Sports Blog: Week 3 AP girls' basketball poll reaction

Posted by Alex Bigelow on January 22, 2014 

A weekly reaction to the Associated Press' new girls' basketball polls.

Class 3A

1. Cleveland (12-2)

2. Holy Names (13-1)

3. Juanita (14-1)

4. Mountlake Terrace (11-3)

5. Glacier Peak (14-2)

6. Blanchet (12-2)

7. Prairie (11-2)

8. Wilson (11-3)

9. Bellevue (11-4)

10. Liberty (11-3)
My reaction: You might be wondering why I just listed a class with no Whatcom County teams in it, but that's exactly the point. Why isn't Ferndale (11-3, Northwest Conference 6-1) garnering at least some attention? The Golden Eagles received a single vote, which shockingly came from me, and I can't help but wonder why this team hasn't at least edged closer to the bottom of the poll. Linsey Honeycutt is a double-double threat every night. Taryn Knutson and Brooke Benson are outside threats and Hannah Carlson is as good as anyone in the NWC in getting to the rim. Depth is a possible concern with bigger lineups, but the 48-43 loss to Lynden Christian on Tuesday, Jan. 21, just showed that this team can play against some of the best. >/br>

Class 2A

1. Mark Morris (13-1)

2. W.F. West (13-2)

3. Sumner (13-1)

4. River Ridge (11-3)

5. West Valley (12-1)

6. Black Hills (13-2)

7. Cedarcrest (11-2)

8. Ellensburg (9-2)

9. East Valley (11-3)

10. Renton (10-4)
My reaction: Lynden was the only Whatcom County team to even receive a single vote, but after losses to Lynden Christian on Jan. 16 and Burlington-Edison on Jan. 6, the Lions' resume probably isn't good enough yet to crack the top 10. Lynden does, however, have upcoming games against both Blaine and Ferndale to stake a claim as a team worthy of breaking into the poll.

Class 1A

1. Cashmere (15-0)

2. Brewster (15-1)

3. Okanogan (12-2)

4. Woodland (14-0)

5. Lynden Christian (11-2)

6. King's (11-3)

7. Cascade Christian (11-1)

8. Lakeside (13-2)

9. Blaine (9-5)

10. La Salle (9-1)
My reaction: Neither Blaine nor Lynden Christian moved any spots from last weeks poll, and that seems about right. The Lyncs did stage a big win over Ferndale, 48-43, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, where their defense looked as potent and lethal as ever. The worry moving forward is whether or not their offense can perform better than it has, scoring 38 and 48 points in their last two games, respectively. The Borderites continue to hang in the poll despite having five losses, but of those losses, three have come against three of the top five 1A teams (LC, Cashmere and Brewster). Taylor V'Dovec continues to be one of the best scorers in the NWC, and Mandy Hayes and Lexi McElwain are nice options, too. Regardless, this seems about right for both teams.

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