Iowa Girls High School Basketball Rankings: Winter Break Gifts the Top Teams and Leaves Stocking Stuffers

Prep Basketball- Another Thursday brings us another Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union rankings for the basketball season. Overall, the top teams remain atop the rankings, but we did see some movement within the Top 15 for all of the classes.

Algona Bishop Garrigan is 9-1 on the season and still rank number one, followed by Newell-Fonda, and North Linn. Council Bluffs St. Albert experience a three-spot jump from 10th to 7th. Despite no teams falling out of the top 15, Stanton and Martensdale-St. Marys fell from 7th and 8th to 14th and 15th, respectively. Burlington Notre Dame and Winfield-Mt. Union are still undefeated and continue climbing the rankings as the Nikes are now top 10 at the 10th spot followed by the Wolves at 11th.

Class 2A’s top 10 experienced no change with Dike-New Hartford in 1st. The biggest change came with South Hamilton’s jump from 15th to 11th after defeating West Marshall, a top 5 team in Class 3A, on Tuesday 48-47. Aplington-Parkerburg and Panorama were the only teams to fall as they went from 11th and 12th to 14th and 15th, respectively. West Burlington comes in ranked 12th and Mediapolis is 13th. No teams fell out of the top 15.

Class 3A had previously mentioned West Marshall fall from 2nd to 5th due to their loss to South Hamilton. Benton Community replaced West Marshall for 2nd. Estherville-Lincoln Central is still the boss of Class 3A. Osage fell from 5th to 9th; Des Moines Christian jumped four spots from 12th to 8th. Monticello and Harlan replaced West Liberty and West Lyon for the last two spots of the top 15.

Cedar Rapids Xavier, Dallas Center-Grimes, and Ballard are the new top three for Class 4A as North Polk fell from 3rd to 5th after a three-point loss to Cedar Rapids Kennedy 51-48. Indianola jumped Clear Creek-Amana (8th) and Carlisle (9th) to be ranked 7th. Lewis Central was ranked 10th last week but got dropped from the top 15 with Glenwood jumping into the rankings at 14th.

Class 5A had the top three teams remain the same with Waterloo West keeping the top spot. Southeast Polk and West Des Moines Valley switched spots from last week with West Des Moines Valley now on top in 4th. Iowa City West experienced the biggest fall in the rankings dropping five spots from 6th to 11th after losing two games last weekend to Linn-Mar and Bishop Heelan. With that win, Linn-Mar took over the 15th spot after previously being unranked. Waukee was the only team to fall out of the top 15 after losing to Ankeny Centennial–ranked 6th in Class 5A–and 2nd ranked Johnston.