Key returnees: Senior – Shea Neal (guard); Juniors – Kereece Seuren (guard), Mattasyn Shisler (guard)
Others to watch: Junior – Lauren Anderson (forward); Freshman – Lanae Hunsberger (forward)
Strengths: The Pioneers will rely on their team speed to translate into smothering defense and easy transition baskets.
Question marks: The loss of Bradford (Gwynedd-Mercy College) and Swintosky hurts the Pioneers on the boards and their consistent scoring. While Seuren emerged as a scoring threat during last season, others will need to step up and make shots.
Outlook: Though they are coming off league and district titles, the Pioneers are trying to take this season one goal at a time and try to finish in the top half of their division.
Coach: Scott Bergey (seventh year) Last year’s record: 14-5 overall (7-1 in ACCAC)
Notable losses: Kelcey Farnham, Katie Will
Key returnees: Seniors – Sierra Guenst (forward), Brandice Clemens (guard), Sarah Finkbeiner (wing)
Others to watch: Sophomores – Vicky Casatelli (forward), Mary Finkbeiner (guard)
Strengths: The duo of Guenst and Clemens makes the Warriors a team to watch out for as the season progresses. Their leadership and versatility should carry this team a successful season.
Question marks: Foul trouble on the starters could be an issue this season as the Warriors’ depth has very little experience at the varsity level.
Outlook: Bergey believes the Warriors should be a contender for the ACCAC championship and compete for a District One Class A title.
Coach: Dale Moe (second year) Last year’s record: 10-13 overall Notable losses: Sarah DeMar, Kelsey Dierkes
Key returnees: Senior – Rachel Shive (guard); Juniors – Ashlyn Bodder (forward), Hayley Waltenbaugh (forward)
Others to watch: Junior – Taylor Barnes (guard); Freshman – Martina McCauley (forward)
Strengths: The Lions understand there are aspects that they can control, such as their effort on the floor, and that is where their focus lies. They believe their hard work on the defensive side will propel them to success.
Question marks: The seniors lost for the Lions played fearless on offense and were never afraid to take an open shot. The Lions will need younger players to pick up the points for the graduation go-to-girls.
Outlook: The Lions are not deep and will have their hands full for the first season in the Bicentennial Athletic League. The coaches and players are hoping they can improve as the season moves along.
Gwynedd Mercy Academy
• Head coach: Tim Kowalski (3rd year) • Last year’s record: 11 - 13 • Key losses: Caroline Shimrock, Maura Mckenna, Taylor Sweeney, Erin Casey
• Key returnees: Seniors—Katrina McGrath, Jenna Raschiatore, Junior—Christa Giordano; Sophomore—Emily Sullivan
• Others to watch: Senior—Courtney Sullivan; Juniors—Dia Veneziano, Jess Campbell; Freshmen—Bailey Greenberg, Bridget Coleman, Erica DeCandido
• Outlook: “With the continued rise of the GMA basketball program, culminating last year in the school’s first win in district play since 2005 and advancement to the District 1 Class AAA quarterfinals, GMA will need to overcome the loss of six graduated seniors from the program,” Kowalski said.