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Pen­nridge

Coach: Lind­sey Ten­nett (first year) Last year’s record: 5-17 over­all (3-11 in Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

No­table losses: Jen Coo­ley, Alyssa Marchun­sky, Nici Bonacci

Key re­turnees: Ju­niors – Jor­dan Rim­mer (guard), Jess Ten­nett (wing), Alex Vil­lella (guard); Sopho­more – Kaeli White (guard)

Oth­ers to watch: Sopho­mores – Shelby Schoonover (guard), Devon Rim­mer (guard), Ly­dia Kon­stanzer (wing), Marie O’Neill (for­ward)

Strengths: The Rams feel ex­cited about the fu­ture. Un­der first-year coach Ten­nett, a former Pen­nridge star, th­ese girls are quick and tal­ented. This looks to be start of suc­cess­ful years to come.

Ques­tion marks: The Rams’ ros­ter does con­sist of a lot of in­ex­pe­ri­ence and they will need to learn to­gether and stay to­gether through the tough times this sea­son.

Out­look: Ten­nett is preach­ing de­fense, de­fense and de­fense. The Rams hope their ag­gres­sive style and quick first step with help tran­si­tion into fast points and more wins than a sea­son ago.

Soud­er­ton

Coach: Lynn Car­roll (ninth year) Last year’s record: 11-11 over­all (7-7 in the Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

No­table losses: Car­ley Ken­dall, Liz Mower, Gabby McAn­drews

Key re­turnees: Se­nior – Libby Wet­zler (for­ward); Ju­niors – Bianca Pi­card (guard), Katie O’Connor (guard), Al­li­son Gal­lagher (guard); Sopho­more – Sarah Der­stein (for­ward)

Oth­ers to watch: Se­nior – Court­ney Day (wing)

Strengths: The In­di­ans’ start­ing five all have ex­tended play­ing time at the var­sity level. Their bal­ance on of­fense, mixed with in­tel­li­gence and ath­leti­cism should be a suc­cess­ful com­bi­na­tion. The girls have been to­gether for years and the chem­istry is a def­i­nite strength.

Ques­tion marks: The loss of Ken­dall to grad­u­a­tion and Hai­ley Kaun­der to a sea­son-long in­jury ex­poses their lack of depth and ex­pe­ri­ence, specif­i­cally at the post po­si­tion. The bench will need to ma­ture quickly and ev­ery­one will need to give a max­i­mum ef­fort on the boards.

Out­look: Car­roll be­lieves her team has a ton of po­ten­tial, but must con­sis­tently play at a high level to com­pete in a chal­leng­ing league. The In­di­ans hope to earn a good seed in the District One play­offs.

North Penn

Coach: Mag­gie deMarteleire (sixth year)

Last year’s record: 21-7 over­all (11-3 in Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

No­table losses: Steph Knauer, Brenda Knauer

Key re­turnees: Se­nior – Lau­ren Crisler (guard/for­ward); Ju­niors – Erin Ma­her (wing), Vicky Tu­masz (guard)

Oth­ers to watch: Se­nior – Te­hya Daneker (for­ward); Sopho­mores – Leiana Dean (guard), Jackie Bilotti (guard); Fresh­man – Mikaela Gi­u­liani (cen­ter)

Strengths: The Maidens are en­cour­aged by their depth, team speed and ver­sa­til­ity. They are very coach­able and open to do­ing what­ever it takes to help the team win.

Ques­tion marks: In or­der for the Maidens to make an­other deep post­sea­son run this year they will need to con­cen­trate on re­bound­ing and lim­it­ing sec­ond chance op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Out­look: The Maidens feel if they play ag­gres­sive de­fense and at­tack the bas­ket on of­fense they will have a suc­cess­ful sea­son.

Lans­dale Catholic

Coach: Heather Weins­dor­fer (third year) Last year’s record: 14-9 over­all No­table losses: Jackie McCar­ron Key re­turnees: Se­nior – Mary Kate Brokans (guard)

Oth­ers to watch: Sopho­mores – Shalina Miller (cen­ter), Erin Brokan (guard), Sammi Winslow (guard), Amanda Bradley (guard), Rachel Hart (for­ward); Fresh­men – Kim Talley (for­ward), Claire Hill (guard), Abby Ward (for­ward)

Strengths: While oth­ers may see youth as a ques­tion marks, the Cru­saders feel the sopho­more class is a strength of this unit. They are wise be­yond their years and very hard work­ing.

Ques­tion marks: The Cru­saders will be play­ing dif­fer­ent roles than they have in the past on this team or oth­ers and will need to im­prove the team chem­istry as the sea­son pro­gresses.

Out­look: The Cru­saders will call this sea­son a success if they can fin­ish with a win­ning record play­ing the dif­fi­cult sched­ule of a Philadel­phia Catholic League team.

Christo­pher Dock

Coach: Tim Ehst (15th year) Last year’s record: 22-6 over­all (14-3 in BAL) (District One Class AA Champs)

No­table losses: Olivia Brad­ford, Laura Swin­tosky

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