Preseason Girls Basketball Top 20

It's just a start, but here's 20 teams we think will be among the best this season in the Golden State. A few of these squads may actually start slowly due to late-arriving volleyball players or injured players coming back. Only emerging school that hasn't been among state's elite before is NorCal No. 1 Marin Catholic.

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PRESEASON STATE RANKINGS

Compiled by CalHiSports.com

More than 20 years in the California rankings business and exclusive home of the state record book

(All listed with last year's reported records, if available)

OVERALL TOP 20

1. Narbonne (Harbor City) 28-3

The tough schedule, all the returning players and coach James Anderson spells one thing: Gauchos are No. 1 in the state and in the nation.

2. Artesia (Lakewood) 32-3

The entire roster from last year's Div. II SoCal runner up returns, including State Soph of Year Lauren Ervin.

3. Lynwood 27-3

Returning State Frosh of Year Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood leads a squad that like Narbonne and Artesia should be one of nation's best.

4. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 31-3

Four starters are back for Wildcats, including 6-3 Brooke Smith, and their schedule is tough. Playing in top division at Nike National TOC.

5. Berkeley 27-6

Sabrina Keys came into her own late last season and should lead Yellowjackets to another sparkling record.

6. Mitty (San Jose) 27-3

Solid group of sophs last year got upset in NorCal Div. I semis by Oakland.

7. San Clemente 28-4

Megan Blackshire will come off nationally-ranked volleyball team and will then join basketball team.

8. La Jola Country Day (La Jolla) 29-5 San Diego's preseason No. 1 team regardless of class and defending CIF Div. V state champs hould be better than last year.

9. Buena (Ventura) 29-2 Bulldogs lose Courtney Young and Kelly Greathouse, but Notre Dame-bound Courtney LaVere is still on board and should step up as senior.

10. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 29-6 Two-time defending CIF Div. III state champs return standout junior Noelle Quinn and top soph guard Nykia Peace.

11. Redondo (Redondo Beach) 24-5 All-stater Ofa Tulikihihifo may not be ready from summer knee injury until late January, so the Seahawks could struggle early.

12. Brea-Olinda (Brea) 26-5

Perennial powers from Orange County return top guards, including soph Lauren Pedersen.

13. Poly (Long Beach) 28-3

Fairly young squad last year was good enough to beat Artesia, but stumbled in the playoffs.

14. Kennedy (Sacramento) 32-2

Cougars should be strong again in Sac-Joaquin with all-state soph Alisha Hicks among returnees.

15. Bishop's (La Jolla) 25-5

Defending CIF Div. IV state champs still have Mallorie Winn (13.3 ppg) and are No. 2 to start overall in San Diego.

16. Oakland 22-8

Ebony Young was one of NorCal's top players last year and is back for senior season.

17. Muir (Pasadena) 25-5

Mustangs led by 6-4 University of Tennessee recruit Ty'sha Fluker.

18. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 25-5

Erin Begonia gives Lancers a strong presence at the point guard position.

19. Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 29-3

Sebnem Kimyiacoglu is now at Stanford, but Sarah Feely and her three-point shots are back.

20. St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 20-12

Vikings a major threat for another CIF Div. IV crown with all-state guard Alexis Kendrick and standout junior forward Shannon Clay.

Thanks to Clay Kallam, compiler of the Student Sports FAB 50 girls basketball national rankings, for his help in coming up with this list.


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