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West Hancock girls still at No. 2 in basketball rankings

West Hancock girls still at No. 2 in basketball rankings

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The newest Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) girls basketball rankings are out, and several area schools are ranked pretty high in the polls. The lower classes are where North Iowa shines, with four schools appearing in the Class 1A and Class 2A polls. 

These will change on Thursday, but here is where everything stands right now. The boys rankings will run later this week. Area teams are in bold. 

Class 1A

1. Montezuma (10-0)

2. Newell-Fonda (11-0)

3. Marquette Catholic (10-1)

4. North Mahaska (7-2)

5. Bishop Garrigan (11-1): The Golden Bears suffered their first loss of the season on Friday, in a thrilling 56-55 loss to West Hancock. They might drop a spot or two this week, but Audi Crooks and Molly Joyce are still leading this team to a deep postseason run.

6. MMCRU (10-0)

7. St. Ansgar (10-1): At 10-1, the Saints are one of North Iowa’s most dominant defensive teams. Before Friday’s game 51-32 win over Newman Catholic, the Saints had not allowed more than 30 points in three games. Something has clicked, and with a Jan. 21 showdown with Osage looming, expect this team to be ready. 

8. East Buchanan (8-2)

9. Clarksville (8-1)

10. Burlington Notre Dome (10-0)

11. Kingsley-Pierson (10-1)

12. Exira-EHK (10-1)

13. Central Decatur (7-1)

14. Council Bluffs St. Albert (8-3)

15. Springville (9-1)

Class 2A

1. Cascade (10-0)

2. West Hancock (13-0): With a perfect 13-0 record, the Eagles are a team to be feared. The Eagles stayed perfect with a one-point victory over Bishop Garrigan last week. The recent injury to Madison Eisenmann will hurt, but West Hancock has depth. With Rachel Leerar averaging 20.9 points per game, this team is never out of it.

3. North Linn (9-1)

4. Osage (8-1): The Green Devils rose one spot in the rankings this week, and will probably stay there after back-to-back dominant wins over Rockford and Northwood-Kensett. The tough competition is coming soon, and then we will know exactly where this team stacks up. The game against St. Ansgar will be a fun one.

5. MFL-Mar-Mac (11-2)

6. West Branch (9-2)

7. Van Buren County (9-2)

8. Western Christian (7-4)

9. Maquoketa Valley (10-1)

10. Hudson (10-1)

11. ASHTW (9-1)

12. Mediapolis (11-1)

13. Mount Ayr (7-2)

14. Emmetsburg (6-3)

15. IKM-Manning (7-2)

Class 3A

1. Bishop Heelan (5-3)

2. Crestwood (11-2)

3. Dike-New Hartford (8-1)

4. North Polk (7-3)

5. Clear Lake (9-1): The Lions fell three spots after a loss to Waverly-Shell Rock last week, where Clear Lake scored only 12 points in the second half. The loss was to a ranked 4A team, so there is no need to panic yet. With subsequent wins over Forest City and Humboldt, the Lions seem to be bouncing back.

6. Red Oak (9-2)

7. Roland-Story (9-1)

8. Okoboji (12-1)

9. Des Moines Christian (10-1)

10. Davenport Assumption (6-3)

11. West Burlington (9-2)

12. Hampton-Dumont-CAL (10-0): The undefeated Bulldogs have a big game this Friday against Clear Lake. Big-time teams show up in big-time games. This is a big-time game.

13. Cherokee (9-4)

14. Estherville-Lincoln Central (9-2)

15. West Liberty (9-2)

Class 4A

1. North Scott (10-0)

2. Marion (8-0)

3. Center Point-Urbana (9-0)

4. Glenwood (11-0)

5. Gilbert (9-2)

6. Ballard (9-1)

7. Lewis Central (6-4)

8. Cedar Rapids Xavier (6-3)

9. Waverly-Shell Rock (9-2)

10. Central Dewitt (9-1)

11. Mason City (6-5): The Mohawks fell two spots in the rankings after losing their fourth straight game, this one a 76-52 loss to Johnston, the No. 3 ranked team in Class 5A. All four losses were to top-10 ranked 5A teams, so the streak isn't the end of the world. Still, some wins would be nice. With games this week against Marshalltown and Valley, the Mohawks should be able to bounce back. 

12. Maquoketa (8-2)

13. Carroll (7-2)

14. Bondurant-Farrar (6-2)

15. Grinnell (6-3)

Four North Iowa boys teams ranked in AP Top 10 

The newest Associated Press boys basketball rankings were released on Monday night, and there were some changes at the top. In class 1A, Montezuma took over the top spot, while West Sioux did the same in Class 2A. For local teams, things didn't change a whole lot.

Both Algona teams are still ranked in the top five in their respective classes, though Bishop Garrigan dropped three spots. In Class 1A, three area schools made the cut.

As usual, these rankings are how things stand right now, but things change quickly in high school basketball. As conference play hits its peak, some big dominoes are going to fall.

Area teams are in bold.

Class 4A

1. Waukee (7-0)

2. Waterloo West (7-1)

3. Iowa City West (6-1)

4. Cedar Falls (6-1)

5. Ankeny Centennial (8-1)

6. Dubuque Hempstead

7. Sioux City East ( 7-1)

8. West Des Moines Dowling (8-1)

9. North Scott (9-1)

10. Dubuque (5-1)

Class 3A

1. Carroll (6-0)

2. Mount Vernon (8-0)

3. Algona (8-0): With Wyatt Wegener and Collin Bleich leading the team in scoring, the Bulldogs have become a team to watch in the state of Iowa. With a big test game against Clear Lake on Tuesday night, Algona's path to the postseason will start to become clearer pretty soon.

4. Winterset (6-1_

5. Dallas Center-Grimes (7-1)

6. Davenport Assumption (7-2)

7. MOC-Floyd Valley (10-1)

8. Norwalk (5-2)

9. Harlan (7-1)

10. Marion (7-1)

Class 2A

1. West Sioux (11-0)

2. Camanche (7-0)

3. Treynor (9-1)

4. North Linn (8-0)

5. Dyersville Beckman (8-1)

6. Dike- New Hartford (9-0)

7. Iowa City Regina (7-1)

8. Boyden-Hull (8-1)

9. Van Meter (7-0)

10. Mount Ayr (7-1)

Class 1A

1. Montezuma (7-0)

2. Remsen St. Mary's (9-1)

3. Easton Valley (9-0)

4. Bishop Garrigan (10-1): When Angelo Winkel is on the floor, your team has a pretty good chance. So far this season, the Golden Bears' 6-foot- 9 inch junior is leading the team in points, points per game, rebounds, and blocks. John Joyce and Cade Winkel are a great supporting cast for Angelo, and with a pretty friendly schedule coming up the Golden Bears are in a great position for a return trip to the state tournament.

5. WACO (10-0)

6. West Fork (10-1): As I wrote about last week, the most surprising thing about this team is its inexperience. Aside from Kayden Ames, Brayden Vold, and Ian Latham, every player on the Warhawks roster is new to varsity this season. I am interested to see how this team fares over the next couple of weeks, especially with big games against St. Ansgar and Osage looming on the schedule.

7. Lake Mills (9-1): Dashawn Linnen and Chett Helming have paced this team with 19.9 and 18.2 points per game, respectively. Helming is also the team's leading rebounder, with 61 on the season.

The Bulldogs surely wants to stockpile some wins against West Hancock and Belmond-Klemme, as Bishop Garrigan and the always-tough Osage await them next week. It's prove-it time.

8. Siouxland Christian (10-0)

9. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (8-0)

10. South O'Brien (8-2)

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