You won’t find a whole lot of changes in this week’s state rankings for 4A and 3A girls basketball.
In fact, the only team to drop out is Eastlake, which broke in at No. 10 in 4A last week, then lost to Woodinville and Issaquah. And just when I think Woodinville is getting on a bit of a roll, the Falcons turned around and lost to Roosevelt.
So this week I’m giving Mount Tahoma of Tacoma a shot at the No. 10 spot. The Thunderbirds have lost only to seventh-ranked Bellarmine Prep. I also gave Richland (8-1) serious consideration, but the Bombers had a really tough time with No. 9 Chiawana last week, losing by 17.
And South Kitsap, which was 9-0 heading into last week, lost not only to Bellarmine Prep but to Central Kitsap, which keeps the Wolves on the watch list.
In 3A, third-ranked Shadle Park of Spokane lost by 22 to Gonzaga Prep, which is looking good at No. 2 in 4A. I’m pushing unbeaten KIennedy Catholic up to No. 3 and sliding Shadle to fourth.
The only other ranked 3A team to lose was Auburn Mountainview, which fell to No. 7 Lakes of Lakewood by 12. I’ve left the Lions in, but dropped them from ninth to 10th and bumpd Juanita up to No. 9. I just don’t see an other teams that jump out at me any more than Mountainview. Lynnwood (11-2) appears back on track and did get some consideration. But that recent loss to Mount Si keeps coming back to mind.
There are some big games this week. Auburn Riverside (No. 3 in 4A) takes on a quality Kentwood team on Tuesday. I really wanted to be there, but have another assignment. Hopefully I can catch them for the rematch.
Cleveland, the defending 3A champion currently ranked fifth, gets a test Wednesday against Lakeside, which is another team knocking on the door after going 4-0 since bck-to-back losses to Auburn Mountainview and Mount Rainier (which has lost only to Auburn Riverside and Kentwood).
I finally get to see top-ranked Federal Way on Saturday as the Eagles face Garfield in the Assist for Life event at Steilacoom High School (that event has moved again; I will post a separate reminder). I’m also looking forward to seeing No. 4 Issquah take on Bellarmine Prep that day.
And then Monday the 17th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’ll be able to take in a full slate of girls games at Foster in the “I Have a Dream” Matchup — including No. 1 Holy Names vs. No. 3 Kennedy.
This month is full of some big games, and then the playoffs will be just around the corner!
1. Federal Way (9-1)
2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (9-1)
3. Auburn Riverside (9-1)
4. Issaquah (7-3)
5. Moses Lake (9-2)
6. Edmonds-Woodway (10-3)
7. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (7-2)
8. Lewis and Clark (Spokane) (8-1)
9. Chiawana (Pasco) 9-2
10. Mount Tahoma (Tacoma) (10-1)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Battle Ground, Eastlake (Sammamish), Emerald Ridge (Puyallup), Evergreen (Vancouver), Garfield, Inglemoor (Kenmore), Jackson (Mill Creek), Kentwood (Covington), Lake Stevens, Marysville-Pilchuck, Mead (Spokane), Mount Rainier (Des Moines), Richland, Rogers (Puyallup), Skyview (Vancouver), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Stanwood, Woodinville.
1. Holy Names (9-0)
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (11-0)
3. Kennedy Cathloic (Burien) 11-0
4. Shadle Park (Spokane) (7-3)
5. Cleveland (Seattle) (8-2)
6. Timberline (10-0)
7. Lakes (Lakewood) (8-2)
8. Wilson (Tacoma) (9-2)
9. Juanita (Kirkland) 10-2
10. Auburn Mountainview (8-3)
Others to watch — Capital (Olympia), Eastmont (East Wenatchee), Everett, Ferndale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Kamiakin (Kennewick), Lakeside (Seattle), Liberty (Issaquah), Lynnwood, Meadowdale (Lynnwood), Mount Si (Snoqualmie), Mountain View (Vancouver), North Central (Spokane), Seattle Prep, Shorecrest, University (Spokane), Yelm.