I tried to keep an eye out for girls basketball scores throughout the past week, so very little jumped out at me as I started to update the rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A.
The one exception was seeing University of Spokane start the season 0-3. I had the Titans ranked No. 5 in 3A in the opening poll. Now, two of the losses were to ranked teams — Kamiakin and Mount Spokane. The other came against Ferris, a 4A team currently 3-1, losing only to a quality Shadle Park squad.
I likely would have kept U-Hi in at 1-2, but they drop out for now. And you’ll see I’m not keeping a “others to watch” list during the season. There are just way too many quality teams still on the radar.
Sticking with 3A, Seattle Prep stays in despite a 2-2 start. Both losses are to ranked teams — Lakeside and Cleveland. But I did jump 4-0 Bellevue ahead of Prep this week.
Scratching University meant there was one spot open in the 3A rankings. I debated between several candidates, but decided I wanted to get a WesCo team in there and opted for Stanwood over Shorewood. Both are 3-1.
I’m keeping an eye on Bainbridge (4-1), too — but there already are four Metro teams in the top-10. The Spartans will have plenty of opportunities to play their way into the rankings.
There actually are no changes in 4A, although the bottom three teams each lost — Union to Black Hills (new to the 2A rankings this week), Jackson to No. 1 Mount Rainier and Bellarmine Prep to Wilson (No. 1 in 3A).
There are a couple of very interesting WesCo 4A games this week as No. 3 Lake Stevens plays 4-0 Arlington Wednesday and Jackson faces No. 7 Lynnwood Friday.
In 2A, Burlington-Edison and W.F. West switch places at second and third. B-E is 5-0 and W.F. West has started 1-2, but those loses were to Union and Prairie (No. 2 in 3A).
Black Hills was in my original top-15 when I was putting together the original rankings and that win over Union was enough to vault them in at No. 7. Someone had to go, and for now it’s Renton, which debuted at No. 9. The Indians are 4-2, but those are quality losses to ranked teams Holy Names and River Ridge. If they keep winning, they’ll be back in the rankings soon.
So, here you go for this week:
1. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (5-0)
2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (2-0)
3. Lake Stevens (3-0)
4. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (4-0)
5. Mead (Spokane) (4-0)
6. Woodinville (4-0)
7. Lynnwood (3-0)
8. Union (Vancouver) (4-1)
9. Jackson (Mill Creek (1-1)
10. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (1-1)
1. Wilson (Tacoma) (2-0)
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (5-0)
3. Cleveland (Seattle) (4-2)
4. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (3-1)
5. Mount Spokane (3-0)
6. Holy Names (Seattle) (4-0)
7. Lakeside (Seattle) (3-1)
8. Bellevue (4-0)
9. Seattle Prep (2-2)
10. Stanwood (3-1)
1. White River (Buckley) (4-0)
2. Burlington-Edison (5-0)
3. W.F. West (Chehalis) (1-2)
4. Mark Morris (Longview) (3-1)
5. Wapato (2-1)
6. Ellensburg (4-0)
7. Black Hills (Olympia) (5-0)
8. Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (2-1)
9. River Ridge (Lacey) (3-1)
10. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (5-0)