Nassau A-III girls basketball preview

Floral Park forward Lorraine Hickman and Manhasset forward Floral Park forward Lorraine Hickman and Manhasset forward Jackie Albanese anticipate a potential rebound. (Feb. 6, 2013) Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

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NASSAU A-III

1. FLORAL PARK KNIGHTS

Coach: Michael Spina

Key players

G Kaela Hilaire, 5-2

G Valerie Fox, 5-5

F Erica Bowe, 5-7

F Brittany Ingram, 5-9

C Lorraine Hickman, 6-1

Outlook: Reached Nassau "A" final led by Hickman and now adds Hilaire, a superstar sophomore who returns after a year in private school.

 

2. NORTH SHORE VIKINGS

Coach: Keith Freund

Key players

G Alexandra Cantwell, 5-8

G Caroline Robertson, 5-10

G Ashleigh Sheerin, 5-8

G Gabrielle Zaffiro, 5-8

F Samantha Capobianco, 5-11

Outlook: Led by Cantwell, the Vikings are a perennial contender; utilizes constant rotation of its 12 players and a persistent pressure style.

 

3. GLEN COVE BIG RED

Coach: Greg Mayherhoffer

Key players

G Taylah Hudson, 5-8

G Tristyn Hudson, 5-7

G Amara Phillip, 5-6

F Rianna Cedeno, 5-9

F Grace Brady, 6-3

Outlook: Hudson, a dynamic scorer, leads a young team that seeks to build off last year's trip to the playoffs.

 

4. ISLAND TREES BULLDOGS

Coach: Bob Kaible

Key players

G Brianna Wilson, 5-9

G Natalie Sulmonte, 5-6

G Kelly Cembrale, 5-5

F Megan Fischer, 5-9

F Cassie Paskins, 5-8

Outlook: Graduated one starter playoff team; defense and offensive versatility are strengths.

 

5. BETHPAGE GOLDEN EAGLESCoach: Joseph Inghilterra

Key players

G Danielle Nendza, 5-4

G Camryn Roeller, 5-5

G Julie Considine, 5-4

G Danielle Olive, 5-4

Outlook: Nendza, an all-county star, leads a speedy, guard-dominant group.

 

6. VALLEY STREAM NORTH SPARTANS

Coach: Geoff O'Connell

Key players

G Alanna McDougall, 5-5

G Sarah Miller, 5-7

F Danielle Evangelista, 5-9

F Lisa LoSchiavo, 5-9

C Julia LoSchiavo, 5-10

Outlook: Thrives on defense and transition; made playoffs last year.

 

7. LYNBROOK OWLS

Coach: Heather Manikas

Key players

G Meghan Montine, 5-1

G Gabrielle Locicero, 5-6

G/F Amanda DiGiorgio, 5-9

F Ciara Gordon, 5-10

F Kerrin Montgomery, 5-11

Outlook: Entering a rebuilding phase, but the team's strength will be its aggressive defense.

 

8. VALLEY STREAM SOUTH FALCONS

Coach: Daniel Drumm

Key players

G Cassidy Roberts, 5-2

G Celeste Taylor, 5-7

G Nicole Cutrone, 5-4

F Janise Hernandez, 5-7

C Uju Nwaigwe

Outlook: Coming off a one-win season, but returns several players, now more experienced.

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