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Two eighth grade girls basketball players nationally recognized

Kate Rubel (Cape Girardeau) was ranked as the No. 32 player in Top Girls Basketball's Class of 2026 Preseason Top 100 Girls National Rankings. Photo by Nick McNeal

Last week, Top Spot Basketball officially released its Class of 2026 Preseason Top 100 Girls National Rankings, which featured two players from Southeast Missouri.

The first player from the area ranked was Kate Rubel of Cape Girardeau, who was selected as the 32nd best player in her entire class. Rubel plays for Immaculate Conception in Jackson. Only two more players from Missouri were ranked higher than Kate (No. 21 Ava Miles and No. 24 Addison Bjorn, both of Kansas City).

The final Southeast Missouri hooper to be in the top 100 was Nevaeh Lucious of Jackson at No. 86. Lucious goes to Jackson Junior High.

Both Rubel and Lucious are teammates on area AAU team SEMO Sizzle. Sizzle went 30-1 overall this summer and finished as one of the top 25 ranked teams in the nation by GURLS Ball.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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