All in all, it was a relatively quiet week across the state for prep girls basketball, at least in terms of what would be considered big “upsets” involving ranked teams.
Oh, there were some ranked teams that lost, and a couple actually dropped out of the top-10 (Arlington in 4A and Wilson in 3A).
I’m more excited about some big matchups this week, especially in 4A and 3A. It’s a key stretch for Lynnwood, ranked No. 1 in 4A. The Royals take out their biggest South Division rival, Jackson, twice this week — tonight (Monday) and Friday — and inbetween face a solid Edmonds-Woodway squad.
And I’ll let you know right now that Jackson is back in the rankings at No. 10 this week after bumping Arlington, 58-56. The Timberwolves (13-2) also avenged one of their earlier losses, to Edmonds-Woodway, and have a nine-game winning streak on the line.
Lynnwood’s lone loss came on New Year’s Day to Cleveland, the top-ranked 3A team in the state. I couldn’t get out to tonight’s showdown, but if it’s any kind of game at all, I plan to be there for the rematch on Friday.
And on Wednesday I’m hoping to catch No. 8 Eastlake against Newport, a clash of division leaders in KingCo 4A.
Oh, I want to take a second to apologize for an errors I had in last week’s rankings with Central Valley’s record. For some reason I showed the Bears at 13-2. They were 9-3! And now they’re 10-4, after losing for a second time to second-ranked Gonzaga Prep.
I’m still leaving CV in the top-10 (the Bears did beat Mead and their other losses were to solid teams, No. 5 Chiawana and Lewis and Clark). But they sink one spot to No. 9.
In 3A, Cleveland is playing so well right now! The Eagles absolutely crushed Wilson last Monday, 70-37. I had the Rams ranked No. 6 at the time — that was their first loss to a 3A team. But not their last. They stumbled laster in the week to Timberline, which is on a big of a hot streak.
So, for now Wilson is back on my watch list and Glacier Peak pops back in at No. 10. The 14-2 Grizzlies have a big game against 11-3 Shorecrest on Wednesday.
There’s a big Metro clash tonight between No. 3 Bishop Blanchet and No. 5 Holy Names. The Braves won 34-27 the first time around and that might have been a record low for Holy Names. That was just the fourth game of the season for the Cougars, who are 12-0 since.
No. 2 Prairie suffered its third loss of the season, but I’m not penalizing the Falcons since it came against Mark Morris, the top-ranked squad in 2A that can hold its own against pretty much anyone.
Sunnyside stays in despite a nine-point loss to Moses Lake, which is a solid 4A team.
There are no changes in 2A, where No. 2 W.F. West edged No. 4 River Ridge last week, 45-42. River Ridge faces No. 3 Black Hills Friday, looking to avenge an earlier 62-61 loss.
So that’s the rundown, and now you can check out the latest rankings:
1. Lynnwood (14-1)
Beat Snohomish 64-46, beat Kamiak 60-33
2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (13-1)
Beat No. 9 Central Valley 65-58, beat Rogers (Spokane) 69-10
3. Beamer (Federal Way) (16-0)
Beat Kentwood 53-40, beat Spanaway Lake 62-7, beat Curtis 64-37
4. Skyview (Vancouver) (15-1)
Beat Heritage 65-13, beat Camas 63-32
5. Chiawana (Pasco) (15-2)
Beat Kennewick 69-26, beat Southridge 75-19
6. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (13-3)
Beat No. 7 Mount Rainier 68-53, beat Skyline 56-44, beate Redmond 66-32
7. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (14-2)
Lost to No. 6 Inglemoor 68-53, beat Tahoma 77-44, beat Kentwood 66-42
8. Eastlake (Sammamish) (13-2)
Beat Garfield 55-44, beat Bothell 66-32
9. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (10-4)
Lost to No. 2 Gonzaga Prep 65-58, beat Shadle Park 59-46
10. Jackson (Mill Creek) (13-2)
Beat Arlington (then No. 10) 58-56, beat Edmonds-Woodway 58-52
Dropped out – Arlington (14-3)
1. Cleveland (Seattle) (14-2)
Beat Wilson (then No. 6) 70-37, beat West Seattle 61-36, beat Nathan Hale 69-21
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (13-3)
Beat Hudson’s Bay 75-25, lost to Mark Morris (2A No. 1) 57-46, beat Kelso 54-37
3. Bishop Blanchet (Seattle) (13-2)
Beat Eastside Catholic 65-35
4. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (10-6)
Beat Southridge 61-36, beat Pasco 77-42
5. Holy Names (Seattle) (15-1)
Beat Seattle Prep 66-43, beat Bainbridge 67-22
6. Liberty (Issaquah) (14-3)
Beat Interlake 51-39, beat Mount Si 31-26, beat Mount Si 69-39
7. Juanita (Kirkland) (16-1)
Beat Lake Washington 56-46, beat Bellevue 64-47
8. Mountlake Terrace (13-3)
Beat Everett 59-49, beat Meadowdale 48-32
9. Sunnyside (11-3)
Lost to Moses Lake 67-58, beat Eastmont 64-37
10. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (14-2)
Beat Oak Harbor 52-12, beat Everett 72-71
Dropped out – Wilson (12-4)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (14-1)
Beat R.A. Long 72-16, beat Prairie (3A No. 2) 57-46
2. W.F. West (Chehalis) (14-2)
Beat No. 4 River Ridge 45-42, beat Tumwater 62-25
3. Black Hills (Olympia) (14-2)
Beat Aberdeen 72-52, beat Centralia 65-35
4. River Ridge (Lacey) (12-3)
Lost to No. 2 W.F. West 45-42, beat Capital 588-28
5. Sumner (15-1)
Beat Franklin Pierce 62-28, beat Steilacoom 73-10
6. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (13-2)
Beat Coupeville 57-47, beaet South Whidbey 73-23
7. West Valley (Yakima) (13-1)
Beat Prosser 48-17, beat Wapato 66-49
8. Renton (12-4)
Beat Evergreen 67-15, beat Hazen 64-33
9. Ellensburg (11-2)
Beat Grandview 76-34, beat East Valley (Yakima) 46-39
10. East Valley (Spokane) (12-3)
Beat Clarkston 75-58
Dropped out – None