Preseason girls rankings
1. Phoenix St. Mary’s:
St. Mary’s boasts six players who have committed to Division I college programs.
2. Chandler Hamilton:
Seniors Aliyah Dickson and Kyndall Adams should be able to lead team back to the finals.
3. Mesa Dobson:
Dobson graduated seven seniors, but none that averaged more than 2.8 points a game.
4. Gilbert Highland:
Highland lost to Dobson in the quarterfinals, but returns several experienced seniors, including leading scorer Olivia Lucero (12.7 ppg).
5. Mesa Mountain View:
The Toros lost only three games last year, and would be higher on this list if not for a couple key injuries.
6. Phoenix Pinnacle:
Pinnacle five players 6-0, and point guard Sydney Weise, an Oregon State commit, will keep the offense rolling.
7. Phoenix Desert Vista:
Point guard Emily Wolph (14.6 ppg) and guard Kylie Butler (13.5) provide scoring punch.
Forward Jazmyne Bartee (7.0 ppg, 11.7 reb) should be ready for an increased role after graduation took three leading scorers.
9. Avondale Westview:
Westview returns almost every key player from an incredibly balanced team..
10. Anthem Boulder Creek:
Sophomore guard Darian Slaga averaged more than 18 points as a freshman, and post Sam Young averaged a double-double with 11.9 points and 10.5 boards.
1. Chandler Seton Catholic:
The reigning state champions graduated only three seniors and return two All-State players in junior Julia Barcello and senior Anne Marie Holter.
The Panthers will have juniors Alexis Camacho (13.0 ppg) and Taylor Blue (9.3 ppg, 9.8 reb) to pick up the slack.
3. Scottsdale Saguaro:
Leading scorer Casey Rarrick (13.9 ppg) is back for her senior season.
4. Tucson Flowing Wells:
All-State selection Lindsay Leikem and her double-double average are back, but the Caballeros have to replace seven seniors.
5. Phoenix Thunderbird:
Senior forward Jessica Franco will lead a squad that returns four starters and nine letterwinners a state semifinalist.
6. Phoenix Arcadia:
Four players graduated, but Kylie Herd and her 11.8 points a game are back.
7. Peoria Liberty:
Christmas came early last year for Liberty: that is Courtney Christmas, who averaged 12.0 points, 8.1 boards and 4.3 steals a game.
8. Tucson Pusch Ridge Christian:
The Lions topped Flowing Wells in sectionals last year and played Liberty tough at state.
9. Phoenix South Mountain:
Sophomore Krisynthia Sampson poured in 13.6 points a game as a freshman last year.
10. Queen Creek:
The Bulldogs return a whopping eight seniors and hope to send coach Kylee Bean out with a bang in her 24th and final season before retiring.
1. Chandler Valley Christian:
Senior Tana Kemmer sank 134 buckets from beyond the arc last year, third most in the country.
The state runner-up returns leading scorer Mattea Begaii (12.9 ppg), but will have to replace 24.6 points a contest from three of its top graduated seniors.
Jessica Anderson’s return from an ACL injury should help patch graduation losses.
4. Tuba City:
The Warriors have plenty of experienced seniors to count on.
5. Sanders Valley:
The Pirates will be looking to redeem themselves after losing only four games last season but bowing out in the first round of state vs. Tuba City.
6. Fort Defiance Window Rock:
The Fighting Scouts made the state quarterfinals last year before succumbing to Tuba City by seven points.
Sophomore Alliesandra Fuller should be a force after averaging a double-double as a freshman.
The Roadrunners have eight seniors with varsity experience. Meep meep!
9. Camp Verde:
The Cowboys’ only Division III losses came to Valley Christian and state champion Page.
Every varsity player returns, most notably junior Jordan Abalos, who was an All-State selection after averaging 21.8 points and 14.6 boards a game.
1. Tempe Prep:
Senior Marissa Rich (11.9 ppg) and junior Camille Zimmerman (11.6 ppg) return for the defending state champs.
2. Joseph City:
Only one player graduated from the team that lost to Tempe Prep in the state title game last year.
3. Phoenix Arizona Lutheran:
The Coyotes will field an experienced lineup of three seniors and junior Karolyn Lamberson.
4. Scottsdale Salt River:
More than 90 percent of the Eagles’ offensive production is back, led by Briana Kewanwytewa and Kishan Cooper (both 11.7 ppg).
5. Fort Thomas:
Senior Anissa Juan (11.5 ppg) and junior Shaniah Dona (13.0 ppg) are back for the Apaches.
The Wildkats got an unfortunate draw at state when they faced eventual champ Tempe Prep in the second round.
The Roughriders lost four players to graduation, but had a strong campaign last year that ended with a tough first-round draw against Salt River at state.
8. Glendale Joy Christian:
The Eagles lost top scorer Alana Kempf (17.6 ppg) but good thing they have another: senior Mariah Kempf averaged 17.1 points and 4.7 steals a game last season.
9. Tucson Green Fields Country Day:
When you’ve got senior Olivia Snyder and her 25-points-per-game average, you can afford graduation losses.
10. Scottsdale Prep:
Senior Kaye Munsil will be a player to watch after scoring 13.8 points a game as a junior.