There’s just one more set of girls basketball rankings after this, and we’ll be down to the final 16.
I struggled with some of the positioning for this round. Sometimes the affect of a loss depends on when it happens, and of course who it happened against.
I tend not to penalize teams that lose to other ranked teams. And, usually, if one team beats another, I’ll rank them in that order.
But not aways, as you’ve noticed and will again today.
That’s my perogative, right?
Case in point in Class 3A is Holy Names.
The Cougars lost a stinker to unranked West Seattle last week, 40-39, after playing No. 3 Bishop Blanchet fairly tough.
Then came the loser-out matchup I hated to see — Holy Names vs. Juanita, which was once ranked No. 2 and last week sat at No. 5. The Cougars rose to the occasion, handing the Rebels a third straight loss to end their season.
So, I’m keeping Holy Names in the top-10 for at least another week, at No. 9. West Seattle, which lost to Holy Names earlier in the season, stays on the watch list along with Liberty, one of the teams that beat Juanita last week.
And guess who the Cougars play in the SeaKing District quarterfinals Tuesday night? Blanchet again, for the fourth time. I plan to be there for this one — my first in-person look at the Braves. And I’ll get to see No. 7 Bellevue, too.
With Juanita out, there was one spot available in the 3A top-10 and I’m going with Auburn Mountainview for now.
In 4A, Lewis and Clark is done after two losses last week to Mead, which in turn lost to Central Valley (71-66 in double-overtime, despite Madison Hovren’s 29 points).
CV had fallen out of the rankings last week, but resurfaces at No. 9 and I’m keeping Mead in at No. 10 Those two teams square off again on Tuesday, and that one I believe is loser-out.
Among the other great playoff games this week is No. 2 Gonzaga Prep vs. No. 7 Chiawana. The winner advaces to regionals and the loser gets one more shot. Only two qualifiers out of that tough tournament involving the GSL and MCC.
Bellarmine Prep (19-3) nearly cracked the top-10, and very well could next week. I’ll get a first-hand look at the Lions Thursday in the semifinals of the West Central District tournament against No. 6 Beamer.
The other semi pits No. 3 Skyview against No. 5 Mount Rainier, which should be another dandy.
In 2A, White River shook things up with a 56-54 win over Sumner in the championship game of the WCD 3A sub-district tourney. That avenged two earlier losses to the Spartans, who were ranked No. 4 at the time. And the Hornets also beat Renton, ranked No. 8 last week.
White River returns to the top-10 at No. 7, but is one spot below Sumner (the Spartans have only lost twice, and have a 2-1 edge on the Hornets). I imagine they will meet again at district.
And after much debate, I decided to keep Renton in at No. 10. That was the team’s first loss to a 2A team, I believe.
Cedarcrest, formerly No. 6, drops out after losing to unranked Bellingham — which is now on my radar (but is just 12-9), Port Angeles (17-3) got a close look, too.
Things should definitely shape up more this week, and I hope you get the chance to get out and see some great girls basketball action.
For now, here are the latest rankings:
1. Lynnwood (21-1)
Beat Lake Stevens 71-37, beat Edmonds-Woodway 43-26
2. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (20-1)
Beat Shadle Park 69-35, beat Ferris 75-41, beat No. ?? Central Valley 86-47
3. Skyview (Vancouver) (22-1)
Beat Camas 69, 38, beat Emerald Ridge 66-26, beat Puyallup 52-37
4. Inglemoor (Kenmore) 19-3
Beat Skyline 62-28, beat Woodinville 57-39
5. Mount Rainier (Des Moines) (20-3)
Beat No. 6 Beamer 70-58, beat Union 69-24, beat Tahoma 61-37
6. Beamer (Federal Way) (22-1)
Lost to No. 5 Mount Rainier 70-58, beat Olympia 49-26, beat Kentridge 55-42
7. Chiawana (Pasco) (18-3)
Beat Walla Walla 60-54
8. Arlington (19-3)
Beat Kamiak 56-31, beat Jackson 57-38
9. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (15-6)
Beat Mount Spokane 51-38, beat Mead 71-66 (2 OT), lost to No. 1 Gonzaga Prep 86-47
10. Mead (Spokane) (15-6)
Beat Lewis and Clark (former No. 9) 54-47, lost to No. 9 Central Valley 71-66 (2 OT), beat Lewis and Clark 61-45
Dropped out – Lewis and Clark (Spokane) (14-7)
1. Cleveland (Seattle) (20-2)
Beat West Seattle 66-44, beat No. 3 Bishop Blanchet 65-50
2. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (17-3)
Beat Hudson’s Bay 65-17
3. Bishop Blanchet (Seattle) (19-3)
Beat No. 9 Holy Names 72-53, lost to No. 1 Cleveland 65-50
4. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (14-6)
Beat Hanford 70-63
5. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (20-2)
Beat Marysville-Pilchuck 48-37, beat Ferndale 55-43
6. Sunnyside (17-3)
Beat Moses Lake 58-48, beat Eastmont 74-52
7. Bellevue (18-5)
Beat Juanita (former No. 5) 56-48, beat Mercer Island 49-37
8. Mountlake Terrace (18-4)
Beat Stanwood 57-52, beat Meadowdale 51-41
9. Holy Names (Seattle) (18-5)
Lost to No. 3 Bishop Blanchet 72-53, lost to West Seattle 40-39, beat Juanita (former No. 5) 72-65
10. Auburn Mountainview (18-4)
Beat Enumclaw 49-37, beat Kennedy Catholic 50-42
Dropped out – Juanita (19-4)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (19-1)
Beat R.A. Long 67-24
2. W.F. West (Chehalis) (19-2)
Beat Capital 73-19, beat Aberdeen 69-29
3. River Ridge (Lacey) (17-3)
Beat Tumwater 67-39, beat Washougal 82-55
4. Black Hills (Tumwater) (17-4)
Beat Hockinson 50-38
5. Ellensburg (18-2)
Beat No. 9 West Valley (Yakima) 54-34
6. Sumner (21-2)
Beat Evergreen (Seattle) 64-29, beat Franklin Pierce 61-26, lost to No. 7 White River 56-54
7. White River (Buckley) (15-5)
Beat Fife 68-30, beat No. 10 Renton 58-50, beat No. 6 Sumner 56-54
8. East Valley (Spokane) (17-3)
Beat Pullman 54-18
9. West Valley (Yakima) (17-3)
Lost to No. 5 Ellensburg 54-34
10. Renton (17-6)
Beat Washington 67-30, lost to No. 7 White River 58-50, beat Franklin Pierce 69-33
Dropped out – Cedarcrest (17-4)