Nassau AA-I girls basketball preview

Massapequa's Olivia Batista shoots a free throw against Massapequa's Olivia Batista shoots a free throw against Sachem East in the Long Island girls basketball Class AA final at the David S. Mack Arena. (March 8, 2013) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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NASSAU AA-I

1. MASSAPEQUA CHIEFS

Coach: Shari Roessler

Key players

G Rachel Sieber 5-6

G Olivia Batista 5-8

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G/F Megan McCabe 5-10

F Melanie Hingher 6-0

Outlook: Return seven from last year's Nassau Class AA title team, including Carmella Gampero, Lilly Bernardi and Lauren Boix.

2. UNIONDALE KNIGHTS

Coach: Danielle Nicol

Key players

G Sakara Hester-Torres 5-6

G Ashley Jara 5-4

G Diamonae McLean 5-7

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F Bianca Nwatu 5-8

F Diana Lemus 5-7

Outlook: Reached the Nassau "AA" final but enters rebuilding year; Hester-Torres, a playmaking point guard, leads a talented backcourt.

3. FARMINGDALE DALERS

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Coach: Pete Cerrone

Key players

G Lauren Hill 5-7

G Emily Dwyer 5-6

G Laura Fullam 5-6

F Amanda Hausmann 5-10

F Sam Cunningham 5-9

Outlook: Tough and athletic group, but unproven; enters rebuilding year after reaching Nassau "AA" semifinals last season.

4. FREEPORT RED DEVILS

Coach: Meredith Jones

Key players

G Janique Lewis 5-8

G Kahasia Cobbs 5-7

G Taylor Miller 5-7

F AJ Smith 6-0

C Deja Hooks 6-2

Outlook: An improved team with experience; will rely on its pressure defense and up-tempo offense.

5. SYOSSET BRAVES

Coaches: Diane Malley

and Ian Western

Key players

G/F Rachel Quinn 5-10

G Gabriella Galasso 5-5

G Sarah Solomon 5-5

G/F Julia Rauchenberger 5-10

F Elise Maturo 5-11

Outlook: With Quinn's outside shooting and Maturo's inside presence, Syosset could be a playoff contender.

6. OCEANSIDE SAILORS

Coach: Jason Manning

Key players

G Claire McNamara 5-7

G Megan McNamara 5-7

G Jeannie Callanan 5-4

F Paige Seitz 5-8

F Veronica Miller 5-8

Outlook: An experienced group led by its strong backcourt; talented newcomers including 5-10 center Emily Ott.

7. HEMPSTEAD TIGERS

Coach: Randi Harrison

Key players

G Treasure Hayes 5-5

G Kayla Davis 5-7

G Eyavonne Drayton 5-7

F Samantha Coq 5-10

C Jorri Young 5-11

Outlook: Team is in a rebuilding phase; utilizes a half-court offense and will infuse some zone defense.

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