Last week on the high school girls basketball courts brought some upsets, including Missoula Sentinel suffering its first loss of the season.
Frenchtown, which was ranked in the Class A poll every week, suffered two losses at the Western A divisional tournament to see its season end. Corvallis made an unexpected tip to the championship to receive votes in the Class A poll.
But nothing compares to the chaos in Class C, where eight teams are ranked in the top five.
The complete MontanaSports.com girls basketball polls are below. For the boys basketball polls, please click here.
Despite suffering its first loss of the season, Missoula Sentinel kept its No. 1 ranking in the Class AA poll. The Spartans are no longer a unanimous choice, though, as Helena High snagged a first-place vote. The Bengals are second in the poll for the fifth consecutive week.
Bozeman moved back ahead of Great Falls CMR at Nos. 3 and 4, and Helena Capital completed the top five.
1. Missoula Sentinel
2. Helena High
4. Great Falls CMR
5. Helena Capital
Columbia Falls and Hardin won their divisional championships Saturday, and both bring 20-1 records into this week’s state tournament. The Wildkats are the unanimous No. 1-ranked team, and the Bulldogs are a unanimous No. 2.
Havre edged Butte Central for third, while Belgrade moved into the rankings at No. 5.
1. Columbia Falls
4. Butte Central
Malta surpassed undefeated Ronan for the No. 1 ranking four weeks ago, and the M-Ettes have been the unanimous top choice in three straight weeks now. The Maidens still slide in at No. 2, though Fairfield, which lost by only two points to Malta in the Northern B championship, stole a second-place vote.
Colstrip is still third, one spot ahead of the Eagles. Three Forks is fifth in the Class B poll.
5. Three Forks
Belt and Twin Bridges are first and second, respectively, in the Class poll. It’s been that way in every edition of the MontanaSports.com polls. Box Elder has been third in every edition, and, though the Bears did not finish in the top four at the Northern C divisional tournament, they’re still ranked in a tie for third with Southern C champion Harlowton.
And there’s a four-way tie for fifth. Arlee, Froid-Lake, Roy-Winifred and Savage shared the final spot in the Class C poll. Savage won the Eastern C championship to clinch its first-ever state tournament berth, while Arlee, Froid-Lake and Roy-Winifred all finished second at their respective divisional tournaments.
2. Twin Bridges
T3. Box Elder