Ririe joins 2A ranks in girls basketball media poll

After almost a year, the Ririe High School girls basketball team is back in the 2A ranks of the Idaho high school girls basketball state media poll.

The Bulldogs attained the No. 3 spot in 2A in the first poll of 2018 released Wednesday, ahead of conference foe Firth, which remained at No. 5, and District 3’s Cole Valley Christian at No. 4.

Ririe, which graduated seven from last year’s 2A state championship team, entered Wednesday a 4-0 start in Nuclear Conference action and on a 12-game win streak. West Jefferson, previously ranked No. 3, was among 2A teams receiving votes this week after consecutive conference losses to Firth and Ririe.

Sugar-Salem was also rewarded in the first poll of the New Year. After splitting first-place votes down the middle with two-time defending state champion Timberlake in the previous poll, the Diggers received eight of nine possible first-place votes Wednesday. Sugar-Salem entered Wednesday on a 10-game win streak, including wins over Burley and defending 4A state runner-up Bishop Kelly. Snake River remained in the No. 3 spot for another week.

Bonneville, which went 2-1 at the TimberLion Tournament in Boise in December and is 4-0 in 5A District 5-6, went from No. 3 in the previous poll to No. 4 this week. Borah, previously tied for No. 5, is the new No. 3.

Blackfoot, which is off to its best start in recent memory, was among 4A teams receiving votes this week.

Defending state champion Butte County, currently undefeated in conference play, maintained its perch atop the 1A Division II ranks. The Pirates received seven of nine first-place votes.

The complete poll is below with local teams bolded.

Week 6 Girls Basketball State Media Poll

Records are through Jan. 9, 2018

Class 5A

Team (1st-place votes) W-L Pts Pvs

1. Eagle (9) 16-0 45 1

2. Post Falls 14-2 33 2

3. Borah 13-2 21 T-5

4. Bonneville 15-1 20 3

5. Capital 13-2 16 4

Others receiving votes: None

Class 4A

Team (1st-place votes) W-L Pts Pvs

1. Middleton (9) 12-3 45 1

2. Minico 10-5 32 2

3. Bishop Kelly 10-5 27 4

4. Caldwell 9-4 12 -

5. Century 9-6 7 3

Others receiving votes: Burley 6, Mountain Home 3, Sandpoint 2, Blackfoot 1

Class 3A

Team (1st-place votes) W-L Pts Pvs

1. Sugar-Salem (8) 13-2 44 1

2. Timberlake (1) 11-3 37 2

3. Snake River 10-3 21 3

4. Parma 14-3 18 5

5. Gooding 11-2 8 -

Others receiving votes: Bonners Ferry 6, Buhl 1

Class 2A

Team (1st-place votes) W-L Pts Pvs

1. Melba (8) 14-0 44 1

2. Soda Springs (1) 13-1 33 2

3. Ririe 14-1 28 -

4. Cole Valley Christian 12-2 11 4

5. Firth 11-3 10 5

Others receiving votes: West Jefferson 8, New Plymouth 1

Class 1A Division I

Team (1st-place votes) W-L Pts Pvs

1. Prairie (8) 12-1 44 1

2. Oakley (1) 13-0 36 2

3. Lapwai 10-3 23 3

4. Shoshone 13-1 22 4

5. Notus 9-2 5 -

Others receiving votes: Genesee 4, Liberty Charter 1

Class 1A Division II

Team (1st-place votes) W-L Pts Pvs

1. Butte County (7) 11-3 43 1

2. Nezperce (1) 11-2 32 2

3. Salmon River 8-2 29 3

4. Dietrich 8-3 11 5

T-5. Genesis Prep (1) 6-6 7 4

T-5. Lighthouse Christian 11-3 7 -

Others receiving votes: Rockland 3, Sho-Ban 3

Voters:

Mark Nelke, Coeur d’Alene Press

Matt Harris, IdahoSports.com

Fred Davis, Blackfoot Morning News

Marlowe Hereford, Post Register

Brandon Walton, Idaho Press-Tribune

Matt Baney, Lewiston Tribune

Jake Crouse, Times-News

Paul Kingsbury, IdahoSports.com

Michael Lycklama, Idaho Statesman

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