Despite a 6-7 record, the Helena girls basketball team moved into this week’s 406mtsports.com Class AA rankings at No. 5.

The three-time defending state champion Bengals started last week with a 51-46 loss to Butte. Two days later, they upset No. 2 Missoula Hellgate 38-37.

Hellgate also responded well to its loss. On Saturday, the Knights handed top-ranked Helena Capital its first loss of the season. Thanks to its crosstown rival’s win over Hellgate, Capital remained No. 1 in the rankings.

Helena will host No. 3 Missoula Sentinel on Thursday, and Capital will play at Sentinel Saturday.

Whitehall was the only other team to enter this week’s rankings, landing at No. 9 in Class B.

The Class A and C rankings stayed the same, but that might change next week. Class A No. 3 Havre hosts No. 4 Browning on Friday, and Class C No. 4 Charlo will play at No. 6 Hot Springs Saturday.

Records are through Feb. 10

Class AA

1. Helena Capital (12-1)

2. Missoula Hellgate (11-2)

3. Missoula Sentinel (11-2)

4. Billings West (10-3)

5. Helena (6-7) (Previously unranked)

Class A

1. Hardin (15-1)

2. Billings Central (13-2)

3. Havre (14-1)

4. Browning (13-2)

5. Columbia Falls (14-1)

Class B

1. Missoula Loyola (16-0)

2. Big Timber (16-0)

3. Harlem (15-1)

4. Forsyth (14-2)

5. St. Labre (14-2)

6. Colstrip (12-4)

7. Columbus (11-5) (+2)

8. Malta (10-5) (+2)

9. Whitehall (11-4) (Previously unranked)

10. Thompson Falls (12-4) (-2)

Class C

1. Fort Benton (16-0)

2. Belt (15-1)

3. Roy-Winifred (15-1)

4. Charlo (17-0)

5. Melstone (16-0)

6. Hot Springs (15-1)

7. Plenty Coups (13-1)

8. Westby-Grenora (15-1)

9. Scobey (15-1)

10. Manhattan Christian (14-2)

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406mtsports.com's Victor Flores, Frank Gogola, Chris Peterson and Mike Scherting contributed to this week's rankings.

Disagree with the rankings, or have a question? Email Victor at victor.flores@406mtsports.com.

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