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Iowa high school girls' basketball 2018-19: Preseason rankings

Linder's No. 1s: Johnston, Marion, North Polk, Grundy Center, Newell-Fonda

Marion's Riley Wright (14, left) and Randi Wright (10) compete with Grinnell's Macy Harris (3) for a rebound in the Class 4A championship game at the girls' state basketball tournament. The defending state champion, Marion begins the new season ranked No. 1 in The Gazette's preseason rankings. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Marion's Riley Wright (14, left) and Randi Wright (10) compete with Grinnell's Macy Harris (3) for a rebound in the Class 4A championship game at the girls' state basketball tournament. The defending state champion, Marion begins the new season ranked No. 1 in The Gazette's preseason rankings. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

The Gazette’s preseason girls’ basketball rankings for 2018-19:

CLASS 5A

1. Johnston (21-4, 5A state semifinalist)

2. Waukee (19-5, 5A state quarterfinalist)

3. Southeast Polk (19-4, 5A regional finalist)

4. Iowa City High (25-1, 5A state runner-up)

5. West Des Moines Dowling (20-4, 5A state quarterfinalist)

6. West Des Moines Valley (13-11, 5A state quarterfinalist)

7. Cedar Rapids Prairie (16-7, 5A regional finalist)

8. Iowa City West (19-7, 5A state champion)

9. Cedar Falls (22-2, 5A state quarterfinalist)

10. Ankeny Centennial (19-4, regional finalist)

The next five (alphabetic order): Cedar Rapids Washington (12-9), Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson (14-9), Des Moines East (13-10), Dubuque Hempstead (16-7), Ottumwa (12-10)

Girls' basketball preview: Area players to watch

CLASS 4A

1. Marion (26-0, 4A state champion)

2. North Scott (20-3, 4A regional finalist)

3. Mason City (14-10, 4A state quarterfinalist)

4. Grinnell (23-3, 4A state runner-up)

5. Cedar Rapids Xavier (14-9, 4A regional finalist)

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

7. Boone (22-2, 4A state quarterfinalist)

8. Western Dubuque (18-5, 4A regional semifinalist)

9. Waverly-Shell Rock (16-7, 4A regional finalist)

10. Sioux City Heelan (14-9, 4A regional finalist)

The next five (alphabetic order): Denison-Schleswig (16-7), Knoxville (16-7), Le Mars (18-7), Lewis Central (22-1), Winterset (13-8)

CLASS 3A

1. North Polk (22-4, 3A state semifinalist

2. Clear Lake (22-3, 3A state quarterfinalist)

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

4. South Tama (15-10, 3A state quarterfinalist)

5. Algona (19-5, 3A regional finalist)

6. Red Oak (21-3, 3A state quarterfinalist)

7. Osage (23-1, 3A regional finalist)

8. Waukon (14-7, 3A regional semifinalist)

9. Central Lee (21-2, 3A regional semifinalist)

10. Roland-Story (20-3, 3A regional semifinalist)

The next five (alphabetic order): Crestwood (26-0), Des Moines Christian (20-5), Iowa Falls-Alden (14-9), Shenandoah (15-7), Sioux Center (24-3)

CLASS 2A

1. Grundy Center (24-2, 2A state runner-up)

2. Central Decatur (25-1, 1A state semifinalist)

3. Treynor (23-2, 2A state semifinalist)

4. Cherokee (21-2, 3A regional finalist)

5. South Central Calhoun (22-3, 3A regional finalist)

6. Dike-New Hartford (23-3, 2A state quarterfinalist)

7. Cascade (25-3, 2A state champion)

8. Panorama (23-2, 2A state quarterfinalist)

9. North Linn (23-1, 2A regional finalist)

10. Iowa City Regina (21-5, 2A state quarterfinalist)

The next five (alphabetic order): Emmetsburg (15-7), Martensdale-St. Marys (18-6), Nodaway Valley (16-7), Sumner-Fredericksburg (20-3), West Sioux (21-4)

Girls' basketball preview: Area conference picks

CLASS 1A

1. Newell-Fonda (26-1, 1A state runner-up)

2. North Mahaska (22-1, 1A regional finalist)

3. Montezuma (20-4, 1A state quarterfinalist)

4. West Hancock (21-3, 1A regional finalist)

5. Janesville (21-3, 1A regional finalist)

6. Seymour (23-1, 1A regional finalist)

7. Ackley AGWSR (21-3, 1A state quarterfinalist)

8. Clarksville (20-4, 1A regional semifinalist)

9. Anita CAM (18-5, 1A regional semifinalist)

10. Westwood (17-6, 1A regional semifinalist)

The next five (alphabetic order): Colo-Nesco (18-5), Exira-EHK (24-2), Le Mars Gehlen (15-8), Murray (20-3), Southeast Warren (15-9)

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