The number three turns out to be a wildcard in this week’s Coaches and Media Girls Basketball Poll.

There are three new teams in the rankings and all of them are in the final poll for either Class 2A or Class 1A. Interestingly enough, the common theme in all four classifications is that the third-ranked team is impacted in some way.

In the final 2A Poll, Wyoming Indian retains the No. 1 spot for an eighth consecutive week. The Chiefs received eight of the 10 first-place votes. Pine Bluffs moves up one spot to second, which pushes Rocky Mountain down to third before the post-season begins. Moorcroft holds steady in fourth. Wind River is back in the rankings for the first time in four weeks at No. 5. Three other teams received votes.

The Cokeville Panthers end the poll where they began in the preseason, at No. 1 and unanimously. Upton holds in second for a third straight week. After the top two, change is in order. Kaycee moves up from fifth to third. Two new teams are in the rankings with Little Snake River back in the top five at No. 4. Making their debut in the rankings for the first time this season and in the final poll are the Meeteetse Longhorns. Four other teams garnered votes in the final rankings of the season.

Each final ranking in 1A and 2A has three ranked teams at the West Regional tournament and two at the East Regional.

In Class 4A, Thunder Basin remains No. 1 heading into the final weekend. The Bolts got all but two first-place votes. Cheyenne East moves back up to second, while Cheyenne Central drops to third after their loss last week to Cheyenne South. The Thunderbirds and Indians meet for the second time at Storey Gym in Cheyenne on Friday night. Green River holds at No. 4, where the Wolves have been for five consecutive weeks. Kelly Walsh stays in the fifth spot.

Douglas remains a unanimous No. 1 in Class 3A. The Bearcats earned all 19 first-place votes. Worland is steady in second, but there’s a new team in third. That is the Lyman Eagles, who jumped up two spots in this week’s balloting. They just trade positions with Lander. Coming off a loss, the Tigers fall to fifth. Mountain View holds at No. 4. Lyman will host the Buffalos on Thursday night. Lander gets their second shot at Worland on Friday night in Washakie County.

The final poll for the top two classifications is next week.

The girls’ voting breakdown is available by clicking the button below:

The Coaches and Media Poll is done for fun. It has no bearing on the post-season or any seeding. Coaches and Media Members across the state are invited to participate in the poll.

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