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Sports Blog: Prep boys’ basketball power rankings w/stat leaders

Squalicum guard Josiah Westbrook elevates for a shot during a non-conference game against Sehome on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at Squalicum High School.
Squalicum guard Josiah Westbrook elevates for a shot during a non-conference game against Sehome on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at Squalicum High School. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Here are our latest prep boys’ basketball rankings through Wednesday, Jan. 28:

1. Lynden (13-3, 7-1 NWC): Lynden, Squalicum and Anacortes could very well be 1A, 1B and 1C, but its hard to argue with how well the Lions are playing right now. Lynden has won seven straight, mostly all in convincing fashion, since the Lions lost to Anacortes Jan. 6. Last week: 2

2. Squalicum (12-4, 7-1): What a week the Storm have had. First Squalicum handed Anacortes its first league loss, and it followed that big win with a road victory over city-rival Sehome. A conference title is in sight, and Squalicum seems to be hitting its stride with the strong play of Josiah Westbrook and Damek Mitchell. Last week: 4

3. Anacortes (14-3, 8-1): Most likely the Seahawks will finish the conference schedule with only one league loss and could very well win the NWC, but Anacortes does have on big matchup left, playing Sehome on the road. Anacortes took its first league loss last week, losing to Squalicum, as Ty Johnson only scored seven points. Last week: 1

4. Sehome (12-5, 6-2): There is a lot to like about Sehome, especially with the postseason looming and the Mariners senior-heavy roster. But the loss of Leighton Kingma does hurt and takes away some of the Mariners’ size. Sehome split the past week, beating Blaine before losing to Squalicum at home. Last week: 3

5. Ferndale (12-5, 6-3): The Golden Eagles’ loss last week to Bellingham all but ended their hopes of winning a conference title, but having six league wins with three games to go puts Ferndale in a pretty good spot. The Golden Eagles face a big week coming up, playing Lynden and Lynden Christian at home. Last week: 6

6. Lynden Christian (10-6, 4-4): The bad news is the Lyncs are coming off their worst loss of the season, a 62-44 road defeat to Lynden. The good news is that LC is through the brutal portion of its schedule. The Lyncs’ remaining schedule features Blaine, Nooksack Valley, Ferndale and Mount Baker. Last week: 5

7. Sedro-Woolley (9-6, 4-4): Jackson Price continued his scoring assault on the Northwest Conference this week with a 41-point outing against Bellingham, which helped the Cubs snap a two-game skid. The win could have huge postseason implications with the two clubs battling for the fifth District Tournament seed. Last week: 7

8. Bellingham (9-7, 4-4): Of all 13 Northwest Conference teams, the Red Raiders are the most difficult team to figure out. Bellingham is the only league team yet to beat Squalicum, but it also lost to Blaine and beat Burlington-Edison by only one point. Last week the Red Raiders followed up a huge win over Ferndale by yielding a season-high 91 points during a loss to Sedro-Woolley. Last week: 8

9. Blaine (5-12, 3-6): After getting a key win over Bellingham, Blaine suffered 20-point defeats to both Sehome and Ferndale. Sandwiched between the losses, though, was a 67-53 win over Port Townsend. Being on the wrong side of the tiebreaker with Bellingham and Sedro-Woolley, Blaine needs a lot of help in order to nab a postseason spot. Last week: 9

10. Meridian (10-8, 2-7): Not only has Meridian bounced back from a six-game losing streak, both of the Trojans’ wins this past week have been by sizable margins. Meridian beat Burlington-Edison and Nooksack Valley and plays Mount Baker and Blaine next before a regular-season finale against Sedro-Woolley. After starting 0-7 in league, Meridian could very well finish 5-7. Last week: 10

11. Mount Baker (6-11, 2-6): Mount Baker split last week, beating Nooksack Valley in double overtime before taking a lopsided loss to league power Anacortes. Playing Bellingham, Meridian, Squalicum and Lynden Christian to end the year should be a good prep for postseason play. Last week: 11

12. Burlington-Edison (2-14, 1-7): The Tigers’ offense, which ranks second to last in the NWC, continued to struggle this past week with a 38-point outing against Meridian and a 42-point night against Lynden. Last week: 12

13. Nooksack Valley (1-15, 0-8): The Pioneers can’t catch a break. After having their bid to move out of the winless column erased in double OT to Mount Baker last week, Nooksack Valley scored a season-low 27 points in a loss to Meridian. A regular-season finale against Blaine arguably gives the Pioneers their best shot to pick up a league win. Last week: 13