You’ll find a few changes in all three classifications when you scan this week’s 4A, 3A and 2A girls basketball rankings.
All three No. 1 teams remain intact. And if you get a chance to get out to the ShoWare Shootout Saturday in Kent, you can see two of them squaring off against each other as Mount Rainier (4A) plays White River (2A) at 3:30 p.m.
And Wilson, the No. 1 team in 3A, faces a big challenge Friday at home against Oregon City, which is always tough. I’m hoping to get out to see Oregon City play 6-0 Beamer Thursday. The Titans continue to knock on the door, but remain on my watch list along with two other SPSL South teams — Puyallup (6-0) and Federal Way (7-1 — I’m still mistified by the Eagles’ 45-32 loss to Bethel last week! The Braves are known for their defense, but are just 4-3 this season).
The shake-up in 4A comes from back-to-back losses by Lake Stevens, which had been ranked third the first two weeks. The Vikings were victims of some sensational three-point shooting by Arlington — which jumps in the top-10 at No. 6. That alone would not have been enough to drop Lake Stevens out of the rankings, but couple it with a second loss, to Snohomish, and out the Vikings go…..for now.
I’m putting Snohomish in this week, too, in the 10th spot. I hesitated on that because the Panthers have lost to Glacier Peak — but that was a little over a week ago, so I’m giving them a shot. I’ll be anxious to see how they fare against Arlington this Tuesday.
Jackson and Woodinville also drop out this week. The Timberwolves were overwhelmed by a very good Lynnwood team and owe their only other loss to Mount Rainier. I think they’ll be back in the top-10 before long. Woodinville barely beat Ballard last week, then lost by 10 to Eastlake. Sure they were missing leading-scorer Mackenzie Campbell (18.8 per game), who tweaked an ankle against Eastlake, but again the combination was enough to make me skeptical.
And I wanted to get 6-1 Skyline in the mix, so the Spartans jump in at No. 7. We’ll see how long that lasts — they play Woodinville Wednesday, then have 4-1 Newport on Friday. Their lone loss was to an Australian team Saturday.
Union stays in despite losses to West Albany (Oregon) and Prairie, both very good opponents.
In 3A, Mount Spokane (No. 5 last week) drops out after losing to Ferris and Shadle Park. Shadle steps in at No. 8, and there’s a little reshuffling but no other major changes.
Mark Morris jumps to No. 2 in 2A after beating W.F. West. Burlington-Edison slides from second to third on the heels of a loss to 1A Lynden Christian. Aberdeen cracks the rankings at No. 7 following a win over Black Hills, which drops from seventh to 10th. W.F. West tumbles from third to ninth and River Ridge (which lost to W.F. West) lands on the watch list to make room for Aberdeen.
As you all know, there is no exact science when it comes to the rankings, so feel free to disagree!
And these rankings likely will stand until Jan 7 as I am taking some time off over the holidays. But be sure to check back this Thursday for the first full girls basketball notebook of the season.
1. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (8-0)
2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (4-0)
3. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (6-0)
4. Mead (Spokane) (6-0)
5. Lynnwood (5-0)
6. Arlington (5-0)
7. Skyline (Sammamish) (6-1)
8. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (3-1)
9. Union (Vancouver) (5-3)
10. Snohomish (5-1)
1. Wilson (Tacoma) (4-0)
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (8-0)
3. Cleveland (Seattle) (6-2)
4. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (6-1)
5. Holy Names (Seattle) (6-0)
6. Lakeside (Seattle) (5-1)
7. Bellevue (6-0)
8. Shadle Park (Spokane) (3-2)
9. Seattle Prep (4-2)
10. Stanwood (5-1)
1. White River (Buckley) (6-0)
2. Mark Morris (Longview) (5-1)
3. Burlington-Edison (7-1)
4. Wapato (5-1)
5. Ellensburg (6-0)
6. Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (4-1)
7. Aberdeen (5-0)
8. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (7-0)
9. W.F. West (Chehalis) (3-3)
10. Black Hills (Olympia) (6-1)