Gaffney emerged as the state's top-ranked Class AAAA boys basketball team at the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Preseason Banquet at Seawell's Banquet Center on Wednesday.
The Indians, the defending state champions, were ranked ahead of Lexington, last season's runner-up. Gaffney defeated the Wildcats 71-57 in the title game in March.
But all hope is not lost for the local Class AAAA boys. Lancaster is No. 5 in the poll and coach Ricardo Priester's squad will face the Indians twice this season - home and away - in Region 3-AAAA games.
The highest-ranked local boys team is in Class AAA, where Fort Mill got the No. 3 spot behind Daniel and Darlington. Fort Mill won the Class AAAA state championship in 2007 but was moved down a classification this year.
Great Falls, which fell 66-58 to Hemingway in last year's Class A state championship game, is No. 5.
The highest-ranked team overall is Chester's girls in Class AAA. The Lady Cyclones, picked No. 2, have one of the state's preseason top-five players in their classification, Olivia Gaines.
Two boys made the top-five list in their classifications: York's Jerry Holmes was chosen in Class AAA; Lewisville's Cortell Busby, who will sign with S.C. State today, was chosen in Class A.
Damien Leonard (J.L. Mann), Shaq Roland (Lexington), Kameron Dunnican (Sumter), Fred Mattison (Westside) and Brice Johnson (Edisto) were named the Elite 5 senior boys players in the state.
Xylina McDaniel and Asia Dozier (Spring Valley), Khadijah Sessions (Myrtle Beach), Aleighsa Welch (Goose Creek) and Alaina Coates (Dutch Fork) were named the Elite 5 senior girls players in the state.
Kevin Melton of the Spartanburg Herald Journal contributed.