It’s been two weeks since I’ve updated the state high-school girls basketball rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A, due to a holiday break.
So, there was plenty to catch up on and my head is still spinning!
You’ll find all kinds of movement in all three polls, although there is only one new No. 1 — unbeaten Ellensburg in Class 2A. So let’s start there.
White River held the top spot for the first three weeks, but drops to No. 5 after losing three of its past five games. All three came against quality teams — including Mount Rainier, still No. 1 in Class 4A. The others were to Blaine (a good 1A squad) and — just last Saturday — to W.F. West. The score of that last game (55-36) was enough to concern me, and enough to elevate the Chehalis squad from No. 9 to No. 4 in this week’s rankings.
I believe Ellensburg is the only unbeaten 2A team in the state, so the Bulldogs (previously No. 5) rise to the top. They get a big test Friday against No. 3 Wapato (9-1), which has won nine in a row since a season-opening loss to Zillah (a solid 1A team).
I’ve dropped Aberdeen and Black Hills out for now and given the last two spots in the 2A rankings to Renton and River Ridge.
In 3A, I’m sticking with Wilson at No. 1. The Rams’ only loss has been to powerful Oregon City, and although the margin of that loss (46 points) was alarming, it wasn’t enough to cost them the top spot, in my book. Prairie and Cleveland remain 2-3, but Kamiakin slips to No. 5 after an upset loss to Hanford.
Seattle Prep climbs from No. 9 to No. 4, thanks largely to last month’s victory over Holy Names, which dips from No. 5 to No. 6.
Lakeside temporarily falls out of the top-10, although the Lions played Holy Names very tough last week, losing in OT. I had to find a way to get Juanita in the top-10 after the Rebels handed Bellevue its first loss of the season just before the holidays. Juanita gets the No. 9 spot and Bellevue hangs in at No. 10.
Don’t let Shadle Park’s 5-4 record fool you. Remember, the Highlanders play in that tough Greater Spokane League, and all four of their losses have been to 4A teams.
Mount Rainier and Gonzaga Prep continue to rank 1-2 in Class 4A, and both are unbeaten. But there is plenty of movement elsewhere. Inglemoor (formerly No. 3) suffered its first loss of the season last week to Woodinville, which climbs in at No. 7. Inglemoor sits at No. 8.
Arlington is the only other unbeaten team in 4A, rising to No. 4. The Eagles face a tough Jackson team in Friday and also have dangerous Edmonds-Woodway on Wednesday (remember, E-W knocked off Snohomish last week, which cost the Panthers their top-10 spot).
Skyline, which has not lost to a Washington team, ascends to No. 5. Bellarmine Prep tumbles out after dropping four straight and Union goes back to the watch list, even though the Titans’ three losses came earlier in the season. I felt I had to make room for Walla Walla and Beamer. The Titans handed Puyallup its only loss of the season last week and have fallen only to Oregon City and Wilson.
So, check these out and let me know what you think:
1. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (11-0)
2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (9-0)
3. Mead (Spokane) (8-1)
4. Arlington (11-0)
5. Skyline (Sammamish) (11-2)
6. Lynnwood (10-1)
7. Woodinville (10-2)
8. Walla Walla (11-1)
9. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (10-1)
10. Beamer (Federal Way) (9-2)
1. Wilson (Tacoma) (7-1)
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (11-2)
3. Cleveland (Seattle) (8-2)
4. Seattle Prep (8-3)
5. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (10-2)
6. Holy Names (Seattle) (9-1)
7. Stanwood (9-2)
8. Shadle Park (Spokane) (5-4)
9. Juanita (Kirkland) (9-3)
10. Bellevue (10-1)
1. Ellensburg (10-0)
2. Mark Morris (Longview) (10-2)
3. Wapato (9-1)
4. W. F. West (Chehalis) (9-3)
5. White River (Buckley (9-3)
6. Burlington-Edison (10-2)
7. Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (9-2)
8. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (10-2)
9. Renton (10-2)
10. River Ridge (Lacey)
Information in this post, originally published Jan. 7, 2013, was corrected Jan. 7, 2013. A previous version of this post incorrectly included Ferndale in the 2A rankings. Ferndale is a 3A school, but not currently ranked.