Spanish Springs took a measurable step towards a league title on Friday night with a 67-55 win at McQueen.
Galena also did itself a favor in the Sierra League, grinding out a 40-31 home win over Carson.
Both teams are looking down at the rest of their respective leagues. Several spots in both leagues remain wide open. The final two weeks of the season will not be without consequence.
To view how the rankings have progressed this season, click here.
1. Spanish Springs Cougars (17-4, 12-0)
The Cougars are two wins this week (at North Valleys, vs. Hug) away from celebrating a league title.
Spanish Springs has the most talent in the 4A North and barring something unforeseen, will enter the regional tournament as the team to beat.
Last week: 1
2. Galena Grizzlies (18-4, 10-2)
Galena knocked off the reigning regional champ, Carson, at home on Friday night. It wasn’t pretty (40-31 final score), but it didn’t have to be.
The Grizzlies have quietly rattled off five-straight wins.
One more big regular-season test looms: Friday night at Bishop Manogue.
Last week: 3
3. Carson Senators (9-10, 9-3)
Behind Tez Allen and Jayden DeJoseph, Carson lacks the ability to consistently score the basketball.
The Senators will be in trouble if teams can quiet Allen and DeJoseph simultaneously. That’s exactly what Galena did on Friday night, holding the Senators to just 30 points as a team.
Last week: 2
4. Bishop Manogue Miners (14-8, 9-3)
Typically, a three-game winning streak would warrant a climb in the rankings, but the wins were against Damonte Ranch, Wooster and Douglas.
The Miners are 0-3 (in regional play) against the three teams ahead of them.
Last week: 4
5. Reno Huskies (16-5, 9-3)
Reno is going to be a big fan of North Valleys and Hug this week. Well, except for Friday night when the Huskies play the Panthers.
Reno needs North Valleys or Hug to beat Spanish Springs this week to keep the Huskies in contention for the High Desert League title.
Last week: 5
Outside looking in: Reed Raiders