Here are this season’s next-to-last girls basketball rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A.
These will look different next week — not so much because I expect upsets (although there definitely could be some), but because my policy has been not to rank teams that have had their seasons end.
Right now, I’ve got three Greater Spokane League teams in the 4A top-10 (Gonzaga Prep, Central Valley, Lewis and Clark) and one from the Mid-Columbia Conference (Walla Walla). Combined, those two leagues have just two regional berths, so two awfully good teams will be staying home (and drop from the rankings).
The Big 9, meanwhile, gets two berths all to itself. I’ve had three Big 9 teams ranked, but scaled back to two this week with Moses Lake at No. 7 and Sunnyside at No. 9. Wenatchee drops out after losing to Sunnyside — the two likely will meet again this week.
I gave several teams hard loss for the No. 10 spot this week, including Lake Stevens and Snohomish. I don’t believe I’ve had a WesCo 4A team ranked all season, which is almost unheard of. But it seems a bit down this year, while WesCo 3A is raging.
Lake Stevens has an impressuve 18-3 record, but lost recently to Snohomish (13-8). They play again Thursday for the district title, and you’ll probably see the winner in the final top-10.
For now, I went with Skyview (16-4), which has won seven in a row since a 49-46 loss to Camas (and avenged that last week, 41-31).
The Metro tournament made the 3A rankings tough, with Lakeside losing twice after going into the week 16-1. The Lions lost Chloe Loreen to an injury during the double-OT loss to Cleveland, and I don’t believe she played in the loss to Holy Names. She did show up in the stats vs. Seattle Prep so appears to be back.
Cleveland nearly had a break-out week, but wound up losing the Metro title game by a point to West Seattle, which stays at No. 2. The Wildcats will be without point guard Gabby Sarver (ACL) the rest of the way, which is sad, but still have title aspirations led by 6-6 MVP Lydia Giomi (who sat out the semis with the flu, but was able to play in the final).
That’s a great Sea-King District quarterfinal matchup Tuesday between West Seattle and Bishop Blanchet, which won four games last week and sits at No. 6, followed by Cleveland and Lakeside (which stays in over Holy Names, a team that continues to show streaks of greatness).
Ferndale drops out, and I’m going with 19-2 Arlington at No. 10 this week. Prairie (17-5 with a 12-game win streak) is knocking on the door.
In 2A, Ephrata and Black Hills drop out with Selah and Washougal moving in.
So, here you go:
1. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (22-0)
Beat Mead 47-25, beat No. 5 Central Valley 57-54
2. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (21-1)
Beat Redmond 71-35, beat Woodinville 53-36
3. Beamer (Federal Way) 22-1
Beat Timberline 77-20, beat Gig Harbor 48-30
4. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (20-1)
Beat Emerald Ridge 65-27, beat Kentridge 73-53
5. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (18-4)
Beat No. 9 Lewis and Clark 64-62 (OT), lost to No. 1 Gonzaga Prep 57-54
6. Walla Walla (19-2)
Beat Chiawana 61-40
7. Moses Lake (18-2)
Beat Eastmont 77-44, beat West Valley (Yakima) 42-35
8. Lewis and Clark (Spokane) (16-6)
Lost to No. 5 Central Valley 64-62 (OT), beat Mead 67-57
9. Sunnyside (18-2)
Beat Eisenhower 74-34, beat Wenatchee (former No. 7) 69-52
10. Skyview (Vancouver) (16-4)
Beat Camas 41-31, beat Heritage 68-26
Dropped out – Wenatchee (15-5)
1. Bellevue (20-3)
Beat Lake Washington 64-53, beat Juanita 56-32
2. West Seattle (20-2)
Beat Holy Names 53-39, beat No. 7 Cleveland 49-48
3. Lynnwood (19-2)
Beat Shorecrest 58-28, beat Everett 80-21
4. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (19-2)
Beat No. 9 Edmonds-Woodway 63-31, beat Ferndale (former No. 9) 78-71
5. Wilson (Tacoma) (18-4)
Beat Hazen 72-38, beat Auburn Riverside 61-55
6. Bishop Blanchet (Seattle) (20-4)
Beat Rainier Beach 56-18, beat Bainbridge 53-18, beat Eastside Catholic 63-34, beat Garfield 79-36
7. Cleveland (Seattle) (14-7)
Beat No. 8 Lakeside 71-65 (2 OT), lost to No. 2 West Seattle 49-48
8. Lakeside (Seattle) (17-3)
Lost to No. 7 Cleveland 71-65 (2 OT), lost to Holy Names 58-53, beat Seattle Prep 40-31
9. Edmonds-Woodway (17-4)
Lost to No. 4 Glacier Peaki 63-31, beat Stanwood 71-65
10. Arlington (19-2)
Beat Marysville-Getchell 62-40, beat Shorewood 74-27
Dropped out – Ferndale (17-4)
1. Mark Morris (Longview) (19-2)
Beat R.A. Long 88-59, beat Tumwater 67-37
2. W.F. West (Chehalis) (19-2)
Beat Hockinson 49-40
3. White River (Buckley) (20-2)
Beat Sequim 66-28, beat North Kitsap 61-31
4. East Valley (Spokane) (18-2)
5. Burlington-Edison (18-3)
Beat Ferndale (former 3A No. 9) 59-50, beat Sehome 47-40
6. Archbishop Murphy (Everett) (16-4)
Beat Cedarcrest 46-28, beat Anacortes 53-38
7. Olympic (Bremerton) (17-4)
Beat Washington 59-37, beat Franklin Pierce 50-43
8. Liberty (Renton) (15-7)
Beat Foster 79-31, beat Fife 65-32
9. Selah (15-5)
Beat Grandview 41-30
10. Washougal (15-5)
Beat Ridgefield 73-22, beat Black Hills (former No. 10) 41-30
Dropped out – Ephrata (14-7), Black Hills (14-8)