I should have seen this coming.
Actually, I did mention last Monday that there likely would be some changes in the girls basketball rankings this time around with a more hectic schedule following the snow and ice storms.
But I certainly didn’t envision so many upsets in Class 3A. I especially didn’t see Holy Names, the defending state champion, falling twice last week. I thought Franklin might give the Cougars a tough time — which is why I suggested we get a reporter to that game. Sure enough, the Quakers won, and decisively, 59-34. And I know Lakeside can be tough, too, but I was really surprised to see the final score of 43-25.
I had to e-mail Holy Names coach Lee Adams to ask him about it, and although he admitted his team was dealing with some injuries and illnesses, he made no real excuses for his team’s poor shooting and ball-handling and gave credit to both winning teams.
So, for the first time this season, Holy Names (which was No. 8 last week) drops out of the rankings and sits on the watch list. Gone, too, are No. 9 Juanita (which lost to Lake Washington) and No. 10 Shorecrest (which lost to both Meadowdale and Lynnwood).
Auburn Mountainview drops from No. 4 to No. 10 with the loss to Lakes, which jumps back in the rankings at No. 9. University slips from third to fifth after falling to 4A Gonzaga Prep.
After all that, there were two spots up for grabs and I would up giving them to Franklin and Lynnwood in the Nos. 7-8 positions.
Franklin is 9-0 since a 67-61 loss to Seattle Prep on Dec. 28. The Quakers have two big games this week, taking on Seattle Prep tonight and Cleveland on Wednesday.
Lynnwood has won six straight since falling to Glacier Peak on Dec. 20, 62-59 — a loss they later avenged.
For now, there is no KingCo 3A team in the rankings. I considered Lake Washington, which has won give in a row, but went with Lakes instead. LW has a key game tonight against Liberty, which then plays Juanita on Tuesday. And I believe Lakes has its makeup game tonight with Enumclaw, which has been playing well and follows with a Tuesday showdown with Mountainview.
I’m keeping an eye on Shadle Park, too. The Highlanders knocked off Gonzaga Prep (No. 10 in 4A last week). And with that GP slides back to the watch list. I debated long and hard about which team to put at No. 10 in 4A and finally decided on Chiawana, which is riding a nine-game win streak. Bellarmine Prep and South Kitsap, both 12-3, were given consideration, too.
I think I was most shocked over the weekend by Woodinville’s loss to Newport, which is just 7-10 but has played several teams tough. That’s the first in-state loss by the Falcons, who fall from No. 4 to No. 9 this week. We’ll see if that game was a good wake-up call for them.
It’s going to be interested to see how things shake out in KingCo 4A. Issaquah is on a six-game win streak and finally has Sabrina Norton back on the court (she had some eligibility issues). The Eagles share the Crest Division lead with Skyline, and those two teams square off Tuesday.
There are plenty of other big games this week, especially on Wednesday. In addition to the Cleveland-Franklin game, Seattle Prep plays Holy Names and there are two big SPSL 4A showdowns, with Mount Rainier at Auburn Riverside and Emerald Ridge at Federal Way.
We’ll see how many more changes I have to make in the rankings next Monday, but here you go for this week:
1. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (15-0)
2. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (17-0)
3. Stanwood (16-1)
4. Lake Stevens (16-1)
5. Skyview (Vancouver) (15-2)
6. Jackson (Mill Creek) (15-2)
7. Auburn Riverside (14-1)
8. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) (14-1)
9. Woodinville (15-2)
10. Chiawana (Pasco) (13-3)
Others to watch (alphabetically) – Arlington, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma), Bethel (Graham), Chiawana (Pasco), Central Kitsap (Silverdale), Eastlake (Sammamish), Federal Way, Inglemoor (Kenmore), Gonzaga Prep (Spokane), Issaquah, Kentwood (Covington), Skyline (Sammamish), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Spanaway Lake, Walla Walla,
1. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (17-1)
2. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (17-0)
3. Wilson (Tacoma) (13-2)
4. Cleveland (Seattle) (15-2)
5. University (Spokane) (11-4)
6. Seattle Prep (14-3)
7. Franklin (Seattle) (13-3)
8. Lynnwood (14-3)
9. Lakes (Lakewood) (13-3)
10. Auburn Mountainview (15-4)
Others to watch (alphabetically) – Camas, Eastmont, Enumclaw, Everett, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Holy Names (Seattle), Juanita (Kirkland), Lake Washington (Kirkland), Lakeside (Seattle), Liberty (Renton), Shadle Park (Spokane), Shorecrest (Shoreline), Timberline (Lacey), Yelm.