Elite 11: Second Time Around
Jessica Rodgers
Jessica Rodgers
HoopGurlz Publisher
Posted Jan 29, 2007

Nothing can be counted upon the second time around, a notion that has landed Jessica Rodgers and Kentwood in the No. 1 spot in the ranking of top Washington schools without regard to classification.

What comes around, goes around. It may be a trite saying, but it's the reason why Kentwood finally is where we thought they'd be in, say, March - that is, queens of the hill in the state of Washington.

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, as the top offensive and defensive teams in the state, the Conks and Lewis and Clark were a coin toss. The Tigers retained the No. 1 slot in the HoopGurlz.com Elite Eleven because they were the defending State 4A champs, plus they already were there. And we saw no reason to remove them - until now.

Back on Dec. 19, Lewis and Clark handled Shadle Park by 14 on the Highlanders' home floor. Last week, the Highlanders hit 19 of 23 free throws and committed only two fouls in the second half at the Tigers' joint. Lewis and Clark shot a frigid 33 percent and the Lexies - Lexie Pettersen and Lexi Bishop - combined for 36 points for Shadle Park, which is having its best season in 11 years.

Likewise, Othello, just 9-5, lost to Ellensburgh by 10 the first time they played at Othello. Last week, a day after Ellensburgh claimed a piece of the league lead via an upset of East Valley, Othello, in goes-around fashion, clipped the Bulldogs by four.

And then there's Gig Harbor, which held HoopGurlz All-American Alex Montgomery of Lincoln to just four points in a near upset in mid-December. Last week, Montgomery had 22 points and 14 rebounds during a 22-point victory for the Abes.

All of which leaves us with another trite-but-true saying: Revenge is a you-know-what.

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. 27
1. Kentwood (4A) Record: 17-0 Last: 2
Comment: Beat second-place Kentlake by 43 points.
2. Roosevelt (4A) Record: 15-0 Last: 3
Comment: Smooth sailing now after romp over Woodinville.
3. Meadowdale (3A) Record: 15-0 Last: 4
Comment: Marelle Moehrle leading scorer in five straight..
4. Moses Lake (4A) Record: 17-0 Last: 6
Comment: Carly Noyes had 19 pts, 13 reb, 5 blk vs. Davis.
5. Lewis and Clark (4A) Record: 15-1 Last: 1
Comment: It's rare to win GSL outright.
6. University (4A) Record: 14-2 Last: 5
Comment: Angie Bjorklund, Dara Zack get 42 vs. Mt. Spokane.
7. Mt. Tahoma (4A) Record: 17-0 Last: 7
Comment: Shauneice Samms had 33 points vs. North Kitsap.
8. Chief Sealth (3A) Record: 12-3 Last: 8
Comment: Shaneya Valdez had team-leading 32 pts last week.
9. Jackson (4A) Record: 14-2 Last: 9
Comment: Kristi Kingma had 25 points vs. Shorecrest.
10. Auburn Riverside (3A) Record: 13-2 Last: 10
Comment: Katie Grad has averaged 27.8 ppg in last four.
11. River Ridge (2A) Record: 13-0 Last: 11
Comment: Big showdown with Black Hills on Tuesday.

The Wait List
Anacortes (2A) 16-0; Black Hills (2A) 11-3; Colfax (1A) 15-2; Curlew (1B) 17-1; Ellensburgh (2A) 12-2; Evergreen Lutheran (2B) 12-1; Garfield (4A) 11-3; Holy Names (3A) 10-4; Inglemoor (4A) 12-3; Issaquah (3A) 11-3; King's (1A) 13-1; Lakeside (3A) 13-3; LaSalle (1B) 15-2; Lincoln (4A) 14-4; Lindbergh (3A) 12-1; Lynden Christian (1A) 13-1; Mead (4A) 13-3; Monroe (4A) 12-3; Pasco (4A) 15-1; Prairie (4A) 12-3; Pullman (2A) 14-0; Rainier Beach (3A) 10-2; Seattle Prep (3A) 13-2; Sehome (3A) 11-2; Shadle Park (4A) 12-4; Skyline (3A) 12-2; Skyview (4A) 12-3; White River (3A) 10-3; Woodinville (4A) 11-4.

This Week's Key Games
Tue., Jan. 30, Black Hills at River Ridge, 7:30 pm
Tue., Jan. 30, Pasco at Moses Lake, 7:30 pm
Wed., Jan. 31, Shadle Park at Mead, 7:00 pm
Wed., Jan. 31, Bothell at Woodinville, 7:30 pm
Thu., Feb. 1, Seattle Academy at Bellevue Christian, 7:30 pm
Fri., Feb. 2, Colfax at Chewelah, 6 pm
Fri., Feb. 2, Mount Si at Issaquah, 7:30 pm
Fri., Feb. 2, Holy Names at Lakeside, 8 pm
Sat., Feb. 2, Garfield at Inglemoor, 5:45 pm
Sat., Feb. 3, East Valley at Ellensburgh, 6 pm

More Elite Eleven Rankings:
Dec. 4: No Satisfaction for Issy
Dec. 11: Sealth or Riverside?
Jan. 8: Stuff Happened
Jan. 17: Week with Buzz
Jan. 23: Cream Has Risen

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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 hoopgurlz@comcast.net.

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