The big suspense about this week’s girls basketball rankings (if there was any) likely revolved around Class 3A.
Who would be No. 1?
Wilson of Tacoma, which has been in the top spot all season, lost last week to then-No. 3 Cleveland, 60-53. Does that mean Cleveland deserves to be No. 1?
You certainly could make a case for it. The young Eagles haven’t lost to a Washington team. But neither has Prairie, which has been ranked No. 2 all season. And the Falcons are the defending state champs.
So…..Prairie it is, with Cleveland right behind at No. 2. I’m only dropping Wilson down to No. 3, although I toyed with moving Settle Prep, Stanwood and Bellevue up further. Bellevue has the best record at 17-1, and definitely could contend for the state title, but I’m leaving the Wolverines at No. 6 for now. They had to go overtime to beat Mercer Island last week — but MI has been playing very well lately and is on the brink of breaking into the top-10.
Everyone else in 3A stays in the same order, too. The only team that lost was Kamiakin, but that was to Walla Walla, who moves into the 4A top-five this week, so I’m not dinging the Braves for that. They remain at No. 8.
I’m not punishing Mount Rainier for last week’s loss to Oregon City, either. The Rams remain at No. 1 in 4A and looked the part against a good Auburn Riverside team on Friday.
The big change in 4A is the absence of Woodinville. Earlier this month, the Falcons moved back into the top-10 after putting together a string of victories and getting Mackenzie Campbell healthy again. But last week they lost back-to-back to Issaquah and Eastlake, so they fall out for now.
Issaquah had a chance to break into the rankings, but wound up losing to Skyline. The Spartans have now won four in a row since falling to Inglemoor (which is now up to No. 7), so I’m putting Skyline back in at No. 9.
Remember, I tend to go with the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately rationale. But not entirely. I’m leaving Arlington in the rankings despite last week’s loss to Lake Stevens, but dropping the Eagles a notch to No. 8. I very nearly gave Lake Stevens a spot, but will wait another week to see if the Vikings (12-6) truly have the pieces put back together now that Brooke Pahukoa is in the lineup again.
Federal Way still clings to No. 10, even though they lost last week to Puyallup, which inches up to No. 6.
The only change in 2A is the flip-flop between Cedarcrest (now No. 6) and Archbishop Murphy (No. 7) after the Red Wolves recorded what is believed to be their first-ever victory over ATM, 50-49. That avenged an earlier 52-50 loss.
This is the final week of regular-season play in many leagues and I’m looking forward to the playoffs. We’ll see how these rankings hold up between now and then.
1. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (18-1)
2. Mead (Spokane) (15-1)
3. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (15-1)
4. Lynnwood (17-1)
5. Walla Walla (17-2)
6. Puyallup (17-1)
7. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (15-2)
8. Arlington (15-3)
9. Skyline (Sammamish) (16-4)
10. Federal Way (16-3)
1. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (15-2)
2. Cleveland (Seattle) (13-2)
3. Wilson (Tacoma) (13-2)
4. Seattle Prep (14-3)
5. Stanwood (16-2)
6. Bellevue (17-1)
7. Holy Names (Seattle) (16-2)
8. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (14-4)
9. Ferndale (16-2)
10. Mount Spokane (11-5)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (16-2)
2. Wapato (15-1)
3. W. F. West (Chehalis) (14-3)
4. White River (Buckley (15-3)
5. Burlington-Edison (16-2)
6. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (16-2)
7. Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (14-3)
8. Ellensburg (14-2)
9. Renton (16-2)
10. River Ridge (Lacey) (14-4)