Are you ready for some playoff basketball?
I sure am, and I’m anxious to see how the girls rankings hold up now that more of these teams get the chance to play each other.
There actually aren’t a lot of changes in any of the top-10s this week. In fact, only one team drops out. That would be Federal Way, which was No. 10 in 4A. The Eagles lost to Beamer last Friday, 60-42, to avenge their only SPSL loss. I was there and you can read my account here.
The young Titans, who also knocked off former-No. 6 Puyallup last week, looked very good at times and I’m rewarding them with the No. 7 spot in this week’s rankings. I look forward to seeing them take on top-ranked Mount Rainier Thursday at Showare in the SPSL championship game.
It will be my first chance to see Puyallup, too. The Vikings, who slip to No. 10, owe their only two losses of the season to Beamer. They’ll face a good test against either Auburn Riverside or Kentwood, which tied for second place in the SPSL North and have to play off Tuesday at Auburn Mountainview.
Another key top-10 game this week is over in the GSL, where No. 2 Mead takes on No. 3 Gonzaga Prep on Thursday. Mead won 68-63 the first time around, back on Jan. 11, to account for G-Prep’s only loss of the season. Mead’s lone loss was to University, 44-43, in the seventh game of the year.
No. 5 Walla Walla pulled out a pair of close games last week, edging Richland by two and Chiawana by one. Keep an eye on Chiawana during the post-season. Remember, though, the GSL and Mid-Columbia Conference get only two regional berths between them. At least one very good team will be staying home.
The new Big 9 has one berth and it looks like Moses Lake won the regular-season title and will be favored in that district tournament, which involves only the Big 9 teams again.
In 3A, the big game last week was between No. 2 Cleveland and then-No. 7 Holy Names. It was all Cleveland, and you can read more about it here.
The only other team to beat Holy Names is No. 4 Seattle Prep (twice). I decided to drop the Cougars just one spot, to No. 8.
And then there was Stanwood’s huge loss to Shorewood, 64-39. The Spartans were at No. 5 and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, to be honest. But their only other losses have been to 4A teams, so I’m leaving them in the rankings at No. 10.
You’ll notice Mount Spokane lost twice last week, but to 4A teams (Gonzaga Prep and Lewis and Clark), so they stay in, too.
The only 2A team to lose was Burlington-Edision, which fell to a good Blaine team (which has also beaten White River; I’m kind of surprised they’re not in the Associated Press 1A rankings). B-E just slides two spots to No. 7.
There are a bunch of tournaments being played this week, and I hope you get the chance to get out to some games. You can find pretty much all of the tourney brackets here.
The first round of the KingCo 3A tournament actually took place on Saturday and the opening Metro games are tonight (Monday).
I’ll do my best to keep you updated.
For now, you can mull these over:
1. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (19-1)
2. Mead (Spokane) (17-1)
3. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (17-1)
4. Lynnwood (19-1)
5. Walla Walla (18-2)
6. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (17-2)
7. Beamer (Federal Way) (17-3)
8. Arlington (17-3)
9. Skyline (Sammamish) (17-4)
10. Puyallup (18-2)
1. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (18-2)
2. Cleveland (Seattle) (18-2)
3. Wilson (Tacoma) (16-2)
4. Seattle Prep (17-3)
5. Bellevue (19-1)
6. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (15-4)
7. Ferndale (18-2)
8. Holy Names (Seattle) (17-3)
9. Mount Spokane (11-7)
10. Stanwood (17-3)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (18-2)
2. Wapato (17-1)
3. W. F. West (Chehalis) (16-3)
4. White River (Buckley (17-3)
5. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (18-2)
6. Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (16-3)
7. Burlington-Edison (16-3)
8. Ellensburg (16-2)
9. Renton (18-2)
10. River Ridge (Lacey) (14-4)