Defending state champion QND opens as No. 1 team in Class 2A, Unity starts No. 3 in Class 1A


The Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team opens the 2022-23 season ranked No. 1 in the initial Class 2A state poll. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The initial Associated Press state basketball rankings set up an intriguing showdown in just two days.

The Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team — the defending Class 2A state champion — opens the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the state. The Raiders are 5-0 going into Thursday’s game at West Hancock and received all of the first-place votes from a statewide panel.

In Class 1A, Unity is off to a 7-0 start and is ranked third out of the gate. The Mustangs reached the sectional championship game last season, losing to eventual state champion Brimfield, and they return a stacked lineup led by Quincy University signee Ashlynn Arnsman.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Raiders and the Mustangs go head-to-head at The Pit.

Here is a look at the entire state poll:

Class 4A

1. Benet (4)5-140
2. Hersey6-132
3. Loyola4-131
4. Fremd6-030
5. Stevenson4-120
6. O’Fallon4-116
(tie) Bolingbrook6-016
8. Kenwood6-012
9. Geneva3-18
10. Lyons5-17

Others receiving votes: Barrington 4. Normal Community 2. Hononegah 1. Whitney Young 1.

Class 3A

1. Nazareth (4)5-040
2. Carmel5-136
3. Peoria Central6-031
4. Montini5-129
5. Washington5-021
6. Geneseo5-019
7. Deerfield6-018
8. Lincoln6-010
9. Peoria Notre Dame7-09
10. Oak Forest3-22
(tie) Chicago Heights Marian Catholic5-02
(tie) Rockford Boylan4-12

Others receiving votes: Rochester 1.

Class 2A

1. Quincy Notre Dame (4)5-040
2. Fieldcrest7-035
3. Chicago (Noble Street Butler)0-233
4. Stillman Valley7-026
5. Teutopolis3-121
6. Princeton5-015
(tie) Byron5-015
8. Paris5-010
9. Pana7-18
10. Canton6-35

Others receiving votes: Winnebago 4. Althoff Catholic 3. Peotone 2. Knoxville 1. Sherrard 1. Eureka 1.

Class 1A

1. Galena (3)5-039
2. Okawville (1)5-037
3. Mendon Unity7-029
4. Neoga5-027
4. Havana6-027
6. Tuscola8-017
7. Effingham St. Anthony7-012
8. Orangeville5-19
9. Brimfield6-27
(tie) Christopher5-07

Others receiving votes: Waterloo Gibault 5. Altamont 2. Carrollton 1. Tri-County 1.

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