Girls Hoops Previews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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