The two best teams in Class 4A last year were state champion Linn-Mar and runner-up Des Moines East.
It may be tougher this season for each team to return to the Well and play again in the finals, but each team is off to quick starts as the girls season continued Tuesday night around Iowa.
Here is a rundown of Class 4A games, including wins by Linn-Mar and Des Moines East.
Linn-Mar 60, Iowa City High 48
In a battle of two of the best teams in the state and two of the best post players in the state, the defending Class 4A champions got a big win to remain the team to beat in the Mississippi Valley Conference on Tuesday.
Connecticut recruit Kiah Stokes outshined future Iowa Hawkeye Virginia Johnson head-to-bead, and No. 4 Linn-Mar blasted No. 3 Iowa City High in a battle of top-five teams.
Stokes finished with 29 points, 19 rebounds, four blocks and three steals one game after scoring 30 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in a season-opening win over Muscatine. Jenna Eells added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Lions, who also got 11 points and five steals from Mykaela Brandt.
Johnson scored 23 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the Lady Hawks (2-1), but her foul trouble in the second quarter allowed Linn-Mar to take control of the game. With Iowa City High leading 23-20, Johnson was forced to the bench with her second foul. During that time, Linn-Mar went on an 11-4 run to take the lead and never looked back.
Linn-Mar only turned it over eight times to Iowa City High's 18.
Des Moines East 56, Southeast Polk 45
Markisha Wright recorded her third straight double-double of the season as the top-ranked Scarlets improved to 3-0 on the season.
Wright scored 23 points and had 14 rebounds in the win, while Nijay Gaines scored 11 and Shronda Butts added nine for East.
Wright will play collegiately at Notre Dame, Gaines will attend Northern Iowa and Butts will play at Bradley.
Whitney Van Wyk and Caitlin Ingle each scored 13 points for Southeast Polk in a losing effort.
Ankeny 50, Fort Dodge 22
The Hawks improved to 3-0 on the season Tuesday with an easy win over Fort Dodge as Krista Petterpier led all scorers with 12 points. Ankeny outscored Fort Dodge 16-7 in the second and 20-6 in the fourth to grab the easy win.
Mackenzie Alstott led Fort Dodge with seven points, while Rachel Evans added six steals. Fort Dodge scored single digit points in all four quarters and had no points in the third frame.
West Des Moines Valley 52, Johnston 32
Elly Hansen hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points to lead the Tigers over the Dragons. Maggie McClelland also had 10 points and nine rebounds for Valley as the Tigers extended their lead in every quarter.
Emily Parker led Johnston with a game-high 16 points.
Dowling Catholic 69, Des Moines Roosevelt 32
Maddie Bosworth had 20 points, while Lizzie Stachon added 16 points as Dowling outscored Roosevelt 20-6 in the first and 18-6 in the second to grab an early advantage they would not lose.
Indianola 47, Marshalltown 43
Ally Orwig scored 15 points and made 9-of-10 free throws, while Rachel Kaale added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Indians, who gained control of the game with a strong fourth quarter.
Indianola outscored Marshalltown 25-17 in the final frame.