High School Basketball

Lynden claims top spot in NWC girls’ power rankings

Lynden gets ready to take the court before its 55-45 win at Lynden Christian on Friday, Jan. 22.
Lynden gets ready to take the court before its 55-45 win at Lynden Christian on Friday, Jan. 22. eabell@bhamherald.com

There was quite a bit of movement in the Northwest Conference girls’ basketball power ranking this week, as a number of the top teams faced each other with a few surprises along the way.

One of those surprises includes a new team at the top, after Lynden knocked off Lynden Christian on Friday, Jan. 23.

Here’s a look at the latest rankings after what was a crazy week:

1. Lynden (previous rank: 3): Lions’ comeback win over LC continued a 12-game win streak, but Lynden still has big tests remaining this week with games against Burlington-Edison and Ferndale.

2. Lynden Christian (previous rank: 1): Lyncs need to bounce back from Friday’s loss against Lynden quickly, as they finish out the regular season playing three of four against 1A competition.

3. Ferndale (previous rank: 4): Golden Eagles have been improving by leaps and bounds and now have have won seven straight NWC games after falling in their opener to Sedro-Woolley.

4. Burlington-Edison (previous rank: 2): Tigers likely to fall out of top spot in 2A state rankings after dropping their second game to 1A competition on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Nooksack Valley.

5. Mount Baker (previous rank: 5): Mountaineers’ impressive win over Nooksack Valley on Friday ended the their three-game slide with losses to Ferndale, Burlington-Edison and Lynden.

6. Nooksack Valley (previous rank: 6): Pioneers got a big win over Burlington-Edison on Wednesday, Jan. 20, but Friday’s loss to Mount Baker could hurt with seeding to district tournament.

7. Anacortes (previous rank: 7): Seahawks may not be in the class of the top teams in the Northwest Conference, but they’re certainly proving to be a formidable foe.

8. Sedro-Woolley (previous rank: 9): Cubs claimed the first of three straight against the Bellingham schools with a 15-point win over Sehome on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

9. Squalicum (previous rank: 10): Storm started the week strong by beating Meridian and playing Nooksack Valley tough in an eight-point game before falling at Anacortes on Friday.

10. Sehome (previous rank: 11): Mariners ended a three-game slide with a win at Blaine on Friday, but they still have games against Burlington-Edison and Lynden looming in the next nine days.

11. Meridian (previous rank: 8): With Friday’s loss at Burlington-Edison, the Trojans now have lost six straight, and things won’t get much easier with games against Nooksack Valley and Mount Baker.

12. Bellingham (previous rank: 13): The Red Raiders got their first NWC win of the season on Tuesday, topping Blaine and ending a four-game losing streak.

13. Blaine (previous rank: 12): With Friday’s loss to Sehome, the Borderites have now dropped seven straight, and Ferndale and Lynden Christian are on tap this week.