Girls Basketball

Linder's 2017-18 preseason girls' basketball rankings

Who's No. 1: Dowling, Marion, Crestwood, North Linn, Springville

Springville's Nichole Kane (right) slaps hands with Mikayla Nachazel after Nachazel scored during the girls' state basketball tournament last week. The Orioles are two-time defending state champions in Class 1A, and the favorite again next year, according to The Gazette's Jeff Linder. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Springville's Nichole Kane (right) slaps hands with Mikayla Nachazel after Nachazel scored during the girls' state basketball tournament last week. The Orioles are two-time defending state champions in Class 1A, and the favorite again next year, according to The Gazette's Jeff Linder. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The Gazette’s Jeff Linder unveils his preseason girls’ basketball rankings for the 2017-18 season. Teams are reclassified based on preliminary BEDS Documents; 2016-17 records and postseason are in parentheses.

 

Class 5A

1. West Des Moines Dowling (19-5, 5A state quarterfinalist)

2. Iowa City West (21-4, 5A state semifinalist)

3. Iowa City High (22-2, 5A state quarterfinalist)

4. Indianola (24-1, 5A state semifinalist)

5. Cedar Falls (23-2, 5A state runner-up)

6. Pleasant Valley (19-4, 5A regional finalist)

7. Ankeny Centennial (17-6 5A regional finalist)

8. West Des Moines Valley (24-2, 5A state champion)

9. Bettendorf (15-7, 5A regional finalist)

10. Johnston (19-5, 5A state quarterfinalist)

Next in line (alphabetic order)

Ames (15-8), Cedar Rapids Prairie (9-13), Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (11-12), Davenport North (18-5), Des Moines East (10-12), Linn-Mar (12-11), Sioux City West (11-10), Southeast Polk (14-9), Urbandale (10-13), Waukee (18-5).

Class 4A

1. Marion (24-2, 4A state runner-up)

2. Lewis Central (22-2, 4A state quarterfinalist)

3. Center Point-Urbana (22-4, 3A state semifinalist)

4. Le Mars (19-4, 4A regional finalist)

5. Boone (19-6, 4A state quarterfinalist)

6. North Scott (21-5, 4A state champion)

7. Grinnell (19-5, 4A state quarterfinalist)

8. Pella (20-5, 4A state semifinalist)

9. Western Dubuque (21-2, 4A regional finalist)

10. Mason City (11-12, 4A regional semifinalist)

Next in line (alphabetic order):

Carlisle (18-5), Cedar Rapids Xavier (18-7), Dallas Center-Grimes (13-10), Denison-Schleswig (18-6), Keokuk (14-7), Mount Pleasant (13-10), Perry (15-6), Sergeant Bluff-Luton (14-9), Sioux City Heelan (13-10), Waverly-Shell Rock (16-7).

Class 3A

1. Crestwood (22-2, 3A state quarterfinalist)

2. Cherokee (21-4, 3A state semifinalist)

3. Sioux Center (26-1, 3A state runner-up)

4. Osage (17-5, 3A regional semifinalist)

5. Nevada (22-2, 4A state quarterfinalist)

6. Davenport Assumption (16-8, 3A state quarterfinalist)

7. Clear Lake (21-4, 3A state quarterfinalist)

8. Forest City (17-7, 3A regional finalist)

9. West Marshall (20-4, 3A regional finalist)

10. Roland-Story (15-8, 3A regional semifinalist)

Next in line (alphabetic order):

Algona (18-5), Carroll Kuemper (14-9), Central Lee (19-4), Iowa Falls-Alden (10-12), Mid-Prairie (17-7), MOC-Floyd Valley (12-9), Monticello (14-9), Red Oak (18-5), Shenandoah (21-3), Waukon (11-11).

Class 2A

1. North Linn (24-2, 2A state quarterfinalist)

2. Iowa City Regina (26-1, 2A state semifinalist)

3. Treynor (27-1, 2A state runner-up)

4. Western Christian (25-2, 2A state champion)

5. Logan-Magnolia (21-4, 2A state quarterfinalist)

6. West Sioux (22-2, 2A regional finalist)

7. Panorama (22-2, 2A regional finalist)

8. Cascade (23-3, 2A state semifinalist)

9. IKM-Manning (18-5, 2A regional quarterfinalist)

10. Grundy Center (19-3, 2A regional semifinalist)

Next in line (alphabetic order):

Bellevue (17-7), Dike-New Hartford (13-10), Maquoketa Valley (19-5), Mediapolis (16-7), North Union (18-4), Okoboji (15-8), Pella Christian (14-9), Sidney (23-2), Sigourney (20-5), Van Buren (16-7).

Class 1A

1. Springville (25-2, 1A state champion)

2. Kingsley-Pierson (24-2, 1A state semifinalist)

3. Central Decatur (24-1, 2A state quarterfinalist)

4. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (24-2, 1A state semifinalist)

5. Janesville (24-1, 1A state quarterfinalist)

6. West Hancock (19-3, 1A regional semifinalist)

7. Lansing Kee (17-5, 1A regional finalist)

8. Montezuma (17-7, 2A regional finalist)

9. North Mahaska (16-7, 2A regional quarterfinalist)

10. Dunkerton (17-5, 1A regional first round)

Next in line (alphabetic order):

Ackley AGWSR (19-5), Algona Garrigan (16-7), Anita CAM (17-7), Bellevue Marquette (21-4), Boyer Valley (18-5), Lynnville-Sully (21-3), Newell-Fonda (20-4), Ruthven GTRA (15-7), Seymour (19-2), Westwood (17-7).

l Comments: (319) 368-8857; jeff.linder@thegazette.com

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