CHSAA girls basketball preview

St. Anthony's guard Charise Wilson drives to the St. Anthony's guard Charise Wilson drives to the basket in a game against St. Mary's. (March 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

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CHSAA

1. ST. ANTHONY'S FRIARS

Coach: Kenny Parham

Top players

F Chastity Taylor Sr. 5-10

G Charise Wilson Sr. 5-6

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F Kalifa Davy, Sr. 5-10

G Tyla Parham, Sr. 5-3

C Jayla Jones-Pack, So. 6-3

Outlook: Three-time defending league champs. With three Division I commits in starting lineup, the Friars are in position to challenge St. Mary's.

2. ST. MARY'S GAELS

Coach: Tom Flynn

Top players

F Jordan Agustus, Jr. 6-1

G Mei-Lyn Bautista, Jr. 5-6

F Jasmine Bryant, Sr. 5-9

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G McKayla Hernandez, Jr. 5-6

C Charlotte Renker, Jr. 6-3

Outlook: Expectations are high for the reigning CHSAA regular season champ, which returns five starters.

3. KELLENBERG FIREBIRDS

Coach: Matt Kirk

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Top players

G Brenna Dennelly, Sr. 5-8

G Kaitlin Stackpole, Sr. 5-9

F Stacy Madelmayer, Sr. 5-8

F Cristen Whigham, Sr. 5-10

C Candace Belvedere, Sr. 6-1

Outlook: With four starters back, including St. Joseph's-bound Belvedere, Kellenberg could be a force.

4. OUR LADY OF MERCY MUSTANGS

Coach: John Kiffel

Top players

G Shannon Brady, Sr. 5-6

G Marylin Lehmuller, Sr. 5-9

G Lizzie Stiles, So. 5-5

F Kelly Wildes, So. 5-9

F Chastity Byrd, So. 5-9

F Desiree Gaeckler, So. 5-10

Outlook: Led by four-year varsity players Brady and Lehmuller, this could be one of OLMA's best teams.

5. SACRED HEART SPARTANS

Coach: Dennis O'Brien

Top players

G Kaitlyn Gorman, Jr., 5-11

G Maggie Rogers, Sr. 5-8

G Grace Parks, Sr. 5-7

F Caroline Turansky, So., 5-10

F Katie McGoldrick, Jr., 6-3

Outlook: Sacred Heart is young, but will rely on its depth, athleticism and size to stay afloat.

6. HOLY TRINITY TITANS

Coach: John Scalfaro

Top players

G Hannah Woodward, So. 5-7

G Choloni Williams, Jr. 5-8

F Sarah Pulis, Fr. 5-11

F Megan Clery, So. 5-11

C Bernadette Mullane, Sr. 6-0

Outlook: With ample size and a nice bench with Casey Alston, Holy Trinity will be a tough out.

7. ST. DOMINIC BAYHAWKS

Coach: Michelle O'Brien

Top players

G Skye Burris, So., 6-0

F Nicky Campbell, Jr., 5-10

G Dominique Ehlinger, Sr., 5-5

F Amanda Kelly, So., 5-10

G Melissa Randazzo, Fr., 5-4

Outlook: St. Doms has an athletic five and a solid bench with Olivia Volberg and Olivia Garcia.

8. ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST COUGARS

Coach: Bruce Haller

Top players

F Kayla Hill, Jr. 5-9

G Kaitlyn Montalbano, Sr. 5-4

C Bridget Moran, Fr. 6-0

G Gianna Locker, So. 5-5

F Jess Holdsworth, Sr. 5-9

Outlook: It will be a rebuilding year for the Cougars, who lost eight players from last season.

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