If the preseason poll is any indication, girls basketball should be quite entertaining for the 2018-19 season.
Mercy, the Class LL champion from last season, had 11 first-place votes, but SCC foe East Haven placed second, just one point behind, with no first place votes. Yet five teams received No. 1 votes from our 18 voters.
Each of those receiving first-place votes will compete in Class LL this season.
New London, last year’s Class LL top seed, who was upset by Enfield in the state quarterfinals, for its only loss.
Trumbull, which lost just twice last season, including to Mercy in the Class LL semifinals.
Hamden, which has the duo of M and Taniyah Thompson, received three first-place votes.
Farmington, a Class L finalist last season, also received a first-place vote.
The 2018-19 Preseason Girls Basketball Top 10
|1. MERCY (11)||27-1||459||1||LL|
|2. EAST HAVEN||25-3||458||3||L|
|3. NEW LONDON (1)||25-1||420||5||LL|
|4. TRUMBULL (2)||25-2||400||7||LL|
|5. HAMDEN (3)||18-6||289||NR||LL|
|9. FARMINGTON (1)||21-5||202||8||L|
|Dropped out: Enfield|
|First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis. Records for 2017-18.|
|Others receiving votes: Norwalk 171; Stamford 133; Career 103; ND- Fairfield 102; Simsbury 99; Enfield 84; Cromwell 66; Newtown 43; St Paul 42; Trinity 39; SMSA 36; Wethersfield 34; Bacon 32; Southington 29; Capital Prep 23; Berlin 18; Bethel 18; Warde 18; NFA 16; Ridgefield 14; EO Smith 11; Staples 11; Amity 10; Windsor 9; Rocky Hill 8; Weston 8; East Lyme 8; Ludlowe 8; Canton 7; Sacred Heart 7; Waterford 7|
|The following voted: Ryan Lacey, Danbury News-Times; Lori Riley, Hartford Courant; Erik Dobratz, WTNH/Sportzedge.com; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Noah Finz, Frontier Cable/Vantage Sports Network; Mike Madera, Walter Camp Foundation/New Haven Register; ; Pete Paguaga, GametimeCT; Dave Phillips, Shoreline Newspapers; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Tim Jensen, Patch; Dave Danko, Fairfield Warde, Scotty Nails, RCDS; Brian Medeiros, Canton; Kevin Roberts, Southington Observer; Adam Betz, Journal Inquirer; Rich Zalusky, The Chronicle; Eric DeMarco ND-Fairfield|