Girls Power 10: Check out the best basketball teams in the state ahead of the season

The preseason AL.com Power 10 women’s basketball poll ranks the top teams in the state, regardless of seeding.

The high school basketball season officially begins Thursday for AHSAA teams and the season will conclude with the state finals in Birmingham from February 27 to March 4.

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Check out the top 10 women’s teams below.

Hannah Jones of Prattville Christian attempts to pass Cali Smallwood of Susan Moore during the AHSAA Class 3A Women’s Championship at BJCC’s Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, March 4, 2022. (Dennis Victory | [email protected])

10. PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN

To classify: 4A

Summary of last season: 36-1

Opener: November 8 vs. Trinity

The lean: The Panthers have won the last two Class 3A titles, but are moving to Class 4A this season, playing in Zone 5 with BTW-Magnet, Dallas County and Wilcox Central. They will cross Zone 6 competitors Bibb County, Holt, Montevallo and West Blockton to reach Regional.

Four starters return for Prattville Christian, including a strong inside presence with 6-2 senior Hannah Jones, a volleyball commitment from Memphis, who averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds, as well as 5-11 senior CoCo Thomas (11 points, 12 rebounds per game) . The returning guards are junior Avery Rogers and eighth Kayden Carr.

AHSAA Basketball Championship

Deshler’s Chloe Siegel shoots a 3-pointer against Katie Brightwell of St. James during the AHSAA Class 4A Women’s Championship at BJCC’s Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, March 4, 2022. (Dennis Victory | [email protected])

9. DESHLER

To classify: 4A

Summary of last season: 34-1

Opener: Nov. 12 vs. Cullman at Fairview

The lean: Deshler finished last season on an 18-game winning streak, winning his eighth title in school history – seven under Jana Killen – and the first since 2016. The Tigers will face Class 4A, Zone 16 teams Central-Florence, Rogers and Wilson, and cross with Area 15 teams Randolph, St. John Paul II, West Limestone and Westminster Christian to reach Regional.

Hot and senior shooting guard Chloe Siegel — she set the national record with 18 3-pointers in a game last season — leads the Tigers while junior Raegan Rickard manages point guard and eighth-year Reece Davis , is also a shooter. Malea Graves, Haley Goodloe and Cooper Thompson will star.

2022 HS Basketball Regional Playoffs – Mortimer Jordan vs. Athens

Mortimer Jordan’s Jaylen Pleasant works the ball around the perimeter during AHSAA Class 6A Northwest Regional action at Wallace State in Hanceville on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Vasha Hunt | preps.al.com)hunt vasha

8. MORTIMER JORDAN

To classify: 6A

Summary of last season: 27-6

Opener: Nov. 3 vs. Oak Mountain

The lean: The Blue Devils lost in the regional final to Class 6A state champion Hazel Green last season. They compete in Zone 12 this season which also includes Clay-Chalkville and Pinson Valley. The sub-regional pairing will be against Area 14 of Cullman, Decatur and Hartselle.

Mortimer Jordan fires senior Jaylen Pleasant, who is expected to break 1,000 career points this season, and fifth-year starter Sarah Kanaday (1,339 career points). Senior Haley Russell and junior Keyarra Scottland will also be essential.

2022 HS Basketball Regional Playoffs - Bob Jones vs. Oak Mountain

Janiyah Bone of Bob Jones works around Raegan Whitaker of Oak Mountain during AHSAA Class 7A Northwest Regional action at Wallace State in Hanceville on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (Vasha Hunt | preps.al.com)hunt vasha

7. BOB JONES

To classify: 7A

Summary of last season: 27-4

Opener: Nov. 5 vs. New Hope at the Hazel Green Tipoff Tournament

The lean: The Patriots reached the regional championship before falling to eventual state champion Hoover. Zone 8 this season is Austin, Bob Jones, Florence and James Clemens, crossing with Zone 5 which includes Power 10 Hoover and Vestavia Hills in the regional tournament.

Bob Jones is young, but expect juniors Janiyah Bone and Zamyra Goode and rookie Ja’Kyah Smith to lead the pack.

Hewitt Trussville vs Sparkman high school basketball

Hewitt-Trussville’s Jordan Hunter controls the ball against Sparkman during Class AHSAA 7A Northeast Regional action in Jacksonville State on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | [email protected])

6. HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE (25-7)

To classify: 7A

Summary of last season: 25-7

Opener: November 3 v Gadsden City

The lean: The Huskies fell in the Regional Championship to Vestavia Hills, failing to reach the Final 4 after reaching the title game in 2019 and 2021. The zone includes Chelsea, Oak Mountain and Spain Park while the region includes Zone 7 and Power 10 Sparkman.

Junior point guard Jordan Hunter – she is the daughter of head coach Tonya and assistant Cedric – is a commitment from Auburn while senior April Hooks is committed to Alabama State and Audre Benson has offers from Alabama State and Central Arkansas.

AHSAA Basketball Championship

Anna Towry of Vestavia Hills goes to the basket against Hoover during the AHSAA Class 7A Girls Championship at BJCC’s Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, March 4, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | [email protected])

5. THE HILLS OF VESTAVIA

To classify: 7A

Summary of last season: 33-3

Opener: November 3 vs. Pell City

The lean: Vestavia Hills’ only losses last season were to Hoover twice and once to Hewitt-Trussville, but beat the Huskies in three other games. The Rebels are part of Zone 5, just like Hoover, and the region will include Zone 8 with Power 10 Bob Jones.

The Rebels return a good core as they try to follow last season’s second-place finish to Hoover in the Class 7A title game, marking the first Championship appearance since 1997. Senior Anna Towry leads a group that also includes the sophomores Sarah Gordon and Jill Gaylard. .

Hewitt Trussville vs Sparkman high school basketball

Kennedy Langham of Sparkman goes to the basket against D’Yona Jones of Hewitt-Trussville during AHSAA Class 7A Northeast Regional action in Jacksonville State on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | [email protected] )

4. SPARKLING

To classify: 7A

Summary of last season: 26-5

Opener: November 5 against Mortimer Jordan and Central-Phenix City at the Hazel Green Tipoff tournament

The lean: The Senators lost to Hewitt-Trussville in the regional first round last season after winning the region. This season’s Zone 7 includes Albertville, Grissom and Huntsville and runs through Zone 6 which includes Power 10 Hewitt-Trussville in regional action.

Samford’s senior commitment Kennedy Langham leads the Spartans along with juniors Abethany James and Jalei O’Neal while Bob Jones’ senior transfer 6-2 post player Jada Burks will have an impact.

AHSAA Basketball Semi-Final

Auburn’s Syriah Daniels shoots against Jill Gaylard of Vestavia Hills in an AHSAA Class 7A Semi-Final match at BJCC’s Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, March 3, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | [email protected] )

3.AUBURN

To classify: 7A

Summary of last season: 20-8

Opener: Nov. 8 vs. Brewbaker Tech

The lean: Auburn has earned a Final 4 spot in Class 7A each of the past two seasons and three of the past four, so expect a similar result this season. They will face Central-Phenix City, Opelika and Smiths Station in Zone 4 and will cross Zone 2 with Daphne, Fairhope and Foley in the region.

6-foot junior guard Syriah Daniels — daughter of former Auburn Tigers stars Marquis Daniels and Shana Askew — averaged 19 points per game last season and has more than 10 Division 1 offers, including Auburn. Averaging 10 points and 9 rebounds last season, 6-4 rookie Kelsi Andrews already has more than 15 Division 1 offers.

AHSAA Basketball Semi-Final

Hoover’s Reniya Kelly shoots against Davidson’s Lyana Johnson in an AHSAA Class 7A Semi-Final match at BJCC’s Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, March 3, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | [email protected])

2. VACUUM

To classify: 7A

Summary of last season: 34-3

Opener: Nov. 12 vs. Sparkman at the Sweet Homelife Tipoff Challenge at Mortimer Jordan

The lean: The Bucs topped the class last season, winning their fourth Class 7A championship in six years by beating Vestavia Hills 73-64 for the eighth overall title. Wins included Power 10 Vestavia Hills, twice, Hewitt-Trussville and Sparkman.

Hoover is tall, talented and deep. Seniors Reniya Kelly (North Carolina commitment), 6-1 Alanah Pooler, 6-2 Kristen McMillan (Central Arkansas commitment), Layla Etchison and Kennedi McCray combine with junior Kamryn Lee and rookie 6- 3 Khloe Ford to create a formidable formation.

AHSAA Basketball Championship

Leah Brooks of Hazel Green catches the rebound from Kaylen Kenney of Oxford during the AHSAA Class 6A Girls Championship at BJCC’s Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday, March 4, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | [email protected])

1. HAZELNUT GREEN

To classify: 6A

Summary of last season: 35-0

Opener: November 4 against Central-Phenix City at the Hazel Green Tipoff tournament

The lean: Hazel Green has won five straight Class 6A titles and enters the season on a 59-game winning streak, her last loss to Ensworth, Tennessee, in the 2020-21 season. Last season’s wins included Class 7A champion Hoover as well as Power 10 Hewitt-Trussville and Sparkman.

It’s a stellar junior class, led by Alabama commitment Leah Brooks along with Amiya Redus, Sydney Steward and Zyriah Price, which has multiple Division I offers. Senior Nyla Collier is a commitment from Montevallo.

TEAMS TO WATCH (alphabetical)

Arab, Central-Phenix City, Chelsea, Cold Springs, Daphne, Davidson, Decatur Heritage, Foley, Good Hope, Guntersville, Huffman, Jackson, Lauderdale County, Lee-Huntsville, LeFlore, Loachapoka, Marion County, McGill-Toolen, Mid terrain, Mountain Brook, New Hope, Oxford, Pell City, Pisgah, Plainview, Pleasant Grove, Ramsay, Selma, Skyline, Spring Garden, St. James, St. Luke, St. Paul, Susan Moore, Trinity, UMS-Wright.