The Inquirer TOP 10
PRESEASON GIRLS' BASKETBALL
With last season's record, and final ranking in parentheses.
1. Archbishop Wood (1) 27-4
The Vikings won their second straight PIAA Class AAA championship last season. Led by four key returning players, they should be in the mix again.
2. Archbishop Carroll (3) 23-8
Coach Chuck Creighton returns four top players from last season's team, which made it to the state Class AAAA final before bowing to Mount Lebanon.
3. Germantown Academy (2) 24-5
Germantown Academy's 13-year streak as the Inter-Academic League champion might be in jeopardy, but the Patriots will have some say in it first.
4. Prep Charter (4) 24-3
With 17-points-per-game scorer Kahleah Copper leading the way, Prep Charter appears to have a good shot at defending its Public League Class AAA championship and the overall Public League crown.
5. Cardinal O'Hara (7) 21-6
With the return of three projected starters who stand at least 6 feet, the Lions should be in a good position to challenge for the Catholic League championship.
6. Council Rock South (NR) 19-8
The Golden Hawks hope to improve on last year's showing with 6-foot-3 Alex Wheatley (20 points, 15 rebounds a game) and Alexis Hofstaedter pointing the way.
7. Council Rock North (NR) 26-3
North will be be led by former assistant Liz Potash while coach Lou Palkovics is on leave. Tradition says the Indians will still be in the thick of things.
8. Mount St. Joseph (9) 28-4
Mary Jo Horgan, The Inquirer player of the year, graduated, but you can never count out a team coached by veteran John Miller.
9. Cheltenham (10) 24-5
The Panthers have won 23 of the last 25 Suburban One League American Conference championships. With St. Joseph's-bound Ciara Andrews, they are the team to beat again.
10. Abington (NR) 14-9
The Ghosts could be the sleeper team in the Suburban One League National Conference. They are young but have talent.
Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Central (17-9), Central Bucks East (21-7), Downingtown East (25-6), Downingtown West (19-10), Freire Charter (16-9), Notre Dame (18-10), Upper Dublin (22-6), Villa Maria (22-7).
- Don Beideman