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Archives: Jan. 2008


Prep basketball area, state rankings; leading scorers

It’s time again for the girls basketball area scoring leaders, area top 10 and statewide rankings…

Not much changed among the top teams … Auburn Riverside and Lakes continue to cruise in 3A, while Bellarmine Prep looks like the win against Mount Tahoma gave them a bit of extra confidence (not to say they weren’t good before) – but, as I keep mentioning, if both win tonight, there will be a tie-breaker Saturday. I can’t wait for another packed gym.

Capital needed overtime Friday to beat Yelm, but that’s more a testament to Yelm’s improvement rather than Capital struggling, in my opinion. In 2A, River Ridge beat Black Hills, keeping the Wolves from running away with EvCo.

On the 4A statewide radar, No. 2 Prairie and No. 7 Skyview face off tonight. Last time, it was tied at the end of the third quarter before USC-bound Ashley Corral scored 17 of her school-record 38 points in the fourth. Prairie has won 99 consecutive regular season league games (and 111 including the district tournaments) dating back to eight years ago today.

Auburn Riverside senior Katie Grad had two more big games — 28 and 29 points — for the top-ranked Ravens, to remain the only player averaging 20-plus points per game (21.2). River Ridge’s Courtney Blume is moving up the chart steadily and after scoring 25 in Tuesday’s win against Black Hills, she’s up to No. 4 with 17.3 ppg.

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Boys basketball scoring leaders, TNT rankings

No surprises among the scoring leaders as Bellarmine Prep’s junior tandem of Avery Bradley (25.7 points per game) and Abdul Gaddy (23.8 ppg) top the list.

Now, on to the rankings.

Auburn is still the No. 1 team in the area. I’ve got Lakes at No. 2 and Kentridge at No. 3 and both are playing well enough to be No. 1. But you’ll find no co-No. 1’s here.

Foss makes its first appearance in the area rankings. The Falcons’ 11-8 overall record doesn’t impress, but they’ve won seven of their last eight with the only loss a 51-49 defeat at Bellarmine Prep.

In the classification rankings, Ferris is tops in 4A, Rainier Beach maintains its stranglehold in 3A and Mark Morris still reigns over 2A. Bellevue Christian is the new leader in 1A ater Riverview lost for the first time this season. I’ve also got Vashon Island ranked for the first time this season. The Pirates are No. 5 in 1A.

See the complete list of scoring leaders and rankings by clicking below.

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Jan. 30 Associated Press prep polls

As the regular season nears its end, there’s not a lot of movement in this week’s Associated Press prep basketball polls, which were released this afternon.

Ferris, Rainier Beach and Mark Morris all remain atop the boys’ Class 4A, 3A and 2A polls, while Bellevue Christian is the new No. 1 in 1A after Riverview lost. Also in 1A, Vashon is tied at No. 2 with King’s.

In the girls’ rankings, Lewis and Clark, Auburn Riverside, Anacortes and Lynden Christian are all No. 1 again.

Click below for the entire rankings.

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Lincoln-Wilson boys basketball game change

Tonight’s Lincoln-Wilson boys basketball game location has been changed to Lincoln.

The boys C/JV teams will play at 3:30 p.m., the boys varsity teams will play at 5:15 p.m. and the girls varsity teams will play at 7 p.m.


Boys basketball rankings, scoring leaders

Auburn again sits atop the area rankings. Lakes moves into the second spot after Bellarmine Prep’s loss to Kentwood earlier this week. The Lions fell to No. 6.

The scoring leader list is topped by Gig Harbor’s Mathias Ward and Bellarmine Prep’s Avery Bradley and Abdul Gaddy.

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Girls basketball area, state rankings; leading scorers

It’s time again for the area scoring leaders, area top 10 and statewide rankings…

Weekly scoring note: Auburn Riverside senior Katie Grad (20.2 points per game) and Lakes senior Sara Halasz (20.0 ppg) are still in a battle for the scoring leader spot, while no other player is within two points of them. Grad and Halasz both sported 22-plus scoring averages earlier this season, but the Ravens’ and Lancers’ dominance in their respective conferences has led their coaches to sit starters earlier and/or longer, thus the drop in the numbers.

Standings: A bit of movement with Bellarmine Prep taking out Mount Tahoma in overtime Saturday (a great game for any of you unlucky enough to have missed it). Auburn Riverside continues to have the target on its back, while Lakes remains a solid No. 2 in both the area top 10 and 3A top 10. I can’t wait for that matchup (likely in the district title game).

In the 2A, Black Hills has finally shown (to me, at least) that it deserves to be ranked up near the top with Tuesday’s defeat of Tumwater. The Wolves are the only undefeated (in league play) team left in the Evergreen Conference, which claimed three of the 2007 2A trophy winners (Champion River Ridge, second-place Tumwater and sixth-place Black Hills) and many returning players.

On another note, the WIAA’s statewide standings are back to regular updates, and an interesting number stood out to me: Among all six classifications, four South Sound schools lead the state in points scored: Mount Tahoma (1,286), Bellarmine Prep (1,205), Auburn Riverside (1,163) and Kentwood (1,120). Lakes isn’t far behind (sixth) with 1,061 points. No teams in 2A or lower have scored more than 1,000 points through Wednesday’s games.

Check out scoring leaders and standings behind the jump.

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Associated Press state basketball polls

This week’s Associated Press polls have been released.

Some interesting notes about this week’s rankings:

  • There’s an SPSL North log-jam in the bottom half of the Class 4A boys poll.
  • Rainier Beach, Auburn and Lakes are Nos. 1-2-3 again in the boys 3A rankings.
  • Centralia beat River Ridge 58-55 on Tuesday, but the Tigers are unranked, while the Hawks are No. 6 in 2A. Both teams have the same record.
  • Lewis and Clark, Auburn Riverside, Anacortes and Lynden Christian have strangleholds on the top spots in the girls 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A polls.
  • Undefeated Lynden Christian might be one of the best teams in the state. THe Lyncsn from Lynden have wins over Anacortes and SPSL North leader Kentwood.
  • Click below for complete rankings.

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