Below are the latest state girls basketball rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A.
There were plenty of games played since the last set two weeks ago, and it’s always difficult to gauge how much weight to put on all of the various holiday tournaments. I tend not to punish teams much for losses to out-of-state teams or ranked teams in other classifications.
Once again, there is mostly just some shuffling, although teams dropped out at each level.
Chiawana gets the new slot available in 4A after Mead lost to University. Lake Stevens is starting to get a long look at 8-1.
In 3A, Ferndale is rewarded with a spot after beating Holy Names, which was No. 9 but now on the watch list. The Cougars also lost to No. 4 Bellevue, but get a big chance to redeem themselves Wednesday against No. 6 West Seattle — a game I plan to cover.
Edmonds-Woodway and Columbia River (each with just one loss) also got serious consideration and are well on my radar. We’ll see how E-W does this week against No. 5 Arlington and No. 1 Lynnwood.
The Royals are playing awfully well, and the same is true for Bishop Blanchet at Glacier Peak — the other unbeatens in 3A. Blanchet gets another big test tonight (Monday) against Inglemoor, which dropped its first game of the season over the holidays to Monroe with UW recruit Deja Strother unavailable (out of town).
I thought about elevating unbeaten White River to No. 1 in 2A after Mark Morris went 2-2 in the Nike Interstate Shootout, but ultimately decided to leave the Monarchs at No. 1. White River does climb to No. 2 after W.F. West’s loss to King’s.
It doesn’t seem fair, but I dropped Woodland out of the 2A top-10 after losses to a pair of 4A teams. Hard to keep a 3-5 team in, so I went with 7-1 Washougal — which plays Woodland Tuesday.
So, this is how things stand to start 2015:
1. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (9-0)
Beat University and Mount Spokane
2. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (8-1)
Beat Lewis & Clark, Wenatchee, Richland, Ferris
3. Moses Lake (10-0)
4. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (8-1)
Beat Stanwood and Bothell, lost to Monroe without UW-bound Deja Strother
5. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (9-1)
Went 2-1 in MaxPreps Holiday Classic
6. Beamer (Federal Way) (7-1)
Lost to Bishop Blanchet (3A No. 2)
7. Walla Walla (5-1)
Lost to No. 5 Moses Lake 54-50, beat Kennewick 47-36, beat Richland 60-43
8. Sunnyside (8-0)
9. Curtis (University Place) (8-3)
Went 2-2 in SoCal Tournament
10. Chiawana (Pasco) (7-1)
Dropped out – Mead (6-3)
1. Lynnwood (9-0)
Won Nike Interstate Shootout in impressive style
2. Bishop Blanchet (Seattle) (9-0)
Beat Edmonds-Woodway, Beamer (4A No. 6) and No. 9 Wilson
3. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (11-0)
Picked up wins in Spokane over Lewis & Clark, University
4. Bellevue (8-2)
Only losses have been to 4A teams (Beamer, Bothell)
5. Arlington (8-1)
Beat Sehome and Shorewood
6. West Seattle (8-2)
Went 2-2 in MaxPreps Holiday Classic, including loss to Bellarmine (4A No. 5)
7. Lakeside (Seattle) (6-1)
Idle since beating Franklin in 12/22
8. Cleveland (5-4)
Wound up 1-3 at ultra-tough Nike Tournament of Champions
9. Wilson (Tacoma) (6-3)
Beat Kentlake, lost to No. 2 Bishop Blanchet
10. Ferndale (9-1)
Four-game win streak includes Holy Names, former No. 9
Dropped out – Holy Names (6-3).
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (8-2)
Went 2-2 in Nike Interstate Shootout
2. White River (Buckley) (6-0)
Beat Blaine and Lynden Christian (1A No. 1) in Cloud 9 tourney
3. W. F. West (Chehalis) (8-1)
Went 2-1 in Great Wolf Lodge Tournament, losing to King’s
4. Burlington-Edison (8-1)
Tigers are 8-0 since opening loss to Ferndale (3A No. 10)
5. East Valley (Spokane) (7-2)
Lost to Cashmere (1A No. 3), beat Pullman
6. Ellensburg (6-2)
Beat Toppenish, lost to Chiawana (4A No. 10), beat Quincy
7. Liberty (Renton) (8-2)
Went 1-2 at Rebel Challenge, losing to Holy Names (former 3A No. 9)
8. Black Hills (Olympia) (9-2)
Beat Port Angeles, lost to Montesano (1A No. 4), beat Rochester
9. East Valley (Yakima) (6-2)
10. Washougal (7-1)
Only loss has been to LaCenter, a quality 1A team
Dropped out – Woodland (3-5)