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February 3, 2014 at 2:39 PM

State girls basketball rankings — Week 9

What do you do when No. 1 beats No. 10 by more than 30 points — twice in the same week?

That was one of my dilemmas as I went to work on this week’s state girls basketball rankings in Class 4A.

My answer: Do nothing.

I think No. 1 Lynnwood is that good, so I’ve left Jackson at No. 10 this week, despite the 68-37 and 85-41 losses. And despite the fact that the Timberwolves have lost one of their top players, junior Faithaleen Lopez-Flores, to a season-ending injury in that first game with the Royals last Monday (the rematch was on Friday). She was their leading scorer at 15.9 points per game.

But Jackson has plenty of other talent, particularly in Kelli Kingma (15.6 ppg) and Sierra Anderson (15.3). And we’ll see how others step up. The Timberwolves just can’t seem to catch a break. Laset year, it was Kingma (UW commit) who was sidelined.

But there is one new face in 4A — or should I say an old one. With Eastlake’s upset loss to Woodinville, and a so-so performance against Newport, I’ve dropped the Wolves to the watch list and am bringing back Mead, the defending champion.

After an 0-2 start, the Panthers are 11-3 with those losses coming to ranked teams — twice to No. 2 Gonzaga Prep and once to No. 8 Central Valley. The rematch with CV is on Feb. 13 and it was just 50-47 the first time around.

In 3A, Bellevue returns to the top-10 and knocks out Liberty, thanks to last week’s 55-36 victory over the Patriots. We’ll see if the Wolverines can get — and stay — on a roll. Juanita leap-frogs Holy Names to take the No. 5 spot after the Cougars lost for a second time to No. 3 Bishop Blanchet.

Holy Names (now No. 6) gets a shot at No. 1 Cleveland on Friday and I plan to be there for my first close look at the high-flying Eagles.

And I’m planning to see Thursday’s showdown between No. 7 Mountlake Terrace and No. 9 Glacier Peak.

In 2A, Sumner inches up to No. 4, due in part to the somewhat surprising results of the showdown between Black Hills and River Ridge, which were ranked Nos. 3-4 last week. Black Hills had won 62-61 the first time around, back on Jan. 3, but River Ridge dominated this one, 72-49.

Sumner has a big game Friday against 14-4 White River, which remains on the watch list. Sumner won the first meeting 43-31 on Jan. 14, accounting for the Hornets’ lone SPSL 2A loss.

No. 8 Renton will have a chance to avenge its lone Seamount League loss Friday by taking on Kennedy (a 3A team), which posted a 63-47 victory on Jan. 17.

So here are this week’s rankings: 

Class 4A

1. Lynnwood (17-1)

Beat No. 10 Jackson 68-37, beat Edmonds-Woodway 76-48, beat No. 10 Jackson 85-41

2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (15-1)

Beat Mead 63-41, beat North Central 69-35

3. Beamer (Federal Way) (18-0)

Beat Bethel 69-32, beat Graham-Kapowsin 71-15

4. Skyview (Vancouver) (17-1)

Beat Battle Ground 70-30, beat Evergreen (Vancouver) 54-16

5. Chiawana (Pasco) (17-2)

Beat Pasco 69-43, beat Hanford 68-54

6. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (15-3)

Beat Ballard 73-37, beat Bothell 58-30

7. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (16-2)

Beat Jefferson 73-29, beat Auburn Riverside 69-43

8. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (12-4)

Beat Rogers (Spokane) 70-23, beat University 49-40

9. Mead (Spokane) (11-5)

Lost to No. 2 Gonzaga Prep 63-41, beat Mount Spokane 70-50

10. Jackson (Mill Creek) (14-4)

Lost to No. 1 Lynnwood 68-37, beat Cascade 71-39, lost to No. 1 Lynnwood 85-41

Dropped out – Eastlake (14-3)  

Class 3A

1. Cleveland (Seattle) (16-2)

Beat Bainbridge 71-25, beat Franklin 70-22

2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (15-3)

Beat Mountain View 59-44, beat Fort Vancouver 60-10

3. Bishop Blanchet (Seattle) (16-2)

Beat No. 6 Holy Names 55-44, beat Rainier Beach 64-29, beat Lakeside 43-35

4. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (12-6)

Beat Kennewick 74-47, beat Walla Walla 62-56

5. Juanita (Kirkland) (18-1)

Beat Sammamish 54-31, beat Mount Si 56-28

6. Holy Names (Seattle) (16-2)

Lost to No. 3 Bishop Blanchet 55-44, beat Eastside Catholic 60-46

7. Mountlake Terrace (15-3)

Beat Marysville-Pilchuck 52-45, beat Shorewood 65-54

8. Sunnyside (13-3)

Beat Davis 72-55, beat Wenatchee 56-46

9. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (16-2)

Beat Shorecrest 66-51, beat Meadowdale 74-29

10. Bellevue (14-5)

Beat Lake Washington 58-37, beat Liberty (then No. 6) 55-36

Dropped out – Liberty (14-5)

Class 2A

1. Mark Morris (Longview) (17-1)

Beat Hockinson 83-37, beat Union 50-41, beat Ridgefield 83-31

2. W.F. West (Chehalis) (15-2)

Beat Aberdeen 65-32

3. River Ridge (Lacey) (14-3)

Beat Centralia 76-45, beat No. 5 River Ridge 72-49

4. Sumner (17-1)

Beat Fife 63-39, beat Clover Park 70-26

5. Black Hills (Olympia) (15-3)

Beat Centralia 76-45, lost to No. 3 River Ridge 72-49

6. Cedarcrest (Duvall) (15-2)

Beat Sultan 76-50, beat Archbishop Murphy 65-32

7. West Valley (Yakima) (15-1)

Beat Toppenish 46-43, beat Grandview 65-46

8. Renton (14-4)

Beat Foster 70-19, beat Highline 58-23

9. Ellensburg (14-2)

Beat Othello 80-16, beat Ephrata 63-59, beat Prosser 69-39

10. East Valley (Spokane) (14-3)

Beat Deer Park 62-25, beat Colville 54-43

Dropped out – None

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