USA TODAY Sports is releasing its preseason Super 25 girls basketball rankings in two parts. Wednesday’s teams are No. 11 through No. 25, and Thursday we will reveal No.1 through No. 10.
11. McEachern, Powder Springs, Ga. (29-2)
The Indians won the state championship and will mix experience with a few talented newcomers. American Family Insurance ALL-USA preseason player Te’a Cooper, a senior point guard (20.1 points, 4.5 steals, 6 assists), is a strong three-point shooter (35.6%) who has signed with Tennessee. Senior forward Caliya Robinson (12.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, 6.3 blocks, 3.3 steals) is a defensive presence who had 17 blocks in one game last season and is a Georgia signee. Junior guard Jada Lewis (9.5 points, 4.1 assists) is drawing Division I attention for her ability to penetrate the lane and hit a mid-range jumper. Senior center Zieandria Bridges (3.1 points) can run all day. Sophomore small forward Lyndsey Whilby was a top scorer at Greenforest Christian (Decatur) and will likely contribute right away.
12. Potters House Christian, Jacksonville, Fla. (32-6)
The Lions have plenty of talent, as usual. Senior point guard Denisha Swain (12.3 points, 3.6 assists) and 6-3 sophomore guard-forward Rella Boothe (18.2 points, 10.6) are the top returnees, along with senior guard Ra’Jean Martin (8.5 points), junior guard Shanice Norton (5.6 points, 4.4 rebounds) and sophomore guard Jasmine Gaines (6.6 points, 3.2 rebounds).
13. Bedford North Lawrence, Bedford, Ind. (27-1)
The two-time defending 4A state champion returns two elite posts in Michigan State signee Jenna Allen (14.9 points, 8.7 rebounds) and Purdue signee Dominique McBryde (15.0 points, 6.9 rebounds). Another key returnee is point guard Alexa Bailey (8.1 points), a Butler signee.
14. Fremd, Palatine, Ill. (27-4)
Haley Gorecki (22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists ), a 6-foot guard who has signed with Duke, is joined by Bryana Hopkins (10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists) , a 6-2 junior forward, 5-3 junior guard Brianna Lewis (9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) and sophomore center Grace Tworek from last year’s team. The Vikings have plenty of young talent as well as its freshmen and sophomore teams went a combined 44-3.
15. Long Beach Poly, Long Beach, Calif. (29-3)
Pitt signee Tania Lamb, a 5-7 senior guard, is the only returning starter for the defending state Open Division champion, but the Jackrabbits have plenty of talent returning. Sophomore point guard Danae Miller combines with Lamb to give the team a solid backcourt. Cal State Northridge commit Eliza Matthews, a 6-2 junior forward, is another big returnee. A key will be how quickly talented freshmen Taylor Lloyd, Kennedi Shorts. and Erika Frazier develop.
16. Riverdale Baptist, Upper Marlboro, Md. (28-3)
The Crusaders have only one returning starter, Lena Niang, but have plenty of talent. Niang (15 points, 10 rebounds) is a 6-2 guard who can play the point and has signed with North Carolina State. Senior 6-4 center Zion Campbell (10 points, 12 rebounds), who transferred from Hilton Head, S.C., signed with Mississippi State, senior power forward Passion Scott is an inside-outside threat and highly touted point guard Honesty Grayson is expected to be the first freshman to start for Riverdale Baptist and saw plenty of playing time as an eighth grader last year at Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.).
17. Cedar Ridge, Round Rock, Texas (30-4)
The Raiders are already off to a 7-0 start behind the strong play of American Family Insurance ALL-USA preseason player Lashann Higgs (22.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 4.9 steals), a 5-9 guard who has signed with Texas. Another key player is senior combo guard Kryshona Carter, who missed most of last season with an ankle injury.
18. Whitney Young, Chicago (32-3)
Junior 5-8 point guard Kiara Lewis (12.1 points, 7.5 assists) is the top returnee for the 4A state champion Dolphins. Other big names back include Ole Miss signee Madinah Muhammad, Illinois State signee Katrina Beck, a 5-7 guard, and DePaul signee Tanita Allen, a 5-11 small forward.
19. Regis Jesuit, Aurora, Colo. (26-2)
The Raiders had six seniors who signed Division I scholarships and return only one starter, Jessica Lewis, a point guard who has accepted an appointment to West Point. That means 6-1 juniors TaeKenya Cleveland and Ezekia Renee’ Johnson will need to step up if Regis is to win its third consecutive state title. Freshman Noelle Cahill, a 6-3 center, will also likely play a big role.
20. Elizabethtown, Ky. (32-5)
The Panthers were the state runner-ups and have four returning players who are headed to Division I schools: guard Darien Huff (11.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 steals), a College of Charleston signee; Reauna Cleaver (11.8 points, 7.4 rebounds), a 6-1 forward headed to Louisiana Tech; Southern Illinois signee Livie Bowling (5.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists), a senior guard; and junior Erin Boley, a 6-2 forward (20.3 points and 9.4 rebounds), who has committed to Notre Dame and was the state player of the year.
21. Eastview, Apple Valley, Minn. (31-1)
The Lightning return senior guard Madison Guebert (22 points), who scored 29 points in the team’s 4A state championship win and is headed to South Dakota State. Eastview’s other two top returnees are senior 5-10 forward Hana Metoxen (8.4 points, 5.4), who is headed to Augustana and junior point guard Erika Schlosser (5.6 points, 2.7 assists).
22. Miami (Fla.) Country Day (26-3)
The Spartans return four starters from a state 3A championship team. Sophomore 5-8 guard Channise Lewis is getting looks from major colleges. Stony Brook signee Ogechi Anyagaligbo (11 points, 9.6n rebounds) is an all-state 6-foot forward and Cal State Fullerton signee Michelle Berry, a 6-1 forward, is another key player. Besides Lewis, the Spartans can count on guards Stephanie Mackenzie, eighth-grader Maria Alvarea and sophomore Kelsey Marshall, who transferred from Sagemont (Weston).
23. Ridgeway, Memphis (28-4)
The Roadrunners finished as the state runner-up to Super 25 champion Blackman (Murfreesboro) and return elite junior point guard Brandi Beasley, as well as 6-2 senior center Eryn Foster, junior guard Tieraney Paylor, and senior Alexus Bryson. Freshman 6-4 center Elizabeth Dixon is already drawing attention from major colleges.
24. Salmen, Slidell, La. (33-1)
The Spartans have won back-to-back 4A state titles and return Baylor signee Kalani Brown (21 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks), a 6-6 center and American Family Insurance ALL-USA preseason team player, along with 5-6 guard Tiara Warren, sophomore 5-1 guard Amira Bickham, 5-7 junior guard Myreonte Cooper, 5-7 sophomore guard Kiara Farve, 5-7 junior guard Darnelle Webb, 5-11 junior power forward Kayla Sibley and 5-9 forward Shelanita Starks.
25. Dunbar, Fort Myers, Fla. (29-2)
The 4A state runner-up returns most of its talent, led by Southern Miss signee Keri Jewett (15.4 points), a 5-6 point guard and Kiara Desamours (14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds), a 5-9 wing who has signed with Lamar. Junior 6-foot wing Respect Leaphart (9.6 points) has committed to South Florida and sophomore point guard Dekeriya Patterson (11.8 points) is drawing major offers.