Long Island Lutheran moves into Class A, is loaded

Brookville, NY - December 17, 2012: Long Island Brookville, NY - December 17, 2012: Long Island Lutheran High School sophomore #34 Boogie Brozoski looks to drive to the basket during varsity girls' basketball team practice at the school. Photo Credit: James Escher / Freelance James Escher

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The Long Island Lutheran girls basketball team aims for its fifth consecutive trip to the Federation Tournament. This time, the Crusaders would compete in Class A after reaching the Class B final in three of the last four seasons, including one championship.

Long Island Lutheran returns eight players, including four starters. Sophomore point guard Boogie Brozoski, who was first-team All-Long Island as a freshman, averaged 14.8 points and eight assists and can do it all. She is getting Division I interest and improved her pullup jumper and off the ball defense.

Senior forwards Staci Barrett and Sade Gibbons provide strength inside and junior guard Katie Lavelle is a good shooter. Sophomore guard Nani Redford returns and Taylor Byrne, a 6-1 sophomore forward, and freshman guard Kaela Hilaire transferred in to provide excellent depth for the Crusaders.

In the IPPSAL, Portledge returns four starters and goes for its fourth straight title. Division I recruit Tamara Simpson is a junior guard who averaged 24.6 points, 8.5 steals, 7.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 blocks. Senior guard Kristie Kelly and senior forward Ceci Mulry complement her well.

Senior forward Isabella Fraim returns to lead Waldorf and she is leading the team in scoring and rebounding. Senior point guard Carolyn Smalls will run the offense. Junior center Ajanai Miller adds scoring, is a strong rebounder and is also the team's top defender.

Lawrence Woodmere is looking to make playoffs. Seniors Marjorie Santos and Richardine Laventure are returning starters along with junior Tiffany Philemy. Freshman Morgan Koenig and sophomore Isabella Arikian are also expected to contribute.

Solomon Schechter looks to be competitive behind the play of senior forwards Sarah Epstein and Sydney Goldstein. Freshman Izzy Edelstein and sophomore Sammi Albucker will also be impact players.

Rachel Gimaldi, Michelle Peloso and Valorie Winter are key players for Our Savior New American.

Echo Zhang and Samantha Cothen are top scorers for Knox.

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