Sorry for the late post today with the updated girls basketball rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A — in meetings for much of the day. In the future I will hope to have them posted by late morning or early afternoon.
It was an exciting week of girls basketball, as I expected — capped by that big showdown between the top two teams in 4A, with No. 1 Lynnwood edging No. 2 Mount Rainier, 57-54, in double-overtime.
So no change there in this week’s rankings. In fact, the top five in 4A remain the same. Mead, last year’s champion, climbs from No. 10 to No. 6, despite two early losses (one to a very good Oregon team). That’s in part because teams I had ranked Nos. 6-9 all loss, and for now drop ty my watch list (which I am not listing on the blog, by the way).
At No. 7 I am going with Moses Lake, which edged Chiawana (former No. 6) last week (Chiawana also lost to a great Coeur d’Alene team). The Chiefs did lose a close one to Walla Walla (now 2-2) early on, but get nod for now.
Eastlake earns the No. 8 spot after a narrow win over Inglemoor (former No. 9). I still think the Vikings can be state material, but they’re not playing like it right now. Eastlake’s lone loss was in its opener, against Mount Rainier — by just four points.
Edmonds-Woodway slides in at No. 9 after beating Jackson, ranked seventh last week. The Warriors did lost to Mountlake Terrace (3A No. 8), but I consider that a quality loss and it was only by one point.
I gave several teams consideration for the 10th and final slot, and nearly went with Auburn Riverside. But for this week I’m going with Puyallup. I’ve got a close eye on Arlington, too.
There are some big 4A games this week. Lynnwood has Edmonds-Woodway Wednesday and Jackson Friday. Kentwood, which was No. 8 last week but dropped out after losing to Kentridge, has Auburn Riverside Tuesday and Mount Rainier Friday.
In 3A, there are no changes in the top six. No. 6 Bellevue did drop a game, but it was to No. 5 Glacier Peak and only by eight points.
University lost twice, but I didn’t drop the Titans allof the way out of the top-10 since those losses were to a pretty good 4A team in Lewis and Clark and Kamiakin, still No. 2 in 3A. They hang in at No. 9.
Holy Names creeps up to No. 7 and Mountlake Terrace takes the No. 8 spot.
Shadle Park falls out with two more losses — yes, to 4A teams, but pretty lopsided. Hard to keep a 1-3 team in the rankings, although with those 3A GSL teams it’s tough because they play those good 4A GSL squads, too.
And the No. 10 spot goes to……Bishop Blanchet! Yes, the Braves are young and have not been contenders for a while, but I like what they’ve done so far, and they can make a statement with a win over No. 7 Holy Names on Wednesday.
Sunnyside is knocking on the door.
Among this week’s key games in 3A: Belleuve at Juanita Friday.
The only changes in 2A are at the bottom, where Lynden steps up to No. 9 and Cedarcrest checks in at No. 10. Grandview drops out for now, losing to Sunnyside and No. 2 Ellensburg, but the Greyhounds aren’t off my radar by any means.
Others in consideration include Burlington-Edision, Sumner and one or two (or three) of the Great Northenr League teams (East Valley, West Valley and Colville are all unbeaten now).
W.F. West takes on River Ridge in what should be an interesting game Tuesday, and White River gets a shot at top-ranked Mark Morris Saturday at the Showare Center.
OK, that’s it for now and here are the latest rankings:
1. Lynnwood (5-0)
Beat Kamiak 58-23, beat No. 2 Mount Rainier 57-54 (2 OT)
2. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (5-1)
Beat Kentlake 71-40, beat Tahoma 57-46, lost to No. 1 Lynnwood 57-54 (2 OT)
3. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (4-1)
Beat Central Valley 70-66, beat Rogers (Spokane) 67-24
4. Beamer (Federal Way) (4-0)
Beat Emerald Ridge 67-27, beat Spanaway Lake 70-27
5. Skyview (Vancouver) (3-0)
Beat McMinville (OR) 70-38
6. Mead (Spokane) (3-2)
Beat North Central 60-44, beat Ferris 74-47
7. Moses Lake (4-1)
Beat Chiawana (former No. 6) 67-63, beat Wenatchee 54-43, beat Eastmont 60-10
8. Eastlake (Sammamish) (3-1)
Beat Inglemoor 46-45, beat Inglemoor (former No. 9) 46-45, beat Woodinville 65-56
9. Edmonds-Woodway (3-1)
Lost to Mountlake Terrrace (3A No. 8) 63-62, beat Jackson (former No. 7) 78-71
10. Puyallup (5-0)
Beat Curtis 62-28, beat Bethel 48-44
Dropped out – Chiawana (1-2), Jackson (1-1), Kentwood (3-1), Inglemoor (2-2)
1. Cleveland (Seattle) (3-0)
Beat Seattle Prep 72-35, beat Ingraham 65-9, beat Chief Sealth 69-33
2. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (3-0)
Beat Hermiston (OR) 62-47, beat No. 9 University (Spokane) 59-49
3. Juanita (Kirkland) (6-0)
Beat Issaquah 57-50, beat Lake Washington (2A No. 7) 71-57, beat Mercer Island 63-47
4. Everett (4-0)
Beat Mount Vernon 59-42, beat Monroe 55-41
5. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (5-0)
Beat No. 6 Bellevue 57-49, beat Kamiak 55-38
6. Bellevue (3-1)
Lost to No. 5 Glacier Peak 57-49, beat Sammamish 68-42, beat Interlake 66-29
7. Holy Names (Seattle) (3-0)
Beat Nathan Hale 62-21, beat Eastside Catholic 46-35
8. Mountlake Terrace (5-0)
Beat Edmonds-Woodway (4A No. 9) 63-62, beat Meadowdale 40-36
9. University (Spokane) (2-2)
Lost to Lewis and Clark 63-51, lost to No. 2 Kamiakin 59-49
10. Bishop Blanchet (4-0)
Beat Franklin 61-22, beat Lakeside 58-39
Dropped out – Shadle Park (1-3)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (4-0)
Beat Kelso 75-48
2. Ellensburg (3-0)
Beat No. 10 Grandview 52-48
3. W.F. West (Chehalis) (2-1)
Beat Port Angeles 61-34
4. White River (Buckley) (2-0)
Beat Washington 62-12
5. River Ridge (Lacey) (4-0)
Beat Yelm 55-45, beat Olympic 47-28
6. Renton (4-1)
Lost to Lincoln 43-42, beat Tyee 64-49, beat Hazen 56-22
7. Lake Washington (Kirkland) (4-1)
Lost to Juanita (3A No. 3) 71-57, beat Mount Si 53-34
8. Black Hills (4-1)
Beat Union 63-44, beat Timberline 65-42
9. Lynden (2-1)
Beat Sehome 61-37, lost to Lake Stevens 55-45
10. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (5-1)
Beat Coupeville 66-27, beat Mount Si 64-57, beat South Whidbey 80-37
Dropped out – No. 9 Grandview (2-2)