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Sports Blog: Girls’ basketball power rankings

The last week of the regular season has all but past and the Northwest Conference has almost all of its playoff teams decided. The Class 1A battle for the two spots may come down to a mini-playoff on Saturday unless Nooksack Valley wins Friday night. It’s been a great season and now teams are ready for the postseason. Here is the final power rankings of the season:

1. Lynden Christian (17-3, 12-0 NWC) -- Hats off to the Lyncs. I didn’t think they’d run the table in the NWC and I’ve had them ranked No. 2 the past several weeks. But the Lyncs’ defense is just too imposing with so much length from Kara Bajema and Sara Dougan and a great perimeter defender in Makayla Lancaster. The Lyncs allowed just 33.8 points per game in conference play this season, including a three-game stretch holding teams in the 20s. Last week: 2; Season opening ranking: 1

2. Ferndale (17-2, 9-2) -- The Golden Eagles are a great team. Ignore that really tough loss to LC. Linsey Honeycutt is the best player in the conference and Ferndale has a great balance around her. This team could make a run toward the Hardwood Classic, somewhere the Golden Eagles haven’t been since the 2008-09 season. Last week: 1; Season opening ranking: 2

3. Burlington-Edison (16-3, 9-2) -- If the Tigers beat Ferndale on Friday, they will finish second in the NWC. Tyra Lopez and Edie Breckenridge are a great backcourt and Burlington-Edison will go into the 2A district tournament as NWC’s No. 1 seed. Last week: 3; Season opening ranking: 3

4. Lynden (12-7, 8-3) -- So much youth has cost the Lions a couple games this year but when you have Elisa Kooiman driving the lane, you’re going to have success. The defense has been rather spectacular as well, holding teams to just 36.5 points in conference play — second-best in the league behind the Lions’ city rivals. Last week: 4; Season opening ranking: 4

5. Blaine (8-11, 7-4) -- After such a rough start to the year, the Borderites really rallied. Blaine’s four conference losses came to the four teams above them on this ranking. Ryan Pike hasn’t let the Borderites falter against inferior competition, a sign of a great coach. We’ll see how this strong group of seniors can handle the 2A postseason after making it to the Hardwood Classic at the 1A level last year. Last week: 5; Season opening ranking: 5

6. Anacortes (10-8, 4-6) -- The Seahawks have had their up and downs but topped Mount Baker and Nooksack Valley the past two games and could finish the season .500 in NWC play. Last week: 7; Season opening ranking: 8

7. Mount Baker (11-9, 5-7) -- After a four-game losing streak in the middle of the year, the Mountaineers went win-loss-win-loss the rest of the way. They’ll be on the outside looking in if Nooksack Valley wins Friday and that’s despite an 18-point win over the Pioneers earlier in the year. If only the Mountaineers could have been more consistent. Last week: 8; Season opening ranking: 6

8. Squalicum (9-10, 4-7) -- I don’t know what to make of the Storm. It has some good wins over teams but then some real tough losses. I guess that’s what happens when your leading scorer is a freshman. Last week: 6; Season opening ranking: 9

9. Nooksack Valley (12-7, 5-6) -- A win is all the Pioneers need. Just one win over a very good Blaine team. The Pioneers topped Burlington-Edison earlier this year so it’s entirely possible. Last week: 9; Season opening ranking: 7

10. Meridian (10-10, 5-7) -- The Trojans had a playoff spot all but locked up. They just needed a win over Sedro-Woolley and they lost a nailbiter. There’s still a chance they make the postseason but how can you rebound from a defeat like that? Still a great turnaround season for Mark Gilmore’s squad. Last week: 10; Season opening ranking: 10

11. Sehome (5-13, 2-8) -- Sehome just battles and battles. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see them end with two wins over Anacortes and Bellingham. Maddy Bryan has been a star this season, averaging 12.1 points per game, including three 20-point efforts. Last week: 11; Season opening ranking: 12

12. Bellingham (4-15, 1-10) -- The Red Raiders are really hoping for a win to end the season against Sehome. If Joelle Zamora and Emily Benson get going on the same night, they can definitely get it done. Last week: 12; Season opening ranking: 13

13. Sedro-Woolley (2-17, 1-10) -- What a win over Meridian on Thursday. The Cubs opened the season with a win and went 17 games without one until that victory. It’s a nice gift toward the end of the season for the Cubs in what’s been a very difficult year. Last week: 13; Season opening ranking: 11