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Iowa high school girls' basketball 2020-21: The Gazette's preseason rankings

Our No. 1 teams: Waukee, Glenwood, Des Moines Christian, Maquoketa Valley, Newell-Fonda

Center Point-Urbana's Ryley Goebel (25) guards North Scott's Presley Case during their Class 4A semifinal at last year's
Center Point-Urbana’s Ryley Goebel (25) guards North Scott’s Presley Case during their Class 4A semifinal at last year’s girls’ state basketball tournament. Goebel returns, and the Stormin’ Pointers are ranked No. 3 in The Gazette’s preseason rankings. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The Gazette’s 2020-21 preseason Iowa high school girls’ basketball rankings (with 2019-20 record and postseason finish).

Class 5A

1. Waukee (23-3, 5A state runner-up)

2. Waterloo West (20-5, 5A state semifinalist)

3. Southeast Polk (19-5, 5A state qualifier)

4. Johnston (24-2, 5A state champion)

5. Cedar Falls (19-5, 5A state qualifier)

6. Ankeny Centennial (13-10, 5A regional finalist)

7. Iowa City West (14-10, 5A regional finalist)

8. Iowa City High (23-2, 5A state semifinalist)

9. Davenport North (18-5, 5A regional finalist)

10. Des Moines Roosevelt (13-10, 5A regional semifinalist)

Next in line (alphabetic order): Ames (11-12), Cedar Rapids Washington (10-12), Indianola (16-7), Muscatine (11-11), West Des Moines Valley (14-8).

Class 4A

1. Glenwood (25-1, 4A state semifinalist)

2. Ballard (22-2, 4A state qualifier)

3. Gilbert (19-4, 4A state qualifier)

4. DeWitt Central (18-4, 4A regional finalist)

5. Waverly-Shell Rock (20-3, 4A state qualifier)

6. Cedar Rapids Xavier (15-8, 4A regional finalist)

7. Harlan (13-10, 4A regional semifinalist)

8. Winterset (12-9, 4A regional quarterfinalist)

9. Denison-Schleswig (12-10, 4A regional quarterfinalist)

10. Bondurant-Farrar (14-9, 4A regional semifinalist)

Next in line (alphabetic order): Grinnell (16-7), Keokuk (18-4), North Polk (21-6), North Scott (26-0), Pella (12-11).

Class 3A

1. Des Moines Christian (22-3, 3A state qualifier)

2. Cherokee (17-6, 3A regional finalist)

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

4. West Liberty (19-5, 3A regional finalist)

5. Clear Lake (23-3, 3A state semifinalist)

6. Unity Christian (15-7, 3A regional quarterfinalist)

7. West Lyon (16-7, 3A regional semifinalist)

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

9. Panorama (20-4, 2A regional finalist)

10. Roland-Story (19-4, 3A regional finalist)

Next in line (alphabetic order): Central Lee (16-8), Estherville ELC (15-7), Knoxville (20-3), Osage (24-3), West Burlington (18-5).

Class 2A

1. Maquoketa Valley (17-5, 2A regional quarterfinalist)

2. South Central Calhoun (15-7, 2A regional quarterfinalist)

3. West Branch (21-4, 2A state qualifier)

4. Denver (17-9, 2A state qualifier)

5. Avoca AHSTW (20-4, 2A regional finalist)

6. West Hancock (25-2, 2A state semifinalist)

7. West Monona (17-6, 2A regional semifinalist)

8. North Linn (25-2, 2A state champion)

9. Nodaway Valley (20-3, 2A regional semifinalist)

10. IKM-Manning (17-6, 2A regional semifinalist)

Next in line (alphabetic order): Cascade (26-1), Central Lyon (18-6), Grundy Center (16-8), Mount Ayr (19-4), Pekin (12-7).

Class 1A

1. Newell-Fonda (27-0, 1A state champion)

2. Algona Garrigan (25-2, 1A state runner-up)

3. Saint Ansgar (22-3, 1A state semifinalist)

4. Marcus MMCRU (21-1, 1A regional semifinalist)

5. Springville (20-5, 1A regional finalist)

6. Exira-EHK (21-2, 1A regional finalist)

7. Kingsley-Pierson (20-5, 1A regional finalist)

8. Akron-Westfield (17-7, 1A regional semifinalist)

9. Collins-Maxwell (19-5, 1A regional semifinalist)

10. Logan-Magnolia (21-4, 2A state qualifier)

Next in line (alphabetic order): Burlington Notre Dame (20-5), Clinton Prince of Peace (13-10), Montezuma (23-2), Stanton (22-3), Turkey Valley (19-5).

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