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Defending champs lead initial MontanaSports.com girls basketball power rankings

Posted at 6:35 PM, Jan 22, 2019

Three defending state champions top the first edition of this season’s MontanaSports.com high school girls basketball power rankings.

Helena High (9-0), Havre (12-0) and Box Elder (12-0) have carried undefeated records deep into the 2018-19 season and top the initial rankings in Class AA, Class A and Class C, respectively. Townsend, the lone undefeated team remaining in Class B, tops the Class B poll.

MTN Sports voters were unanimous in their No. 1 rankings, and there was little debate beyond that. The voters unanimously agreed on the top five in Class AA — Helena High, Helena Capital, Butte, Billings West and Kalispell Glacier. There wasn’t much variation in the Class A rankings, either, as Browning, Columbia Falls, Laurel and Billings Central followed Havre in the poll.

Things were less straightforward in the Class B and C rankings, as eight teams received votes in both classifications. Wolf Point, Florence, Harlem and Whitehall ultimately completed Class B’s top five, while Malta, Forsyth and Shelby received votes.

Eastern C teams Savage, Froid-Medicine Lake and Scobey slotted in behind Box Elder in the Class C rankings, with Belt and Fort Benton tying for the fifth spot. Ennis and Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap also received votes.

The complete MontanaSports.com high school girls basketball rankings, as voted on by members of the MTN Sports team, are below. For the boys rankings, please click here.

Class AA

  1. Helena High (9-0)
  2. Helena Capital (8-1)
  3. Butte (7-2)
  4. Billings West (8-1)
  5. Kalispell Glacier (6-2)

Please click here for the Class AA coaches poll.

Class A

  1. Havre (12-0)
  2. Browning (10-2)
  3. Columbia Falls (11-1)
  4. Laurel (9-2)
  5. Billings Central (9-2)

Class B

  1. Townsend (12-0)
  2. Wolf Point (11-1)
  3. Florence (9-2)
  4. Harlem (9-3)
  5. Whitehall (11-1)

Receiving votes: Malta (7-5), Forsyth (11-1), Shelby (9-3).

Class C

1. Box Elder (12-0)
2. Savage (11-0)
3. Froid-Medicine Lake (11-0)
4. Scobey (11-1)
T5. Fort Benton (11-1)
T5. Belt (11-1)

Receiving votes: Ennis (10-2), Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap (10-2).