In just 12 days, we’ll find out who the true No. 1 girls basketball teams are in the state for Class 4A and 3A (as well as the other classifications).
But today I’m posting my final rankings. I feel pretty comfortable with the top four in Class 3A. I get the opportunity to see No. 1 Prairie play No. 3 Wilson this afternoon in the West Central/Southwest Bi-District championship game, so am looking forward to that.
I am not sure how Heather Corral’s knee is holding up for Prairie. I heard she is playing with a brace and was coming off the bench. She had nine points in the Falcons’ 75-47 semifinal victory over Timberline. But this is no one-player team. Jackie Lanz scored 19 in that game, including five three-pointers.
No. 2 Kamiakin remains the only unbeaten girls team in 3A and 4A.
Shadle Park, which has won eight of its last nine (losing only to 4A Mead) and was in my original top-10, leaps back in at No. 5 and University is out. Cleveland also slips off the list after losing its last two and Lakeside comes in at No. 10. The Lions had a nine-game win streak snapped against No. 4 Franklin.
In Class 4A, former-No. 1 Central Valley stumbled again, this time to Gonzaga Prep, and barely stayed alive with a narrow victory over Mead to earn a spot in Tuesday’s regional play-in game against Wenatchee, the No. 2 team out of the Big Nine behind No. 10 Chiawana.
So, Gonzaga enters the top-10 at No. 8 and CV stumbles to No. 9. I really wanted to keep Kentwood in the rankings as the Conquerors’ only recent loss was to No. 4 Federal Way in the West Central/Southwest semifinals. But I felt I had to make room for Gonzaga and think Chiawana still deserves a spot, so Kentwood is back on the what would be the watch list.
Except I am not including any watch lists this week. Enough said that every other team still playing is worthy of mention and capable of cracking that top-10.
It should be fun today watdhing the rematch between No. 2 Mount Rainier and No. 4 Federal Way.
The regional games this weekend should be outstanding. I can’t wait to see how everything plays out at the Tacoma Dome March 1-2-3.
And here are the final 4A and 3A rankings for 2011-12:
1. Lake Stevens (22-1)
2. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (23-1)
3. Woodinville (21-2)
4. Federal Way (21-3)
5. Jackson (Mill Creek) (19-3)
6. Skyview (Vancouver) (20-3)
7. Stanwood (22-2)
8. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (17-5)
9. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (21-2)
10. Chiawana (Pasco) (17-3)
1. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (22-1)
2. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (22-0)
3. Wilson (Tacoma) (20-2)
4. Franklin (Seattle) (21-3)
5. Shadle Park (Spokane) (15-7)
6. Auburn Mountainview (19-5)
7. Seattle Prep (20-6)
8. Shorecrest (Shoreline) (19-4)
9. Lakes (Lakewood) (20-4)
10. Lakeside (Seattle) (19-7)