Girls basketball rankings: Three new No. 1 teams atop polls

Highlands Ranch Broomfield girls basketball

Highlands Ranch is the new No. 1 team in 5A girls basketball. (CHSAANow.com file photo)

The CHSAANow.com girls basketball polls saw three new No. 1 teams crowned this week, including Highlands Ranch, who takes over the No. 1 spot in Class 5A.

It is the biggest shift at the top of the polls since the start of basketball season.

The big story of the week came as ThunderRidge fell to Cherry Creek, 32-27. The Grizzlies had held the top spot in 5A since the preseason poll. But the Bruins couldn't capitalize on the win. They turned around and lost their next game to Broomfield, which kept them firmly in the No. 7 spot this week.

Poudre and Loveland were the two new teams added to the 5A rankings as they come in at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

Sand Creek was one of two teams to hold on the top this week, as they remain No. 1 in the 4A poll. Mesa Ridge jumped from No. 3 to No. 2, continuing their climb and showing that they intend to be a force this year, much like they were in 2014 when they won the 4A title.

Joining the 4A rankings this week is Pueblo East, who comes in at No. 10. The Eagles started the season at 1-2, but have played well enough lately to earn the votes needed to crack the top 10.

Pagosa Springs takes the top spot in the 3A rankings away from Manitou Springs, despite the Mustangs starting 4-0.

In fact, the Mustangs received six first-place votes last week, only to get two this week. Manitou falls to No. 3 in this week's poll.

Lamar made a two-spot jump this week to come in at No. 7 and Grand Valley comes in at No. 10 as the lone newcomer to the 3A rankings.

Yuma remains firmly at the top of the 2A rankings and had a nice showing last week, going 3-0. The big jump in that class was Wray leaping from No. 9 to No. 5. They got the attention of the voters by taking Yuma to the limit and only falling to the Indians 69-66. Highland and Sanford break in as the two newcomers to the 2A polls, landing at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

With Idalia's 48-43 loss to Otis, the Wolves fell out of the top spot in the 1A rankings. That helped Otis break into the top 10 where they come in at No. 7 this week. Kim at No. 8 and Briggsdale at No. 10 also joined this week's rankings.

Sangre de Cristo takes to the top spot this week, jumping from No. 3 to No. 1.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. During the regular season, they are released each Monday.

Complete rankings are below.

CHSAANow.com Girls Basketball Polls

Voted upon by coaches and media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

First-place votes are in parentheses.

Coaches and media members looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org.

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Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Highlands Ranch (11) 7-0 144 2 4-0
2 Grandview (3) 3-0 121 3 3-0
3 ThunderRidge (1) 5-1 118 1 2-1
4 Ralston Valley 5-1 98 4 2-1
5 Broomfield 5-1 75 6 3-0
6 Lakewood 3-2 74 5 1-0
7 Cherry Creek 3-2 64 7 1-1
8 Regis Jesuit 4-2 26 10 2-0
9 Poudre 5-0 21 - 4-0
10 Loveland 5-1 20 - 3-0
Others receiving votes:
Fossil Ridge 19, Rampart 10, Fairview 8, Rocky Mountain 7, Pine Creek 5, Cherokee Trail 4, Castle View 3, Chaparral 2, Horizon 2, Palmer 2, Arapahoe 1, Fruita Monument 1, George Washington 1.
Dropped out
Fossil Ridge (8), Dakota Ridge (9).

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Sand Creek (8) 4-1 131 1 3-0
2 Mesa Ridge (3) 6-1 106 3 3-1
3 Longmont (1) 3-1 99 2 2-1
4 Valor Christian (1) 4-1 97 4 2-0
5 Pueblo West 7-1 71 6 4-0
6 Holy Family 3-3 58 5 2-1
7 Evergreen 4-0 40 7 2-0
8 Golden (1) 6-0 40 10 2-0
9 Berthoud 6-1 24 9 2-1
10 Pueblo East 4-3 23 - 3-1
Others receiving votes:
Centaurus 15, Canon City 12, Windsor 12, D'Evelyn 9, Durango 7, Montrose 6, Mullen 6, Green Mountain 5, Falcon 4, Littleton 2, Conifer 1, Sierra 1, Thomas Jefferson 1.
Dropped out
D'Evelyn (8).

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Pagosa Springs (6) 5-0 101 3 2-0
2 Sterling (2) 4-0 97 2 2-0
3 Manitou Springs (2) 4-0 91 1 2-0
4 Lutheran (1) 3-0 53 5 3-0
5 St. Mary's 5-1 50 4 2-1
6 Eaton 2-1 46 6 2-1
7 Lamar 6-0 44 9 3-0
8 Centauri 6-0 43 7 3-0
9 Moffat County 3-1 25 8 3-1
10 Grand Valley 4-0 10 - 2-0
Others receiving votes:
Liberty Common 10, Trinidad 7, Colorado Springs Christian 5, Olathe 5, Brush 4, Strasburg 4, Faith Christian 3, La Junta 3, University 3.
Dropped out
Trinidad (10).

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Yuma (8) 4-1 98 1 3-0
2 Akron 4-0 82 3 2-0
3 Cedaredge (1) 5-0 78 4 2-0
4 Paonia (1) 4-1 77 2 1-1
5 Wray 4-1 41 9 2-1
6 Simla 3-0 37 7 1-0
7 Del Norte 3-2 33 5 1-2
8 Peyton 1-1 25 6 0-1
9 Highland 5-1 18 - 3-0
10 Sanford 4-1 15 - 2-1
Others receiving votes:
Ellicott 14, Hoehne 9, Haxtun 6, Ignacio 5, Calhan 3, Soroco 3, Union Colony 3, West Grand 3.
Dropped out
Hoehne (8), Ellicott (10).

Class 1A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Sangre De Cristo (4) 4-0 92 3 1-0
2 Kit Carson (5) 3-0 83 2 1-0
3 South Baca 4-1 60 5 2-1
4 Idalia 2-1 59 1 0-1
5 Flagler 4-0 48 4 2-0
6 Fleming 4-0 44 7 2-0
7 Otis (1) 2-1 30 - 1-0
8 Kim 4-0 26 - 2-0
9 Norwood 3-1 22 8 2-0
10 Briggsdale 4-1 17 - 3-0
Others receiving votes:
Jim Elliot 16, Prairie 15, Antonito 14, Eads 6, McClave 5, Genoa-Hugo 4, La Veta 3, Heritage Christian 2, Wiley 2, Shining Mountain 1, Springfield 1.
Dropped out
Prairie (6), Genoa-Hugo (9), Antonito (10).