STORY & PHOTOS BY GLENN NELSON
A look at the week that was and will be in the state of Washington:
Item: Jackson vs. Meadowdale Redux
The Buzz: A couple weeks shy of a year ago, Meadowdale had never lost to Jackson in girl's basketball. The Mavs also had not lost a game on its home floor in longer than two years. Plus they were steaming along at 12-0. The T-Wolves shattered all of that with a three-point upset. Well, this obviously ain't that, except Meadowdale now is 11-0 and Jackson may be its only barrier to an unbeaten season. The backstory is that Eryn Jones protected the home floor for Meadowdale with a game-winning shot on Dec. 13 and, since then, Jackson beat then-Elite Eleven No. 1 Auburn Riverside at the buzzer, then Lincoln and All-American Alex Montgomery the next day. Jackson's Kristi Kingma also committed to Washington in the meantime, and it feels like she'll reassert herself against old buddy Jones, especially on her own turf.
Item: Lewis and Clark or Kentwood?
The Buzz: Punching in the No. 1 team this week was particularly challenging. Kentwood ran circles around Garfield in one of the most truly impressive performances we've seen in these parts in quite some time. Courtney Vandersloot is the deal and her Batman is complemented nicely by super soph Lindsey Moore's Robin. Moreover, Beth Johnson is more than a mere presence inside, and Jessica Rodgers can crank 'em up from the arc. The Conks will not be challenged the rest of the regular season. On the other hand, Lewis and Clark won't be, either - that is, until the last day of the season, when the defending state champs meet up with Mead, which could pose a significant challenge, depending on the development of 6-foot-5 freshman post Alexis Olgard. Though we think Kentwood is the best offensive team in the state, Lewis and Clark, which held University superstar Angie Bjorklund to 16 points last week, is the state's best defensive team. Since defense wins championships and the Tigers already were in the No. 1 slot, we left them there.
Item: Super Sophs
The Buzz: We've already mentioned scintillating Lindsey Moore, who appeared in the King Holiday Hoopfest along with powerful Brittany Gray of Bainbridge. Auburn Riverside sophomore (and HoopGurlz columnist) Nichole Jackson had five three-pointers and a school-record 12 assists against Enumclaw, and has the best vision and timing of any passer who has come along in this state for years. Do-everything guard Madison Yakaboski of Mount Si has been and remains the standard bearer for what is shaping up as a great Class of 2009 in Washington. Not far behind is Carly Noyes of Moses Lake, who downed 14 of 15 shots en route to 35 points against previously unbeaten Pasco. Moses Lake, which had knocked Richland from the unbeaten ranks the week before, is 12-0 itself and, with Noyes and younger sister Ann improving as the season goes along, looms as a force to be reckoned with in the 4A classification.
The HoopGurlz.com Elite Eleven high-school girls basketball team rankings are featured on KING-TV's Sports Blitz and The Seattle Times.
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|HoopGurlz.com Elite Eleven|
|Washington State's Top Teams Without Regard to Classification|
Records Through Jan. 6
|1. Lewis and Clark (4A) Record: 12-0 Last: 1|
Comment: One-point win over University cinches driver's seat in GSL.
|2. Kentwood (4A) Record: 12-0 Last: 2|
Comment: Ran swift Garfield off the floor in King Holiday Hoopfest.
|3. Roosevelt (4A) Record: 10-0 Last: 3|
Comment: Riders have beaten seven straight highly regarded teams.
|4. Meadowdale (3A) Record: 11-0 Last: 4|
Comment: Jackson may be only barrier to unbeaten regular season.
|5. Jackson (4A) Record: 10-1 Last: 6|
Comment: Beaten Auburn Riverside, Lincon since loss to Meadowdale.
|6. University (4A) Record: 11-2 Last: 5|
Comment: Titans beat Mead on Tuesday to lock down second in GSL.
|7. Auburn Riverside (3A) Record: 9-1 Last: 7|
Comment: Nichole Jackson had five threes, school-record 12 assists in last outing.
|8. Chief Sealth (3A) Record: 7-3 Last: 8|
Comment: Cleveland the only Metro Sound Division foe to break 40 on the Seahawks.
|9. River Ridge (2A) Record: 9-0 Last: 9|
Comment: Courtney Blume, Keisha McDonald team for 41 against Hoquiam.
|10. Moses Lake (4A) Record: 12-0 Last: 11|
Comment: Carly Noyes had 35 against previously unbeaten Pasco.
|11. Mt. Tahoma (4A) Record: 12-0 Last: 10|
Comment: Win over Garfield wasn't really decisive.
The Wait List
Anacortes (2A) 12-0; Black Hills (2A) 8-1; Bothell (4A) 8-2; Colfax (1A) 11-2; Ellensburgh (2A) 8-1; Holy Names (3A) 7-2; Inglemoor (4A) 8-1; Issaquah (3A) 5-3; Kentlake (4A) 8-3; King's (1A) 9-1; Lincoln (4A) 9-3; Lindbergh (3A) 9-0; Lynden Christian (1A) 10-0; Mead (4A) 11-2; Pasco (4A) 11-1; Prairie (4A) 9-3; Pullman (2A) 11-0; Richland (4A) 11-1; Seattle Prep (3A) 8-2; Sehome (3A) 10-0; White River (3A) 9-2.
This Week's Key Games
Wed., Jan. 16, Woodinville at Inglemoor, 7:30 pm
Wed., Jan. 16, Meadowdale at Jackson, 7:30 pm
Fri., Jan. 17, Freeman at Chewelah, 5:45 pm
Fri., Jan. 17, Bothell at Inglemoor, 6:30 pm
Fri., Jan. 17, Monroe at Lake Stevens, 7:30 pm
More Elite Eleven Rankings:
Dec. 4: No Satisfaction for Issy
Dec. 11: Sealth or Riverside?
Jan. 8: Stuff Happened
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Glenn Nelson is the publisher of HoopGurlz.com and the editor-in-chief of Scout Media (www.Scout.com), an online sports network and magazine-publishing company and subsidiary of Fox Interactive Media. Glenn also founded and coached
the Dragons and Northwest HoopGurlz select girl's basketball teams. He previously was a longtime, national-award-winning basketball columnist and writer for The Seattle
Times. His work also has appeared in several national magazines and books. He is co-author of "Rising Stars: The Ten Best Players in the NBA" (Rosen Publishing, 2002). He
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.