If you’re reading this post, you must be a prep girls basketball fan, right?
And if you live in the Puget Sound area, you have a great opportunity to see what should be some outstanding girls games today as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. events.
Two of them are part of the King Showcase at Showare in Kent, which is where I’ll be all day – and why you’re getting this week’s rankings nice and early before I head out.
First up at 10 a.m. is Jackson vs. Kentwood – two teams that have a chance to made deep post-season runs if they play well, despite injuries. The Conquerors gave unbeaten Mount Rainier its biggest scare of the season Saturday before losing just 63-61. And they haven’t forgotten last year’s season-ending loss to Jackson in the regional round.
Then at 1 p.m., Mount Rainier takes on Oregon City in a battle of No. 1s. Oregon City tops the main 6A poll in Oregon (at least the last one I saw) and features three players with Division I scholarships. The Rams are Washington’s No. 1 4A team thanks largely to junior Brittany McPhee, last year’s state Gatorade Player of the Year who averages better than 27 points per game.
Up at SPU, you can catch two of Washington’s best 3A teams going toe to toe – No. 1 Wilson of Tacoma against No. 3 Cleveland, which clash at 10:30 a.m. in the King Holiday Hoopfest. Neither team has lost to an in-state opponent.
OK, on to this week’s rankings.
Three of the top-10 teams in 4A went down last week – one of them twice. That would be previously unbeaten Arlington, which was 13-0 and ranked No. 4 before losing on Wednesday to then-No. 5 Lynnwood, 47-30. The Eagles then survived a two-point game against Monroe on Friday before suffering a 58-41 defeat at the hands of 3A Stanwood (check out where the Spartans are ranked this week).
Skyline (No. 9 last week), lost to Inglemoor and Union (No. 10) was upset by Skyview.
The result – Lynnwood, Woodinville and Walla Walla each move up a spot in this week’s rankings and Arlington slides to No. 7, just ahead of Puyallup. Skyline and Union are out, replaced by Inglemoor (once 10-0 and rated No. 3) and Federal Way.
Kentwood got serious consideration, along with Beamer – and I’m keeping an eye on Yelm, too. The Tornadoes, up from 3A this season, are 11-2 with some quality wins.
In 3A, the top four remain the same, while Stanwood rises to No. 5 and Bellevue shoots up to No. 6. Holy Names slips two spots after losing for the second time to No. 4 Seattle Prep.
It seems to be a coin toss lately trying to figure out which 3A team from the Greater Spokane League deserves recognition. University took Shadle Park’s spot last week, but the stay was short. The Titans lost to Mount Spokane, which returns to the rankings once again and sits at No. 10.
The only real change in 2A is Ellensburg’s drop to No. 8. The Bulldogs were No. 1 just two short weeks ago, but then lost to Wapato and last week to Grandview.
The big 2A showdown Tuesday will be between No. 6 Archbishop Murphy and No. 7 Cedarcrest.
Oh, and I wanted to mention something about the rankings for the smaller classifications — which I do not do, as pointed out by one reader. It’s not that I don’t care about them. It’s just that I take the rankings pretty seriously (as far as trying to do my homework on them and being as comprehensive as possible — we all know they don’t really mean anything). It’s very time-consuming and it was an effort to just add 2A this season — something we felt we needed to do with the quality 2A teams in our area.
So, I simply do not have the time and resources to do an adequate job of ranking classifications beyond 2A. And like the person who commented said, thank goodness for the Associated Press!
Thanks for reading – but you should really get out and watch one or more of these games today!
1. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (16-0)
2. Mead (Spokane) (13-1)
3. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (13-1)
4. Lynnwood (15-1)
5. Woodinville (14-2)
6. Walla Walla (15-2)
7. Arlington (15-2)
8. Puyallup (16-1)
9. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (12-2)
10. Federal Way (15-2)
1. Wilson (Tacoma) (11-1)
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (15-2)
3. Cleveland (Seattle) (13-2)
4. Seattle Prep (13-3)
5. Stanwood (14-2)
6. Bellevue (15-1)
7. Holy Names (Seattle) (14-2)
8. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (13-3)
9. Ferndale (13-2)
10. Mount Spokane (9-5)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (14-2)
2. Wapato (13-1)
3. W. F. West (Chehalis) (13-3)
4. White River (Buckley (13-3)
5. Burlington-Edison (14-2)
6. Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (14-2)
7. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (13-2)
8. Ellensburg (12-2)
9. Renton (14-2)
10. River Ridge (Lacey) (12-4)