Girls basketball rankings: Highlands Ranch firms up No. 1 spot in 5A

Highlands Ranch girls basketball team

Highlands Ranch cemented itself atop the 5A girls basketball rankings this week. (Matt Mathewes/MVPSportsPics.com)

It seemed like Highlands Ranch was poised to get knocked off the top spot of the Class 5A CHSAANow.com girls basketball rankings.

But the Falcons had other ideas.

They trailed at halftime Friday night against ThunderRidge but rallied to take down the Grizzlies, cementing their status as the No. 1 team in state. The ThunderRidge effort only dropped them one spot, setting up a potential high-profile rematch in the state playoffs.

The 5A rankings saw only one new team join this week as Horizon comes in at No. 9.

Sand Creek remained the top team in the 4A poll, a position they have held all year. Evergreen and Windsor each jumped one spot to come in at No. 8 and No. 19 respectively. There were no new teams in the 4A rankings.

Pagosa Springs remains the top team in 3A rankings after winning both their games last week. Manitou Springs jumped one spot to land at No. 2.

Like 4A, there were no newcomers to the 3A poll.

Yuma is still the No. 1 team in 2A, getting 14 of 16 first-place votes. Highland made the biggest jump of the week by landing at No. 7, up three spots from where they were in the previous rankings. No new teams made 2A poll this week.

Although three teams remain undefeated in 1A, Sangre de Cristo is still the team holding the top spot in 1A. McClave is the only newly ranked team this week, coming in at No. 10.

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.

Go to: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | 1A

Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Highlands Ranch (14) 15-1 166 1 2-0
2 Grandview (2) 13-0 148 3 2-0
3 ThunderRidge (1) 13-2 142 2 1-1
4 Lakewood 11-3 106 5 2-0
5 Broomfield 12-2 105 4 3-0
6 Ralston Valley 12-2 83 6 2-0
7 Cherry Creek 10-5 52 10 2-0
8 Poudre 12-3 36 9 1-0
9 Horizon 11-5 32 - 3-0
10 Rocky Mountain 13-3 23 8 1-1
Others receiving votes:
Regis Jesuit 17, Pine Creek 12, Fairview 4, Rampart 4, George Washington 3, Fossil Ridge 2, Doherty 1.
Dropped out
Regis Jesuit (7).

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Sand Creek (13) 10-1 164 1 1-0
2 Mesa Ridge (3) 13-1 144 2 2-0
3 Valor Christian 12-1 134 3 2-0
4 Longmont (1) 13-1 120 4 2-0
5 Holy Family 10-4 78 5 2-1
6 Pueblo West 12-3 65 6 1-0
7 Pueblo East 9-4 54 7 1-0
8 Evergreen 12-2 53 9 2-0
9 Windsor 13-1 32 10 2-0
10 Centaurus 13-1 29 8 3-0
Others receiving votes:
Durango 21, Montrose 16, D'Evelyn 8, Mullen 6, Thomas Jefferson 5, Pueblo South 4, Berthoud 2.
Dropped out
None.

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Pagosa Springs (9) 11-0 134 1 2-0
2 Manitou Springs (4) 13-0 113 3 3-0
3 Sterling (1) 11-1 95 2 1-1
4 St. Mary's 13-1 89 5 3-0
5 Eaton 12-1 86 4 2-0
6 Centauri 11-2 63 6 1-1
7 Moffat County 9-2 39 7 2-1
8 Lutheran 9-4 36 10 2-0
9 Monte Vista 9-3 35 9 2-0
10 Lamar 10-3 30 8 1-1
Others receiving votes:
La Junta 23, Grand Valley 10, Trinidad 9, Liberty Common 6, Faith Christian 2, Olathe 1.
Dropped out
None.

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Yuma (14) 11-1 152 1 2-0
2 Paonia (1) 11-1 140 3 2-0
3 Cedaredge 11-1 94 2 1-1
4 Akron (1) 10-2 92 4 1-1
5 Wray 7-3 89 5 1-0
6 Soroco 11-1 66 7 2-0
7 Highland 9-3 48 10 2-0
8 Haxtun 8-2 44 6 0-1
9 West Grand 12-1 39 9 3-0
10 Ignacio 7-3 34 8 1-1
Others receiving votes:
Ellicott 23, Kiowa 17, Simla 12, Union Colony 8, Hoehne 6, Del Norte 4, Peyton 4, Evangelical Christian 3, Calhan 2, Caliche 1, Sanford 1, Swink 1.
Dropped out
None.

Class 1A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Sangre De Cristo (9) 8-0 104 1 1-0
2 Kit Carson (1) 12-0 97 2 2-0
3 Fleming (1) 11-0 75 5 2-0
4 Idalia 10-1 71 3 2-0
5 South Baca 11-1 64 4 3-0
6 Jim Elliot 11-0 54 6 1-0
7 Heritage Christian (1) 11-0 53 8 2-0
8 Kim 10-2 29 9 2-0
9 Otis 10-2 22 7 2-0
10 McClave 9-2 20 - 2-0
Others receiving votes:
Briggsdale 18, Norwood 17, Prairie 9, Sierra Grande 8, Antonito 4, Eads 3, Flagler 3.
Dropped out
Prairie (10).