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Last sea­son’s team, which had two se­niors, de­feated Colonel Richard­son 64-33 in the East Re­gion quar­ter­fi­nals be­fore fall­ing to Cam­bridge-SD 64-49 in semis.

This sea­son’s suc­cess will de­pend on how fast the play­ers de­velop.

“I want them to have fun and I want them to learn the game be­cause if they in­tend on play­ing the next year, I want them to have a whole lot of knowl­edge in bas­ket­ball un­der their belt,” Jack­son-Smith said. “They’re soc­cer play­ers, field hockey play­ers, that type. I have ath­letes who re­ally don’t know the game of bas­ket­ball and they’re in transition of learn­ing, and thus far I’ve seen some re­mark­able things from them.”

Kent Is­land

The Bucs will start four se­niors that saw plenty of ac­tion last sea­son. Se­nior Nina Ci­fo­lilli will play point guard and will be joined in the back­court by se­nior Hannah Mo­ran and ju­nior Se’Ri Miles. Se­niors Ali Patch­ett (for­ward) and Jahtera Kaih (cen­ter) com­plete the start­ing five.

“We’ll have a pretty good ro­ta­tion this year be­cause hav­ing four se­nior starters we need to get some of the younger play­ers in,” Bucs head coach David Plumer said. He said fresh­man guard Blair Goodrich will likely see ex­tended time on the court along with ju­nior guard Alex Tiepe and ju­nior cen­ter Lexi Dodge.

“Be­tween Jahtera and Lexi, I think it’s go­ing to take both of them to do Olivia’s job but with Ali Patch­ett be­ing a post player to help guide them through,” Plumer said. “The point guard po­si­tion is ob­vi­ously a tough po­si­tion to re­place be­cause they’re your quar­ter­back and they’re con­trol­ling the tempo and the flow of the game for you out there. But Nina was a backup to Mya last year, so she got ex­tended min­utes. We’re com­pletely con­fi­dent she can come in and do her job … a lot of ex­tended games for us, a lot of ex­tended min­utes for kids that are still with us now, and some ex­pe­ri­ence from a player like Se’Ri. She’ll lead the way for sure. She’s ex­pe­ri­enced and has tasted that fi­nal four, so there’s def­i­nitely some mo­ti­va­tion to do some big things again this year as well.”

North Caro­line

The Bull­dogs are loaded with ju­niors and have three se­niors in­clud­ing guard Mya Phillips. The ros­ter in­cludes Sarah Tay­lor, Kayla Price, Umma Thomas, Me­gan Rob­bins, Lakyzha Moaney, Kayla Carr, Tya­sia Tow­son, Dae­jor Phillips, Mili­nalli Gomez, Johnae Hines, and Jas­monet Fletcher.

“They’re young, so we’re go­ing to have to work hard to get down our of­fense, but once we get it down I think we have eight or nine ca­pa­ble play­ers of giv­ing us good min­utes,” first-year var­sity head coach Kevin Smith said. “No­body re­ally stands out as like a star player, but we have about four or five play­ers that could have dou­ble dig­its on any night. I think we’ll be bal­anced, but we’re young.”

North Dorch­ester

David Mor­ris­sette, who coached Cam­bridge-SD for a six-sea­son stretch, takes over a pro­gram with the idea of build­ing to­ward the fu­ture.

The Ea­gles are led by ju­niors Ni­cole Waples (guard), for­wards Ja­maya Con­away and To­nia Cephas, and sopho­more Ken­dall Clough, who can play guard or for­ward. Ju­nior Kal­ifa War­ren, who played as a fresh­man, is back af­ter a year away and will see time at point guard.

Queen Anne’s

The Lions limp into the sea­son, but have a solid cast of re­turn­ing ath­letes that should make them one of the con­fer­ence’s best.

Se­niors Emma Hill and Madi­son As­cione and ju­nior Al­lie Har­ris are in­jured but are ex­pected to re­turn. The seven other play­ers on the ros­ter are sopho­more for­ward Makenzy Hu­dock, se­nior guard/for ward Emily Poad, se­nior guard Meagan Luke­hart, ju­nior for­ward Kelly Ca­vanagh, se­nior guard Becka Clay, sopho­more guard Shan­non Dono­van, and se­nior for­ward Kai­ley Boomer.

“I thought we could just pick up where we left off but then we had all these in­juries,” Lions head coach Mike Kern said. “So it’s kind of slowed us up a lit­tle bit, but the good thing is we’re go­ing to get other peo­ple play­ing time and ex­pe­ri­ence and that’s go­ing to make us bet­ter when they all get healthy.”

The en­tire team is made up of multi-sport ath­letes. Once the Lions get ori­ented to play­ing bas­ket­ball again, Kern ex­pects his team to pro­duce of­fense through­out the lineup.

“We’ll be well-rounded scor­ing-wise; it’s not go­ing to be just Emma and Kelly,” he said. “We’re very ath­letic. A lot of them didn’t touch a bas­ket­ball un­til Novem­ber 15th, so we’re try­ing to get the rust off, try­ing to im­prove our fun­da­men­tal skills.”

St. Michaels

Af­ter not field­ing a team for the 2014-15 sea­son, the Saints re­turned to the hard­wood last sea­son with an eight-player ros­ter — six of which had never played. Sec­ond-year head coach Bob Ben­nett had 14 come out this sea­son, and could picked up two ad­di­tions over the next few weeks.

Ju­niors Jas­min Robin­son (F) and Gra­cyn Col­born (G) form the nu­cleus, along with sopho­more Ly­dia Shreves, who will run the point.

Ben­nett knows the bulk of his time will be spent teach­ing the game, with hopes his team can be ready for the play­offs.

Sts. Peter & Paul

Head coach Mark Pot­ter likes the Sabres’ depth. Last sea­son’s team, which reached the Eastern Shore In­de­pen­dent Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle game, con­sisted of seven play­ers. He’s got a dozen this sea­son, al­though five are fresh­men.

Han­dling the point is sopho­more Cat Chris­tian. Round­ing out the starters are ju­nior guard Caro­line Mur­phy, se­nior guard/ for­ward Jen­nifer Dou­glas, se­nior for­ward Me­gan Hickey, ju­nior cen­ter Sarah Rust, and ju­nior guard/for­ward Ju­lia D’Alb­ora.

Sopho­more guard Sophia Marciniak will see plenty of time along with fresh­men point guard Karis Ward and guard Caro­line Shilling.

Round­ing out the squad are fresh­men for­ward Sa­man­tha Har­ring­ton and guards Bre­anna Mood and Chris­tiana Mood.

“I think that as long as we can con­tinue to de­velop, we’re go­ing to be bet­ter than we have been the last two years,” Pot­ter said. “We’re more ath­letic over­all and we fi­nally have a lit­tle depth com­ing off the bench.”

Mike Be­lasco is co-coach­ing with Pot­ter this sea­son.


The Herons grad­u­ated six from a team that won three games last sea­son.

Head coach Jim Mee­han hopes to build around four re­turn­ers — Bren­nan Paddy (Jr.), Ryleigh Paskoski (Jr.), Marisa Pis­apia (So.) and Heidi Bar­cus (Jr.). Af­ter lay­ing a foun­da­tion last sea­son, Mee­han will try and ex­pand this sea­son with a mo­tion of­fense, work­ing in the likes of guards Alice Agee (Sr.), Momoka Watan­abe (Jr.), Annabelle Gille­spie (Fr.) and Lily Judd (Fr.).

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