With less than two weeks remaining in the Northwest Conference girls’ basketball regular season, most teams are starting to look at where they’ll seed into their respective district tournaments.
Lynden’s loss to Burlington-Edison on Tuesday, Jan. 26, shuffled the top of the power rankings this week:
1. Lynden Christian (previous rank: 2): Lyncs had a full week off to think about their 10-point loss to rival Lynden on Jan. 22, then got back to the business of earning the top seed to the 1A district tournament.
2. Burlington-Edison (previous rank: 4): After a mid-month slump, the Tigers again looked like a team capable of contending for a state title with a dominating win over Lynden.
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3. Lynden (previous rank: 1): The wheels fell off for the Lions in a 23-point loss to Burlington-Edison. Now they’ve got to worry about holding on to the top seed to the 2A district tournament.
4. Ferndale (previous rank: 4): Always difficult to tell how the Golden Eagles slot into the 3A district picture, but with three straight vs. Lynden, LC and Burlington, things aren’t going to get much tougher.
5. Mount Baker (previous rank: 5): Moutaineers stopped their mid-season slide, but now need to win out and get a little help to wrestle the top 1A seed away from Lynden Christian.
6. Anacortes (previous rank: 7): Seahawks’ win over Nooksack Valley probably cemented their spot in the 2A district tournament, but wins over Sehome and Sedro-Woolley could give them a better seed.
7. Nooksack Valley (previous rank: 6): Pioneers have locked up a trip to 1A district tourney, but they may need some help to dig their way out of the NWC’s No. 3 seed.
8. Squalicum (previous rank: 9): Storm’s win over Sedro on Thursday, Jan. 28, could prove critical in a battle for the 2A district tourney, especiall with games against Baker, Burlington and Lynden coming.
9. Sedro-Woolley (previous rank: 8): Cubs’ loss to Squalicum could hurt, as they figure to be in a battle with the Storm and Sehome for the NWC’s final 2A postseason spots.
10. Sehome (previous rank: 10): Mariners can affor a loss to have any shot of advancing to the 2A district tournament — a tall order with Lynden and Anacortes still on the schedule.
11. Meridian (previous rank: 11): Trojans had lost seven straight entering Saturday’s game against Mount Baker, but they have a shot to stop the slide on Tuesday, Feb. 2 against Blaine.
12. Bellingham (previous rank: 12): The Red Raiders will miss the postseason for the second straight year after advancing to the regional round of the state tournament in 2014.
13. Blaine (previous rank: 13): It’s been a long, difficult year for the young Borderites, but the good news is they could return all but two players next year.