-0)

7. Lakes (Lakewood) (6-2)

8. Wilson (Tacoma) (7-2)

9. Auburn Mountainview (7-2)

10. Juanita (8-2)

Others to watch — Capital (Olympia), Eastmont (East Wenatchee), Everett, Ferndale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Hazen (Renton), Lakeside (Seattle) 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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