Even with the abbreviated schedule for some teams because of the snow last Friday, it was another interesting week of girls basketball.
And before I go any further, I want to let you know that the next set of rankings won’t be posted until Jan. 6, when there will be lots to catch up on with several tournaments going on between now and then.
I touched on a few local scores that caused my eyebrows to shoot up in my blog notebook last Thursday, Post-Ups. But many others affected this week’s state girls basketball rankings in Class 4A, 3A and 2A.
In 4A, I continue to feel good about the top-five, led by Lynnwood — coming off that crushing, 60-15 victory over a pretty solid Edmonds-Woodway squad. I had E-W ranked No. 9 last week, but when you only score 15 points — even against a nationally-rated team like Lynnwood — you take a seat on the sidelines for awhile.
I think the jury is still out on the second five, to be honest. Sixth might be a bit high for Eastlake, but Mead has three losses (most recently to No. 3 Gonzaga Prep, although there’s no shame in that) and Moses Lake drops out after dropping two straight.
So, the Wolves wind up at No. 6.
And with two new spots available, I’m going with Arlington and Central Valley this week. Arlington — second at state last year — got a solid win over Mountlake Terrace last week and is still unbeaten. CV’s only loss was early on to GPrep, and it was close (70-66).
Kentwood and Chiawana, both previously ranked, are still in high consideration.
In 3A, I was quite surprised to see Kamiakin drop three in a row! The first was to Sunnyside, a team I had on my watch list from the beginning of the season. And the other two were to 4A teams, including Chiawana.
Still, those were games I would have expected the Braves to win, unless they had some injury problems. Sure enough, that’s the case. Sira Toure, one of the state’s top players, is out but expected back after the holidays. And she is not the only key players sidelined. I read one story where Kamaikin played with just eight girls.
I originally thought about dropped the Braves completely out of the rankings — until they got healthy. But then I considered the quality of the losses, and am leaving them in at No. 9 for now.
Part of that has to do with not being sure of who is more deserving. Ferndale nearly jumped in, but is still on the doorstep. To make room for Sunnyside, and to leave Kamiakin in, I’ve slipped University out of the top-10 this week. It was going to be the Titans or Holy Names on the outside looking in, and I’m giving the nod to the Cougars at this point.
Cleveland stays at No. 1 despite going 1-2 at the Nike Tournament of Champions. Those were quality losses and the Eagles had a chance to win both. I generally don’t penalize teams for out-of-state losses.
In 2A there is only some mild juggling. We’ll see how that top-10 looks at the start of the new year. I was a bit troubled by Renton’s 16-point loss to Liberty (yes, a 3A team, but still….), so Black Hills vaults up to No. 6 this week.
I’ve still got an eye on Grandview, West Valley of Yakima, Colville and East Valley of Spokane.
OK, so here you go with the last set of rankings for 2013:
1. Lynnwood (6-0)
Beat Edmonds-Woodway (former No. 9) 60-15
2. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (6-1)
Beat Jefferson 72-18
3. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (6-1)
Beat No. 7 Mead 63-48, beat North Central 73-47
4. Beamer (Federal Way) (5-0)
Beat Bethel 65-30
5. Skyview (Vancouver) (5-0)
Beat St. Mary’s Academy (OR) 48-44, beat Kelso 64-34
6. Eastlake (Sammamish) (5-1)
Beat Roosevelt 55-42, beat Lakeside 70-60
7. Mead (Spokane) (4-3)
Lost to No. 3 Gonzaga Prep 63-48, beat Mount Spokane 47-43
8. Puyallup (7-0)
Beat Lakes 57-41, beat Graham-Kapowsin 50-11
9. Arlington (6-0)
Beat Mountlake Terrace (3A No. 8) 53-31, beat Shorecrest 58-43
10. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (4-1)
Beat Rogers (Spokane) 65-24, beat University 45-39
Dropped out – Moses Lake (4-3), Edmonds-Woodway (3-2)
1. Cleveland (Seattle) (4-2)
Lost to Etiwanda (CA) 63-57, lost to Carondelet (CA) 78-75, beat Sacramento (CA) 62-47
2. Juanita (Kirkland) (7-0)
Beat Sammamish 55-28
3. Everett (5-0)
Beat Oak Harbor 75-16
4. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (7-0)
Beat Shorecrest 52-41, beat Meadowdale 66-37
5. Bellevue (4-1)
Beat Lake Washington (2A No. 8) 81-65
6. Bishop Blanchet (Seattle) (7-0)
Beat Eastside Catholic 62-33, beat Holy Names (No. 7 at the time) 34-27, beat Lake Washington (2A No. 8) 52-42
7. Sunnyside (6-1)
Beat Kamiakin (former No. 2) 69-59, beat Eisenhower 55-28, beat Moses Lake (former 4A No. 7) 83-71
8. Mountlake Terrace (5-1)
Lost to Arlington (4A No. 9) 53-31
9. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (4-3)
Lost to Sunnyside (now No. 7) 69-59, lost to Richland 58-52, lost to Chiawana 59-48
10. Holy Names (Seattle) (4-1)
Lost to No. 6 Bishop Blanchet 34-27, beate Lakes 66-38
Dropped out – University (Spokane) (3-3)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (7-0)
Beat Hudson’s Bay 73-26, beat Evergreen (Vancouver) 52-19, beat No. 4 White River 75-53
2. Ellensburg (5-0)
Beat East Valley (Yakima) 47-38, beat Ephrata 62-25
3. W.F. West (Chehalis) (4-1)
Beat No. 5 River Ridge 43-23, beat Tumwater 76-29
4. White River (Buckley) (4-1)
Beat Fife 65-25, beat Clover Park 63-12, lost to No. 1 Mark Morris 75-53
5. River Ridge (Lacey) (5-1)
Lost to No. 3 W.F. West 43-23, beat Capital 60-34
6. Black Hills (Olympia) (6-1)
Beat Aberdeen 73-35, beat Centralia 63-26. Black Hills
7. Renton (5-2)
Lost to Liberty 50-34, beat Evergreen 60-21
8. Lake Washington (Kirkland) (4-2)
Lost to Bellevue (3A No. 5) 81-65, lost to Bishop Blanchet (3A No. 6) 52-42
9. Lynden (4-1)
Beat Mount Baker 73-59, beat Lynden 56-39
10. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (6-1)
Beat Sultan 69-21
Dropped out – None