USA TODAY Sports is releasing its preseason Super 25 girls basketball rankings in two parts. Tuesday’s teams are No. 11 through No. 25, and Wednesday we will reveal Nos. 6-10 in one batch and then individual pieces on Nos. 1-5.
6. Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
2014-15 record: 27-4
The Eagles won the CIF Southern Section Open Division tile and return American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Team member Leaonna Odom (17.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg), a 6-2 forward who has signed with Duke, and Southern California signee Valerie Higgins, a 6-foot senior point guard (14.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg). Point guard Alyssa Fisher, a transfer from Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills), will contribute right away and junior wings Isabel Newman (6.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg) and Melissa Wright (8.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and sophomore forward Jasmine Moore provide plenty of depth.
7. Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)
2014-15 record: 30-0
The Saints are the defending Super 25 champions and are again led by American Family Insurance ALL-USA Coach of the Year Andrea Peterson. After winning the AA state title, the Saints rebuild with two returning senior guards in Alisha Kebbe (10.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), a Syracuse signee, and James Madison signee Kamiah Smalls (7.0 ppg, 6.0 apg) and a mix of promising newcomers. That group is led by by Granby (Norfolk, Va.) transfer Chyna Nixon (16.0 ppg, 14.0 rpg) and Haddon Township (Westmont, N.J.) transfer Morgan Lenahan (15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg), who signed with Wagner.
8. Paul VI, Fairfax, Va.
2014-15 record: 32-2
The Panthers won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and state independent schools title, but have to replace key players lost to graduation. One of the top returnees is senior point guard Jasmine Whitney, a Pitt signee who averaged 13.5 points last season. The Panthers have plenty of experience in the backcourt with senior Raven James (7.5 ppg) and sophomore Kate Klimkiewicz (6.5 ppg) returning. A key newcomer is 6-3 Amira Collins, a transfer from St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) who was a second-team ALL-USA player for the District of Columbia last season as a freshman and Mountain View (Stafford) transfer Rochelle Norris, a 6-4 sophomore center who was invited to the Team USA U16 Trials.
9. Lakota West, West Chester, Ohio
2014-15 record: 28-2
The defending state Division I champions return three returning senior starters: the backcourt is led by West Virginia signee Nia Staples (10 ppg, 2.3 rpg.); senior wing Lexi Wasan, who has signed with Shawnee State; and point guard Danielle Wells, who signed with Indiana University East. Abby Prohaska, a sophomore wing, is another key player.
10. Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
2014-15 record: 32-1
The two-time defending AAAA state champion Eagles return three key players led by senior guard Kelly Jekot (18.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg), a Villanova signee and state player of the year. Her sister, junior guard Katie Jekot (12.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg), has committed to St. Joseph’s also returns along with Niagara signee Morgan Baughman, a senior guard who was the first player off the bench last season.