Nassau A-I girls basketball preview

Garden City's Samantha Auricchio pulls up to shoot Garden City's Samantha Auricchio pulls up to shoot during a game against Lindenhurst. (Dec. 15, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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NASSAU A-I

1. GARDEN CITY TROJANS

Coach: Anthony Sparacia

Key players

G Sam Auricchio 5-9

G Michaela Bruno 5-6

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G Tara DeAngelo 5-7

F Kerry McCarraher 5-6

F Taylor Carpentier 5-10

Outlook: Defending Nassau "A" champ returns lethal shooter in Aurrichio and elite defender in Carpentier. Becky Reisler is "instant offense."

2. WANTAGH WARRIORS

Coach: Stan Bujacich

Key players

G Christina Peden 5-4

G Nikki Sliwak 5-5

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G Kiernan Rathgaber 5-7

F Paige Graig 5-11

C Alex Parlato 6-4

Outlook:Title contender, features three guards capable of playing the point and can dominate the post with Fordham-bound star Parlato.

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3. SOUTH SIDE CYCLONES

Coach: Katelyn Dunn

Key players

G Sarah Mullooly 5-7

G Jess Hawley 5-5

F Juliana Hadjiyane 5-8

F Bridget McFadden 5-8

F Laura McNally 5-11

Outlook: Reached second round of the playoffs, returns an athletic, defensive-minded group.

4. CAREY SEAHAWKS

Coach: Theresa Schmidt

Key players

G Victoria Porcasi 5-6

G Keva Moore 5-7

G Brett Robison 5-6

F Dana Susse 5-9

C Emily Johnson 5-11

Outlook: Extra motivation after missing playoffs by one game; good outside shooting team, led by Porcasi and Moore.

5. JERICHO JAYHAWKS

Coach: Andrew Schneider

Key players

G Jillian Silverman 5-5

G Sydney Adler 5-6

G Haley Rothman 5-6

F Jillian Leibowitz 5-9

F Taylor Murphy 5-10

Outlook: Inexperienced but gritty group will rely on speed and defense. Top scorer Jamie Tils returns from torn ACL.

6. WESTBURY GREEN DRAGONS

Coach: Aaron Howell

Key players

G Kayla Bomani 5-6

G Sabrina Guerrier 5-6

G Melissa Eustache 5-9

G Danielle Ramsey 5-10

F Renee Watson 5-8

Outlook: Five seniors starting including Watson, an elite rebounder; tight defense helps create offensive opportunities.

7. BELLMORE JFK COUGARS

Coach: Darryl Wolfe

Key players

G Gabrielle D'Ambrosi 5-4

G Skylar Eiskowitz 5-5

F Cora Travaglione 5-8

F Sara Coluccio 5-8

C Samantha Milazzo 5-11

Outlook: Young team coming off a one-win season, looking to develop; Milazzo is a strong shot-blocker and post scorer.

8. NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS

Coach: Hugh Flaherty

Key players

G Jalissa Sanchez 5-5

G/F Brianna Patrizi 5-10

G Jillian Sakowich 5-7

F Laila Chadli 5-9

F Paola Quijada 5-8

Outlook: Chadli, a skilled scorer, leads an experienced group.

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