What a wild week of prep girls basketball — especially in Class 3A and 2A!
I’ve been scrambling most of the day trying to figure out how to rearrange major parts of the rankings in both classifications. I’ve shaken things up a bit, although there are no changes at the top, where Cleveland stays strong atop the 3A list and Mark Morris remains No. 1 in 2A — even though the Monarchs suffered their first loss of the season.
That’s because that loss came to a very good Skyview team, which ranked No. 4 in 4A. No crime there.
But let’s start in 4A, where the only changes come toward the bottom. Puyallup, No. 8 the past two weeks, drops out after suffering its first two losses of the season, back to back.
I wasn’t going to punish the Vikings for Tuesday’s loss to No. 3 Beamer. In fact, I was pretty impressed with the team throughout the first half. But then they lost to Emerald Ridge. So for now they drop back to the watch list.
Arlington and Chiawana each climb one spot and Inglemoor returns to the rankings at No. 10. The Vikings have been playing very well lately and I hope to get out and see them take on No. 6 Eastlake on Saturday. The Wolves won just 46-45 the first time around, but are also on a hot streak with their lone loss coming against No. 5 Mount Rainier.
The other big 4A game in the area Friday finds unbeaten, ninth-ranked Arlington against No. 1 Lynnwood. Hopefully we can get someone to that game, too.
OK, so on to 3A, where four teams in last week’s top-10 drop out — including Bellevue, which was riding high at No. 3 and seemingly primed for a showdown with No. 2 Juanita tonight (Monday).
Apparently, the Wolverines got caught looking ahead not once, but twice. I wasn’t totally shocked by the 50-47 overtime loss to Liberty. The Patriots had gotten my attention with a 59-48 victory over a pretty good Everett team over the holdays.
The Seagulls were ranked No. 3 at the time (maybe that spot is jinxed!). Two of Liberty’s three losses have been to 4A teams and the other was to Juanita — in overtime. So the Pats now jump in the rankings at No. 9 — and we’ll see what they do Wednesday against Juanita.
What cost Bellevue more was the follow-up loss to Mercer Island, which is just 6-5 (but 4-2 in league play). The Islanders have some quality players and proved they can’t be taken lightly. But they did lose 46-29 to Liberty last month. Nonetheless, they deserve a shout-out for that win over Bellevue and maybe they are primed for a strong stretch run.
I e-mailed Bellevue coach Leah Krautter to see what she had to say about the back-to-back losses, and she gave credit to both opponents for coming ready to play, while her team was not mentally prepared. She also called it a wake-up call.
We’ll see, and don’t be surprised to see the Wolverines back in the top-10 before long.
Glacier Peak, Everett and Lincoln also fell off the list for now, but are still teams I could see making strong post-season runs. GP lost to Mountlake Terrace, which is now back in the rankings at No. 10. Everett, which had seemed to right tis ship after dropping three straight over the holidays, went down against Shorwood, 78-73 in OT.
I tell you, Shorewood has been a bit of a giant killer lately, beating Glacier Peak to start the New Year. I’ve got that 8-4 team on my radar, but Mountlake Terrace gets the nod after winning head-to-head a few weeks ago.
Lincoln gets bumped in favor of Wilson, which handed the Abes their first loss last week. And Prairie (which has lost only to Skyview) jumps in at No. 6. I’ve still got West Seattle in mind, too, and the Wildcats could make a statement if they can handle No. 5 Holy Names on Friday.
The biggest change in 2A comes with Ellensburg dropping out. The Bulldogs are just 2-2 recently, losing on Saturday to West Valley of Yakima, which checks in at No. 8 this week. And the other West Valley (of Spokane) gets the No. 9 spot after beating Colville.
There were some tough choices there with East Valley of Spokane getting a hard look, too, along with Lynden — which upset White River 49-32 on Saturday.
The Hornets were ranked No. 4 at the time and I nearly booted them all of the way out in favor of the Lions. I asked White River coach Chris Gibson about that loss and he noted his team scored just three points in the fourth quarter and shot just 20.1 percent from the field for the game.
I ultimately decided to keep the Hornets in at No. 10 — and I’ll be very interested to see how they do againt No. 6 Sumner on Tuesday. I’ll keep a steady eye on Lynden as well. The Lions are 8-4, and the only loss that really has me questioning them came against Burlington-Edison.
1. Lynnwood (10-1)
Beat Mount Vernon 64-34, beat Lake Stevens 66-29
2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (9-1)
Beat Mount Spokane 69-45, beat Shadle Park 82-32
3. Beamer (Federal Way) (10-0)
Beat Puyallup (then No. 8) 56-39, beat Curtis 74-45
4. Skyview (Vancouver) (11-1)
Beat Camas 61-38, beat Mark Morris (2A No. 1) 48-32, beat Battle Ground 72-27
5. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (9-2)
Beat Kent-Meridian 73-31, beat Kentwood 76-48
6. Eastlake (Sammamish) (10-1)
Beat Ballard 53-41, beat Redmond 71-40
7. Mead (Spokane) (7-3)
Beat University 66-46, beat Lewis & Clark 77-65
8. Arlington (11-0)
Beat Cascade 70-30, beat Edmonds-Woodway 49-48
9. Chiawana (Pasco) (10-2)
Beat Southridge 51-23, beat Pasco 64-24
10. Inglemoor (Knemore) (7-3)
Beat Roosevelt 68-36, beat Woodinville 51-42
Dropped out – Puyallup (8-2)
1. Cleveland (Seattle) (9-2)
Beat No. 4 Bishop Blanchet 75-37, beat Rainier Beach 77-7
2. Juanita (Kirkland) (12-0)
Beat Mount Si 65-27, beat Interlake 80-32
3. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (8-4)
Beat Pasco 74-29, beat Hanford 61-46
4. Bishop Blanchet (Seattle) (9-2)
Lost to No. 1 Cleveland 75-37, beat Seattle Prep 65-51
5. Holy Names (Seattle) (10-1)
Beat Franklin 65-30, beat Lakeside 40-31
6. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (9-1)
Beat Kelso 69-53, beat Mountain View 75-25
7. Wilson (Tacoma) (9-2)
Beat Lincoln (then No. 10) 53-43, beat Foss 66-17
8. Sunnyside (8-2)
Beat Eastmont 71-21, lost to Davis 50-48
9. Liberty (Issaquah) (9-3)
Beat Bellevue (then No. 3) 50-47 in OT, beat Lake Washington 55-50
10. Mountlake Terrace (9-3)
Beat Glacier Peak (then No. 5) 50-48, beat Oak Harbor 67-18
Dropped out – Bellevue (9-3), Glacier Peak (11-2), Everett (8-4), Lincoln (10-1)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (10-1)
Beat Hockinson 76-30, lost to Skyview (4A No. 4) 48-32
2. W.F. West (Chehalis) (9-2)
Beat No. 3 Black Hills 70-42
3. Black Hills (Olympia) (10-2)
Beat Capital 70-28, lost to No. 2 W.F. West 70-42, beat Timberline 64-54
4. River Ridge (Lacey) (10-2)
Beat Centralia 75-50, beat Aberdeen 54-34
5. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (10-1)
Beat Archbishop Murphy 67-32, beat Granite Falls 79-19
6. Sumner (11-1)
Beat Clover Park 61-17, beat Washington 60-14
7. Renton (8-3)
Beat Foster 60-27, beat Lindbergh 55-21
8. West Valley (Yakima) (9-1)
Beat East Valley (Yakima) 40-37, beat Ellensburg (then No. 7) 59-44
9. West Valley (Spokane) (8-2)
Beat Pullman 43-40, beat Colville (then No. 10) 46-37
10. White River (Buckley) 9-3
Beat Steilacoom 58-24, beat Orting 66-8, lost to Lynden 49-32
Dropped out – Ellensburg (7-2), Colville (6-3)