Are you getting the playoff itch? I am. I can’t wait to see how the the state girls basketball picture starts to come into focus in both 4A and 3A.
Do I absolutely believe Federal Way and Holy Names will finish on top? There are few sure bets in high-school sports, so of course not. But I like their chances.
Federal Way took a blow last week when 5-foot-10 senior Ty Burgess left the team for undisclosed reasons. She was the team’s second leading scorer (13.8) behind UW-bound Talia Walton (17.0). But the Eagles have so many other weapons, I still think they can get the job done. Burgess played just 12 games last year before encountering some off-the-court difficulties that ended her season. Federal Way still got to state and is a deeper team this year, I think.
Holy Names is awfully good and I can already picture a 3A title game between the Cougars and Prairie. But there are other legitimate contenders, too. Holy Names was without 6-1 junior Sophie Reichelt last Friday, but still beat a good Lakeside team by 13. Coach Lee Adams said he wanted Reichelt to rest a sore knee and it is not a serious injury, so that’s good news.
As for the rest of this week’s rankings, there is a little movement in both classifications. Eastlake’s victory over Issaquah means the Wolves jump up to No. 6 in 4A and the Eagles slip to No. 8. Richland actually inches up a spot to No. 7, despite losing to Chiawana — the Riverhawks are a solid No. 3.
Kentwood falls out after the loss to Mount Rainier Saturday and the Rams take the No. 10 spot. It’s tough to leave the Conquerors off the list since they have beaten No. 9 Auburn Riverside — but remember a lot of this is the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately mentality. Kentwood has a chance to make a case again against AR next Tuesday.
In 3A, Shadle Park doesn’t move despite two losses. Both were to very good 4A teams, including No. 5 Gonzaga Prep. Juanita lost twice to 3A teams and goes back to the watch list.
Mount Si, one of the two teams to beat Juanita (the other was a surging Mercer Island), leaps in at No. 9 this week. Auburn Mountainview climbs to No. 7 after knocking off Lakes last week, while the Lancers hang in at No. 10 (if I could do ties, I’d have Lakes and Lynnwood tied at No. 10). Shorecrest has proven worthy after making its first appearance in the rankings last week and inches up to No. 8.
So, take a look and as always your feedback is welcome:
1. Federal Way (16-1)
2. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (15-2)
3. Chiawana (Pasco) (16-2)
4. Edmonds-Woodway (16-3)
5. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (14-2)
6. Eastlake (Sammamish) (17-2)
7. Richland (13-2)
8. Issaquah (13-5)
9. Auburn Riverside (14-3)
10. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (15-3)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Central Valley (Spokane Valley), Emerald Ridge (Puyallup), Evergreen (Vancouver), Garfield, Inglemoor (Kenmore), Jackson (Mill Creek), Kentwood (Covington), Lake Stevens, Lewis and Clark (Spokane), Marysville-Pilchuck, Mead (Spokane), Moses Lake, Mount Tahoma (Tacoma), Rogers (Puyallup), Skyview (Vancouver), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Stanwood, Woodinville.
1. Holy Names (18-0)
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (18-0)
3. Shadle Park (Spokane (11-5)
4. Cleveland (Seattle) (16-3)
5. Kennedy Cathloic (Burien) (17-1)
6. Timberline (17-0)
7. Auburn Mountainview (14-4)
8. Shorecrest (Shoreline) (11-7)
9. Mount Si (Snoqualmie) (14-4)
10. Lakes (Lakewood) (13-5)
Others to watch — Capital (Olympia), Eastmont (East Wenatchee), Everett, Ferndale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Juanita (Kirkland), Kamiakin (Kennewick), Lake Washington (Kirkland), Lakeside (Seattle), Liberty (Issaquah), Lynnwood, Meadowdale (Lynnwood), Mountain View (Vancouver), North Central (Spokane), Seattle Prep, University (Spokane), Wilson (Tacoma), Yelm.