I mentioned last Monday that there could be some major movement in the girls basketball rankings this week, and I was right. At least when it comes to 4A.
Four of top-seven teams tumbled, including No. 1 Federal Way. The Eagles lost the SPSL 4A title game to Auburn Riverside on Friday. They were without their top player, Talia Walton, who suffered a knee injury during practice two days earlier. They were clearly out of sorts early, which had a lot to do with Auburn Riverside.
The good news for Federal Way is that Walton said she will be back. If she is, the Eagles still have a shot to win it. If she doesn’t, I’m not sure. They still have a lot of talent, but Walton makes a big difference.
I’m only dropping Federal Way to No. 4 in these final rankings, moving AR up to No. 3. The new No. 1 is Bellarmine Prep. Do I think the Lions can win it all? You bet. They, too, have the talent, but have yet to get the job done at state, so we’ll see. This could be their year.
Edmonds-Woodway, formerly at No. 4, went down against Marysville-Pilchuck and faces a long road to state, but I’m keeping the Warriors in the top-10, barely, at No. 10.
The other two losers, Eastlake and Issaquah, are back on the watch list and Woovinville finally reappears in the rankings (No. 8) along with Lake Stevens (No. 9).
There is less movement in 3A, where only Auburn Mountainview and Lynnwood lost. Both drop out, although Mountainview’s two losses came to ranked teams (Kennedy and Lakes). That gives Lakes a 2-1 season edge over the Lions. Mount Si returns to the top-10 at No. 9 and Eastmont — the top team out of the Big Nine — jumps in at No. 10.
As noted, these are the final rankings for 2010-11 as we’ll be down to the final 16 by next Monday (although the West Central/Southwest 4A and 3A title games are that day).
1. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (18-2)
2. Chiawana (Pasco) (18-2)
3. Auburn Riverside (18-3)
4. Federal Way (19-2)
5. Richland (17-2)
6. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (17-3)
7. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (18-3)
8. Woodinville (18-5)
9. Lake Stevens (19-3)
10. Edmonds-Woodway (19-3)
Others to watch (alphabetically) — Central Valley (Spokane Valley), Eastlake (Sammamish), Emerald Ridge (Puyallup), Evergreen (Vancouver), Garfield, Inglemoor (Kenmore), Issaquah, Jackson (Mill Creek), Kentwood (Covington), Lewis and Clark (Spokane), Marysville-Pilchuck, Mead (Spokane), Moses Lake, Mount Tahoma (Tacoma), Skyview (Vancouver), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Stanwood, Woodinville.
1. Holy Names (21-0)
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (21-0)
3. Cleveland (Seattle) (18-4)
4. Kennedy Catholic (Burien) (20-1)
5. Timberline (Lacey) (20-0)
6. Shadle Park (Spokane (15-6)
7. Shorecrest (Shoreline) (15-7)
8. Lakes (Lakewood) (16-5)
9. Mount Si (Snoqualmie) (17-5)
10. Eastmont (East Wenatchee) (17-4)
Others to watch — Auburn Mountainview, Capital (Olympia), Eastmont (East Wenatchee), Everett, Ferndale, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Juanita (Kirkland), Kamiakin (Kennewick), Lake Washington (Kirkland), Lakeside (Seattle), Liberty (Issaquah), Lynnwood, Meadowdale (Lynnwood), Mercer Island, Mountain View (Vancouver), North Central (Spokane), Seattle Prep, University (Spokane), Wilson (Tacoma).