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Iowa high school girls' basketball: 2019-20 preseason rankings

Early picks for No. 1: Johnston, North Scott, North Polk, Cascade, Newell-Fonda

Cascade’s Skylar Dolphin (5) scores a basket against Grundy Center in the Class 2A semifinals at the girls’ state basketball tournament last week. Cascade is the 2019-20 preseason No. 1 according to The Gazette’s Jeff Linder. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cascade’s Skylar Dolphin (5) scores a basket against Grundy Center in the Class 2A semifinals at the girls’ state basketball tournament last week. Cascade is the 2019-20 preseason No. 1 according to The Gazette’s Jeff Linder. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Before the folders get put away for the summer, here is one guy’s take on a preseason top 10 for each class next year in Iowa high school girls’ basketball (including this year’s records and postseason finish).

CLASS 5A

1. Johnston (22-3, Class 5A state semifinalist)

2. West Des Moines Dowling (17-8, Class 5A state semifinalist)

3. Iowa City High (19-3, Class 5A state qualifier)

4. Cedar Falls (19-2, Class 5A regional finalist)

5. West Des Moines Valley (20-5, Class 5A state champion)

6. Southeast Polk (21-4, Class 5A state runner-up)

7. Waukee (18-5, Class 5A state qualifier)

8. Urbandale (13-10, Class 5A state qualifier)

9. Ankeny Centennial (15-8, Class 5A state qualifier)

10. Cedar Rapids Prairie (18-4, Class 5A regional finalist)

Next five (alphabetic order): Ames (11-11), Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (12-10), Davenport North (13-9), Iowa City West (17-4), Sioux City East (14-9).

 

CLASS 4A

1. North Scott (22-3, Class 4A state champion)

2. Marion (23-2, Class 4A state runner-up)

3. Ballard (20-3, Class 4A regional semifinalist)

4. Lewis Central (17-4, Class 4A regional semifinalist)

5. Center Point-Urbana (24-2, Class 3A state champion)

6. Cedar Rapids Xavier (14-9, Class 4A state qualifier)

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

8. Gilbert (16-6, Class 4A regional finalist)

9. Dallas Center-Grimes (16-7, Class 4A regional semifinalist)

10. Mason City (16-9, Class 4A state semifinalist)

Next five (alphabetic order): Bondurant-Farrar (12-10), Clear Creek Amana (11-8), Denison-Schleswig (20-3), DeWitt Central (16-5), Glenwood (18-5).

 

CLASS 3A

1. North Polk (23-2, Class 3A state runner-up)

2. Sioux City Heelan (19-6, Class 4A state semifinalist)

3. Dike-New Hartford (20-3, Class 2A state qualifier)

4. Clear Lake (17-5, Class 3A regional finalist)

5. Red Oak (18-5, Class 3A regional semifinalist)

6. Algona (20-2, Class 3A regional semifinalist)

7. Roland-Story (19-6, Class 3A state qualifier)

8. Okoboji (19-3, Class 3A regional quarterfinalist)

9. Crestwood (15-6, Class 3A state qualifier)

10. Des Moines Christian (23-3, Class 3A state semifinalist)

Next five (alphabetic order): Centerville (11-9), Central Lee (19-6), Davenport Assumption (12-10), West Burlington (16-5), West Marshall (14-8).

 

CLASS 2A

1. Cascade (23-2, Class 2A state semifinalist)

2. West Hancock (25-2, Class 1A state runner-up)

3. North Linn (21-2, Class 2A state qualifier)

4. Osage (20-2, Class 3A regional finalist)

5. Van Buren (21-3, Class 2A regional finalist)

6. West Branch (15-5, Class 2A regional quarterfinalist)

7. Aplington-Parkersburg (23-3, Class 2A state qualifier)

8. Emmetsburg (15-8, Class 2A regional semifinalist)

9. MFL MarMac (20-2, Class 2A regional quarterfinalist)

10. East Buchanan (15-7, Class 2A regional quarterfinalist)

Next five (alphabetic order): Avoca AHSTW (15-7), Mount Ayr (15-7), Sigourney (19-4), South O’Brien (15-7), West Sioux (15-6).

 

CLASS 1A

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

2. Clarksville (20-3, Class 1A state qualifier)

3. North Mahaska (15-5, Class 1A state qualifier)

4. Montezuma (22-3, Class 1A state semifinalist)

5. Kingsley-Pierson (22-2, Class 1A regional finalist)

6. Algona Garrigan (16-7, Class 1A regional semifinalist)

7. Marcus MMCRU (17-6, Class 1A regional semifinalist)

8. Exira-EHK (17-6, Class 1A regional semifinalist)

9. Colo-Nesco (19-4, Class 1A regional finalist)

10. Turkey Valley (13-8, Class 1A regional quarterfinalist)

Next five (alphabetic order): Bellevue Marquette (22-3), Fremont-Mills (14-10), Lamoni (15-5), Le Mars Gehlen (14-8), Martensdale-St. Marys (15-5).

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

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