Wow — a lot can happen in girls basketball around the state during a two-week span!
I was off for the bulk of last week (thus no new rankins in Week 4), but I checked out scores fairly often and of course I was very curious how that game would go between Lynnwood and Cleveland, the top-ranked teams in Class 4A and 3A, respectively.
I have to admit that I kind of expected Lynnwood to come out on top in a close game, but props to Cleveland for an impressive, 59-49 victory! The Eagles solidified their spot atop the 3A rankings — although 10-0 Juanita is playing awfully well right now, too.
And I’m leaving Lynnwood at No. 1 in 4A this week, too. The Royals have a lot of weapons and I don’t feel they should be penalized for losing to perhaps the best overall team in the state.
The other local game of high interest paired Mount Rainier against Beamer and that, too, proved to be entertaining from what I heard and read.
Since I had Mount Rainier ranked No. 2 and Beamer No. 4, I obviously thought the Rams would have the upper hand, especially with Brittany McPhee (who gives them a chance in any game). But I honestly figured Beamer might have a little more talent top to bottom and sure enough the Titans pulled off the 64-59 victory.
So, Gonzaga Prep moves up from third to second and Beamer goes to No. 3, followed by Skyview and Mount Rainier. Eastlake stays at No. 6 despite going 3-0 at the Surf ‘N Slam tournament, with Mead, Puyallup and Arlington holding their spots as well.
I plan to get out to see Beamer and Puyallup square off Tuesday night at Puyallup.
Central Valley, which lost to both Chiawana and Lewis and Clark over the holidays, drops out of the top-10 and I’ve put Chiawana back in. The Riverhawks have won eight straight after their 0-2 start.
I struggled a bit with 3A, becuase several 3A top-10 teams struggled!
Everett, which was up to No. 3 after starting 5-0, lost three straight at one point. Sure, two of those were to 4A teams (Jackson and Snohomish), but the loss to Liberty troubled me. It also has me keeping a closer eye on the Patriots.
The Seagulls bounced back with two wins, but have dropped to No. 9.
I’ve jumped Bellevue to No. 3 and the Wolverines appear to be hitting their stride. They not only won the MaxPreps Holiday Classic, but beat a pretty good Davis team by 18. Bellevue and Juanita were going to play Tuesday (rescheduled from Dec. 20, when it snowed), but apparently the game was postponed again, this time due to a lack of available officials.
After the top three in 3A, though, it was a scramble. I moved Bishop Blanchet to No. 4, even though the Braves lost by 16 to Inglemoor. The Vikings were ranked in 4A early on and had three solid wins over the holidays. I’ll be anxious to see them play Mount Rainier at the Showare Center on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20.
Blanchet gets a huge test Wednesday against Cleveland.
Glacier Peak had a chance to move up from No. 4 with three wins at the Rebel Challenge, then lost by two to Shorewood. But with 10 victories, the Grizzlies didn’t fall far — just to No. 5.
Sunnyside won its only game during the stretch (against a struggling Prosser team), but I’m not entirely sold on that squad just yet so those Grizzlies stay at No. 6.
Kamiakin’s losing streak hit four, against 4A Moses Lake (once ranked), but the Braves finally got their top player back and netted two wins, so they climb to No. 7.
Holy Names moves up to No. 8 and Everett hangs in the rankings at No. 9. Mountlake Terrace drops out for now after going 2-2 over the break (one of those losses coming against Blanchet) and we’ll see how the Hawks do Wednesday against Glacier Peark.
New to the 3A rankings this week is 9-0 Lincoln of Tacoma. I don’t know much about the Abes, but they did knock off previously unbeaten Central Kitsap recently (although I heard CK was missing some players).
I’ve still got an eye on Ferndale.
In 2A, Mark Morris continues to be the heavy favorite. Ellensburg, No. 2 in the last rankings, was upset by Toppenish and slips to No. 7. I’ve bumped W.F. West up from third to second — despite a lopsided loss to Juanita. Remember, the Rebels are No. 2 in 3A. And W.F. West did handle White River pretty easily, 53-34.
White River slides just one spot, from third to fourth, and Black Hills gets the No. 3 spot thanks largely to a 62-61 win over No. 5 River Ridge, which holds its spot.
Cedarcrest shoots up to No. 6 and 9-1 Sumner climbs in at No. 8. The Spartans will take on White River Jan. 14.
Renton, which went 1-1 in a tournament at Spanaway Lake (losing to a California team), hangs in at No. 9, but Lynden is out after a 2-2 stretch. I had tons of candidates for the 10th and final slot in the 2A poll and decided to go with Colville, which has lost only to Post Falls (by one point).
West Valley of Yakima (which has lost only to Kamiakin) got a hard look along with a West Valley of Spokane and East Valley of Spokane. Those latter two teams are in the Great Northern League with Colville, so will get their shot.
So, that’s your girls basketball fix for today, and here are those new rankings:
1. Lynnwood (8-1)
Went 2-1, losing to Cleveland (3A No. 1) 59-49
2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (7-1)
Beat University 60-31
3. Beamer (Federal Way) (8-0)
Went 3-0, including 64-59 win over Mount Rainier (then No. 2)
4. Skyview (Vancouver) (8-1)
Went 3-1 in Nike Interstate Shootout to finish third
5. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (7-2)
Lost to No. 3 Beamer 64-59, beat Auburn Riverside 61-39
6. Eastlake (Sammamish) (8-1)
Went 3-0 in Surf ‘N Slam tournament
7. Mead (Spokane) (5-3)
Beat Rogers (Spokane) 70-35
8. Puyallup (8-0)
Beat Federal Way 48-47
9. Arlington (9-0)
Won three WesCo 4A North games
10. Chiawana (Pasco) (8-2)
Went 4-0 to stretch win streak to eight
Dropped out – Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (5-3)
1. Cleveland (Seattle) (7-2)
Went 3-0, including 59-49 win over Lynnwood (4A No. 1)
2. Juanita (Kirkland) (10-0)
Went 3-0 in Rebel Challenge
3. Bellevue (9-1)
Went 4-0 to win MaxPreps Holiday Classic, then beat Davis (Yakima) 69-51
4. Bishop Blanchet (Seattle) (8-1)
Beat Mountlake Terrace (then No. 8) 64-59, lost to Inglemoor 50-34
5. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (10-1)
Went 3-0 in Rebel Challenge, then lost to Shorewood 54-52
6. Sunnyside (7-1)
Beat Prosser 64-24
7. Kamiakin (Kennewick) 6-4
Dropped fourth straight (Moses Lake), then won next two
8. Holy Names (Seattle) (8-1)
Went 3-0 in Rebel Challenge, then beat Seattle Prep 48-42
9. Everett (7-3)
Lost three straight, then won the next two
10. Lincoln (Tacoma) (9-0)
Went 4-0, beating three 4A teams along the way
Dropped out – Mountlake Terrace (7-3)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (9-0)
Beat Heritage 67-20, beat Battle Ground 69-41
2. W.F. West (Chehalis) (8-2)
Went 4-1, losing only to Juanita (3A No. 2)
3. Black Hills (Olympia) (8-1)
Beat Kingston 66-35, beat No. 5 River Ridge 62-61
4. White River (Buckley) (7-2)
Went 3-1, losing to No. 2 W.F. West 53-34
5. River Ridge (Lacey) (5-1)
Lost to No. 3 Black Hills 62-61, beat Capital 60-34
6. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (8-1)
Beat Franklin 80-29, beat Oak Harbor 74-35
7. Ellensburg (6-1)
Lost to Toppenish 53-41, beat Prosser 54-27
8. Sumner (9-1)
Went 3-0 to stretch win streak to eight
9. Renton (6-3)
Lost to Skyline (Oakland) 45-38, beat Spanaway Lake 58-34
10. Colville (6-1)
Beat Priest River (ID) 50-46, lost to Post Falls (ID) 42-41
Dropped out – Lake Washington (5-5), Lynden (6-3)