The first Colorado Preps Coaches and Media poll for girls basketball was released Monday morning. Later that night, those rankings were already in flux thanks to 6A No. 2 Cherokee Trail’s 52-42 win over No. 1 Legend.

The weekly shuffle begins.

In this week’s look at big-school girls basketball, let’s take a look at two teams each in Class 6A, 5A and 4A with rising stocks early in 2024.

Class 6A

No. 2 Cherokee Trail: The Cougars (11-2) have won three straight since the start of 2024, lastly with a 10-point win over previous-unbeaten No. 1 Legend.

Behind Damara Allen, a University of Texas at San Antonio commit who scored in double figures in six straight games coming into the week, CT also beat Rangeview and No. 7 Regis Jesuit following winter break.

Allen had 11 points and 13 boards in a 61-43 win over the Raiders Friday.

Up next, they host defending champ Grandview and its 6-foot-4 superstar, Sienna Betts, on Jan. 17.

No. 5 Rock Canyon: The Jaguars (11-1) have won six straight — only behind Liberty’s seven-game streak in the classification.

They opened the new year with a 50-point win over Boulder, a 73-point win over Smoky Hill and a 54-40 victory over George Washington on Monday.

In each win of 2024 they had a different leading scorer, led by Brooke Harding (12.6 PPG), Sarah Davis (11.9) and Alyssa Good (10.1).

Their lone loss this season came to No. 9 Horizon on Dec. 8. They’re home against Highlands Ranch Thursday.

Class 5A

No. 9 Pueblo West: The Cyclones (7-4) have had one of the tougher in-state schedules through the first month and a half of the season.

Their best wins include a two-point victory over last year’s 5A 9-seed, Green Mountain, and a dominant 41-26 win over current No. 4 Evergreen.

Their losses are to 6A No. 2 Cherokee Trail, No. 8 Erie, 5A No. 3 Air Academy and 3A No. 1 Colorado Springs Christian.

Trynity Martin leads the way with 11.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. She had 17 and 15 in a loss to Air Academy on Jan. 3, followed by 18 and 19 in a win over Cheyenne Mountain two days later.

The Cyclones are home against 6A No. 10 Pine Creek Friday.

No. 10 Vista PEAK Prep: Before the winter break, the Bison (7-4) went 3-1 at the competitive Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas. Two of their in-state losses are against 6A No. 1 Legend and 5A No. 6 Windsor.

They opened 2024 on a high note with a 46-39 win over Skyview, which is the first team outside the 5A top 10. Sophomore Knakai Starks (8.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG) has scored at least 11 points in four straight games and had 12, nine rebounds and six blocks against the Wolverines.

They host Eaglecrest Thursday.

Class 4A

No. 7 Pagosa Springs: The Pirates (7-3) lost three straight in early December — 6A Rocky Mountain, 5A No. 8 Montrose and 2A No. 2 Sedgwick County — and have since won six in a row.

Elizabeth Currier tied her career high with 22 points in a 52-26 win over Gunnison Saturday. She has scored in double figures in seven of 10 games and is averaging 13.4 PPG.

The Pirates host 3A No. 6 Centauri Friday.

No. 8 Peak to Peak: The Pumas (7-2) are one of the more dangerous teams in the classification. Namely, because of their 6-foot-4 superstar, Alexandra Eschmeyer.

They returned from break with a 36-21 win over St. Mary’s Academy. Prior to it, Eschmeyer averaged 22.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

The touted D-I prospect is shooting 52% from the field and an impressive 41% from deep (which is unfair at 6-4). At the line, she’s 45 of 56 (80%).

Next, the Pumas host Kent Denver on Saturday. They lost to the Sun Devils 48-31 on Dec. 21.