Each week, our panel of experts ranks the top 25 teams in the state regardless of classification to create a state-wide power rankings. Here’s who we picked as the top teams in the state this week:
25. Colton Wildcats (11-2)
Previous Rank: 25
With only two losses to No. 21 East Valley and Davenport, the Wildcats are certainly proving they belong in the state conversation, regardless of level. Dakota Patchen and Jordan Moehrie are putting together impressive campaigns in their own right as well.
24. Lynden Lions (11-3)
Previous Rank: 24
Liv Tjdeljer, Keylie Hershey, and Ruby Vanderhaak are leading Lynden to yet another impressive season. The Lions are sitting at 11-3 and will be a fashionable pick to run the table all the way to a 2A state title.
23. Archbishop Murphy Wildcats (11-2)
Previous Rank: 13
A 46-54 loss to Snohomish dropped Archbishop Murphy 10 spots this week. They look to get back on track against Edmonds-Woodway on Tuesday.
22. Clarkston Bantams (13-0)
Previous Rank: 23
The Bantams are undefeated on the season with a perfect 13-0 record with a big win over No. 21 East Valley. Ashlynn Wallace leads a talented roster that should make Clarkston a tough out in the playoffs.
21. East Valley Knights (13-1)
Previous Rank: 22
East Valley was one of the biggest surprises in the first half, with the only blemish on their 13-1 record on the road at the hands of No. 22 Clarkston. Genesis Wilkinson and Brie Holecek have the Knights rolling in league play.
20. Skyview Storm (13-2)
Previous Rank: 7
The Storm look to continue their hot 13-2 start. A tough loss to Camas last week dropped them 13 spots in the rankings but both Kazz Parks and Hannah Booth were out with injuries. Let’s see if the rest of the team can pick up the slack this week starting with Union on Tuesday.
19. Shorecrest Scots (12-1)
Previous Rank: 21
The Scots have been rolling since their December 14th loss to Arlington. They have rattled off 8 straight wins and look to continue that momentum down the final stretch of league play.
18. Cashmere Bulldogs (13-2)
Previous Rank: 19
All-world guard Hailey van Lith and the 13-2 Bulldogs are another team whose only two losses aren’t really a negative as much as a missed opportunity. No. 3 Mt. Spokane and No. 15 La Salle are formidable for any opponent, especially one relying on a sophomore to carry them. We expect the Bulldogs to continue to improve and be in the thick of it come playoff time.
17. Seattle Prep Panthers (12-2)
Previous Rank: 18
This Week: at Bishop Blanchet (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.), Willie Stewart Girls Basketball Showcase (Saturday, 4:45 p.m.)
Molly Moffitt and the Panthers are off to a strong 12-2 start with one of their losses coming to No. 6 Garfield. It will be interesting to see how they do in the Willie Stewart Girls Basketball Showcase at the end of this week.
16. University Titans (11-3)
Previous Rank: 17
With their only three losses coming to No. 3 Mt. Spokane, No. 11 Lewis & Clark, and No. 7 Central Valley, the Titans have been nothing short of impressive. Ellie Boni, Tyler McCliment-Call, and Kinsley Barrington have their sights set on a chance at a GSL title and beyond.
15. LaSalle Lightning (14-0)
Previous Rank: 15
The Lightning have been dominant over the first half, with an unblemished 14-0 record. With an impressive 47-45 win over No. 18 Cashmere, is an undefeated season in the works? La Salle is led by Trista Hull and Tatiana White.
14. Bellarmine Prep Lions (10-2)
Previous Rank: 14
With a 10-2 record, the Lions are off to a great start. The loss to No. 1 Kentridge is obviously forgivable, and Reyelle Frazier and Ciara Gatpatan have Bellarmine Prep in a great position as the playoff picture begins to unfold.
13. Eastlake Wolves (12-4)
Previous Rank: 16
The Wolves have followed up an impressive 2017-18 campaign with a 12-4 start led by Mae Bryant, Keeli Burton, and Hayley Huard. Last week Eastlake had a huge win over No. 8 Woodinville but then followed it up with a loss to Mount Si. They will definitely be looking to have more consistency down the stretch as they head into playoff time.
12. Inglemoor Vikings (14-2)
Previous Rank: 20
The Vikings look to continue their hot 14-2 start. They have a chance to redeem a loss to No. 8 Woodinville this Wednesday when they go play the Falcons. Jenna Troy and Lucy Young lead this team and form one of the most talented cores in Washington.
11. Lewis & Clark Tigers (11-3)
Previous Rank: 8
Lewis & Clark is firmly in the conversation in a loaded Greater Spokane League after a stellar 11-3 start. Their three losses came against tough opponents No. 3 Mt. Spokane No. 4 Glacier Peak, and No. 7 Central Valley. Jacinta Buckley is a force down low and a matchup nightmare for opponents. Kaylee Bishop and Dominique Arquette round out one of the most talented cores in the state.
10. West Seattle Wildcats (12-1)
Previous Rank: 12
Megan Fiso and the Wildcats are off to a tremendous 12-1 start. Only No. 6 Garfield has been able to beat West Seattle this year. Don’t be surprised if West Seattle is challenging Garfield for a league title in a few weeks.
9. Lynden Christian Lyncs (14-0)
Previous Rank: 10
Riley Dykstra and Isabella Hernandez have followed up a state title in 2017-18 with a perfect start to 2018-19, rattling off 14 straight wins. The remaining schedule doesn’t present many opportunities for their momentum to slow down either. The Lyncs are not only the favorite to win another 1A state title, they might have the best chance at an undefeated season of any team on this list.
8. Woodinville Falcons (13-2)
Previous Rank: 4
The Falcons are once again one of the best teams in the state. A tough loss to No. 13 Eastlake last week dropped them four spots in the rankings but they have another great matchup this week against No. 12 Inglemoor. Woodinville has one of the best top-three’s in the state with Mia Hughes, Madison Dubois, and Veronica Sheffey.
7. Central Valley Bears (11-2)
Previous Rank: 11
The Bears have followed up a historic 2017-18 season – in which they not only won a state title, but also took home the Dick’s National championship trophy – with an 11-2 start and a chance at another GSL title. They have another test this week against No. 16 University. Tomekia Whitman, Camryn Skaife, and Madi Simmelink are still a good bet to have Central Valley right back at the top once it’s all said and done.
6. Garfield Bulldogs (13-2)
Previous Rank: 9
This Week: at Chief Sealth (Saturday, 5:30 p.m.)
The Bulldogs are looking like the team to beat in Metro. Dalaya Daniels has led Garfield to an 13-2 start, with the only two losses coming to out of state team. Garfield looks to continue their hold of the Metro league.
5. Kamiakin Braves (13-0)
Previous Rank: 6
The Braves are undefeated with an impressive 13-0 record thus far. Outside of Lynden Christian, this might be the team with the best chance to run the table in 2018-19. We knew Oumou Toure was one of the best players in the state coming into the season, and now it’s pretty much a fact.
4. Glacier Peak Grizzlies (12-1)
Previous Rank: 5
No. 2 Prairie has been the only team that has been able to figure out how to stop the Grizzlies so far. Their other ten opponents weren’t so lucky. Haley Grambo and a strong supporting cast make Glacier Peak a scary match up.
3. Mt. Spokane Wildcats (14-0)
Previous Rank: 3
The Wildcats have emerged as the class of Spokane, boasting an impressive 14-0 record with big wins over No. 11 Lewis & Clark and No. 7 Central Valley. And speaking of top threes, Aspyn Adams, Niveya Henley, and Jayda Noble are challenging Kentridge’s trio for the top spot.
2. Prairie Falcons (12-1)
Previous Rank: 2
The Falcons can certainly relate to Woodinville after their loss to Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA). This team might have more talent top to bottom than any other team in the state with Brooke Walling, Cassidy Gardner, and Haley Reed leading a strong supporting cast.
1. Kentridge Chargers (14-1)
Previous Rank: 1
With the only loss at the hands of Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, CA), the Chargers might be one of the best teams in the country after an 14-1 start. Kentridge is led by a group in Jordyn Jenkins, JaQuaya Miller, and Daylani Ballena that can matchup with anyone, anywhere.