Girls basketball rankings: Centauri moving up in 3A poll

Although the Class 3A CHSAANow.com girls basketball rankings are loaded with talent at the top, breaking into those ranks is not impossible and Centauri is proving just that.

After sitting at No. 8 last week, the undefeated Falcons leapt to No. 4 after a 62-33 win over Buena Vista. They now sit right behind Pagosa Springs, Sterling and Manitou Springs, the three preseason favorites to take the state title. Pagosa Springs held on to the top spot that they grabbed from Manitou only a week ago.

The only new addition to the 3A poll this week is Trinidad who gave Manitou Springs its toughest test of the year Friday night.

In 5A, Highlands Ranch remains the top team, while nine teams from last week's rankings remained in the top 10 this week.

The only team to break in is Rocky Mountain, who comes in at No. 10.

Sand Creek girls basketball

Sand Creek remains ranked No. 1 in 4A. (Dan Mohrmann/CHSAANow.com)

Sand Creek remains  the top-ranked team in 4A and are looking every bit the part. Like 3A, the 4A rankings are top-heavy with talented teams as Mesa Ridge (No. 2), Valor Christian (No. 3) and Longmont (No. 4) all look like contenders early in the season.

Centaurus is the only new team to the 4A poll as they land at No. 9 this week.

Yuma still has a grasp on the No. 1 ranking in the 2A polls, although Akron and Cedaredge are both undefeated and getting first-place recognition.

Hasten makes a splash this week as they land at No. 7 after being unranked only a week ago.

Sangre de Cristo edged out Kit Carson by one point to remain the No. 1 team in 1A this week.

The 1A rankings added the most teams this week as Prairie (No. 7) and Jim Elliot (No. 9) break into the poll.

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 (10) 8-1 150 1 1-1
2 Grandview (5) 6-0 140 2 3-0
3 ThunderRidge (1) 7-1 132 3 2-0
4 Ralston Valley 6-1 99 4 1-0
5 Lakewood 5-3 82 6 2-1
6 Broomfield 6-1 78 5 1-0
7 Cherry Creek 4-3 58 7 1-1
8 Poudre 7-1 37 9 2-1
9 Regis Jesuit 5-2 28 8 1-0
10 Rocky Mountain 8-1 20 - 2-0
Others receiving votes:
Fruita Monument 11, Rampart 11, Fossil Ridge 9, Monarch 9, Cherokee Trail 4, Horizon 3, Loveland 3, Chaparral 2, George Washington 2, Castle View 1, Dakota Ridge 1.
Dropped out
Loveland (10).

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Sand Creek (8) 5-1 129 1 1-0
2 Mesa Ridge (3) 7-1 123 2 1-0
3 Valor Christian (2) 6-1 100 4 2-0
4 Longmont (1) 6-1 98 3 3-0
5 Pueblo West 7-1 70 5 0-0
6 Golden (1) 7-1 62 8 1-1
7 Evergreen 6-0 57 7 2-0
8 Holy Family 4-3 51 6 1-0
9 Centaurus 6-0 26 - 0-0
10 Berthoud 8-1 24 9 2-0
Others receiving votes:
Pueblo East 23, Durango 17, Windsor 11, Montrose 9, Mullen 8, D'Evelyn 7, Niwot 5, Green Mountain 3, Discovery Canyon 1, Thomas Jefferson 1.
Dropped out
Pueblo East (10).

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Pagosa Springs (8) 6-0 89 1 1-0
2 Sterling (1) 5-0 80 2 1-0
3 Manitou Springs 6-0 69 3 2-0
4 Centauri 7-0 49 8 1-0
5 St. Mary's 6-1 43 5 1-0
6 Lutheran 4-1 42 4 1-1
7 Eaton 5-1 36 6 3-0
8 Lamar 7-1 24 7 1-1
9 Moffat County 4-1 20 9 1-0
10 Trinidad 6-2 15 - 0-1
Others receiving votes:
Grand Valley 9, Liberty Common 8, Alamosa 4, Faith Christian 2, Platte Valley 2, La Junta 1, Monte Vista 1, Olathe 1.
Dropped out
Grand Valley (10).

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Yuma (9) 6-1 113 1 2-0
2 Akron (1) 5-0 102 2 1-0
3 Cedaredge (1) 6-0 97 3 1-0
4 Paonia (1) 6-1 87 4 2-0
5 Simla 3-0 47 6 0-0
6 Wray 4-2 44 5 0-1
7 Haxtun 5-0 31 - 2-0
8 Highland 5-2 23 9 0-1
9 Peyton 2-2 20 8 1-1
10 Sanford 4-2 19 10 0-1
Others receiving votes:
West Grand 16, Soroco 15, Ignacio 11, Union Colony 10, Ellicott 7, Del Norte 6, Hoehne 6, Calhan 5, Rye 1.
Dropped out
Del Norte (7).

Class 1A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Sangre De Cristo (5) 5-0 92 1 1-0
2 Kit Carson (5) 6-0 91 2 3-0
3 Fleming 5-0 64 6 1-0
4 Kim 6-0 59 8 2-0
5 Idalia 4-1 45 4 2-0
6 South Baca 5-1 40 3 1-0
7 Prairie 6-1 28 - 2-0
8 Flagler 4-1 24 5 0-1
9 Jim Elliot 6-0 20 - 2-0
10 Otis 4-2 19 7 2-1
Others receiving votes:
Briggsdale 16, Heritage Christian 16, Cotopaxi 10, Norwood 9, McClave 7, Antonito 6, La Veta 3, Genoa-Hugo 1.
Dropped out
Norwood (9), Briggsdale (10).