With the holiday tournament season almost complete, we now have a better picture of who the best teams in the Northwest Conference are. We also got see how the NWC fared against opponents from the rest of the state. Most of all, we got to see weaknesses and strengths in each team, as many teams scheduled games that will help come postseason as teams hope for a spot at the Hardwood Classic. Here’s another week of girls’ basketball power rankings.
1. Lynden Christian (7-2; Last week’s ranking: 1) - It’s hard to go against the defending 1A champs here but Ferndale is awfully close. The Lyncs get the nod because over the past three games, they’ve faced three ranked opponents. Sure, LC went 1-2 against those opponents but it was losses to the No. 3 team in 2As and a 4A power.
2. Ferndale (9-1; Last week’s ranking: 2) - The Golden Eagles just keep winning big. The offense has been clicking on all cylinders from the start, falling short of 50 points just once (their only loss) and have scored upward of 60 six times.
3. Burlington-Edison (8-1; Last week’s ranking: 3) - The Tigers picked up three big wins in a California tournament and like Ferndale, Burlington-Edison can drop buckets. The Tigers, led by Tyra Lopez and Edie Breckenridge, have scored more than 70 points the past three contests.
4. Anacortes (7-3; Last week’s ranking: 5) - Winter break has been real kind to the Seahawks — they haven’t had to play since Dec. 20. Anacortes resumes play on Tuesday against Lynden so we will see what the Seahawks are made of then.
5. Mount Baker (8-2; Last week’s ranking: 4) - The Cloud 9 Christmas Classic revealed a weakness for the Mountaineers — playing against size. Emily Yost and Emily Brandland can dominate smaller opponents but against teams with good post players, the Mountaineers have to find other ways to score.
6. Nooksack Valley (8-2; Last week’s ranking: 7) - This defense has really turned it on of late. The past four games, the Pioneers have held opponents to 42 points or less.
7. Lynden (5-4; Last week’s ranking: 6) - The Lions had a couple tough upper class schools and split the two games last weekend. Elisa Kooiman and Kaitlyn Mark continue to impress.
8. Meridian (6-3; Last week’s ranking: 8) - Ryley Zapien continues to do her thing but now is getting some help from Ellese FitzGerald and Kyrin Baklund. The 1A race is going to be awfully exciting this year.
9. Squalicum (5-5; Last week’s ranking: 9) - Chalae Wolters is seems to be cooling off so the Storm must find other scoring options. Sixteen points from Sydney Arndorfer last Saturday is a good sign.
10. Sehome (3-7; Last week’s ranking: 12) - The Mariners split at the Cloud 9 Christmas Classic and that’s a good sign for the Mariners. There’s always tough competition in the tournament. Madison MacPhee is joining Maddy Bryan as a great scoring threat.
11. Blaine (1-8; Last week’s ranking: 10) - Watching the Borderites for a few minutes against Granger and the reason for struggles was immediately obvious — aside from Mandy Hayes, there’s no great scoring options. They are really hoping Taylor V’Dovec gets back soon.
12. Bellingham (3-7; Last week’s ranking: 13) - The Red Raiders continue to keep it close and now have won two of three because of it. The loss was a two-point loss to Oak Harbor. This team is improving.
13. Sedro-Woolley (1-9; Last week’s ranking: 11) - The Cubs have now lost nine straight and the holiday tournament season was of no help. Sedro-Woolley has lost by more than 15 points in its last six games.