Nassau AA-II girls basketball preview

Baldwin guard Jade Aponte looks to drive to Baldwin guard Jade Aponte looks to drive to the basket against MacArthur. (Jan. 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

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NASSAU AA-II

1. BALDWIN BRUINS

Coach: Tom Catapano

Key players

G Mariah Butler 5-3

G Jade Aponte 5-5

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G Tyra Harrison 5-6

F Tiara Place 5-10

C Lames El Gammal 6-2

Outlook: Perennial contender returns 11, eager to rebound from upset in "AA" quarterfinals; Taylor Howell and Aziah Hudson are explosive off the bench.

2. HICKSVILLE COMETS

Coach: Frank LoCascio

Key players

G Keley Abbriano 5-5

G Jillian Wynne 5-7

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F Tracy Timque 5-9

F Victoria Lomangino 5-8

C Atalah Eady 5-11

Outlook: Coming off a poor season, but has experienced core; will be strong in the low post.

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3. PORT WASHINGTON VIKINGS

Coach: Dennis Trottier

Key players

G Emma Nadel 5-4

G Megan Murphy 5-4

G Anna Catrone 5-4

F Mia Waker 5-8

F Christina Doria-Pegno 5-7

Outlook: Experienced team with playoff aspirations; solid defensively and Nadel and Murphy are offensive sparkplug.

4. EAST MEADOW JETS

Coach: Peter Olenik

Key players

G Marrol Cajoles 5-2

G Crista San Antonio 5-4

G Marisa San Antonio 5-3

F Emily Sharina 5-2

F Mary Hosey 5-7

Outlook: Young team looking to rebound from down season. Rebecca Alzsan, a 6-foot center, has upside.

5. MACARTHUR GENERALS

Coach: Michael Gattus

Key players

G Caitlyn Buckley 5-7

G Jen Gubell 5-7

G/F Kristen Politi 5-7

F Sam Santeramo 5-7

C Stephanie Volpe 6-1

Outlook: Reached Class AA semifinals and senior-laden group has high expectations. Volpe is dominant inside and pressure defense makes Generals dangerous.

6. PLAINVIEW JFK HAWKS

Coach: Nicholas Tomasulo

Key players

G Emily Alexander 5-2

G Jessica Pantowich 5-5

F Krystal Korason 5-9

F Emily Strack 5-9

C Allison Butigian 5-10

Outlook: Hoping to improve greatly from a 4-13 season; will be competitive with a talented and seasoned frontcourt.

7. VALLEY STREAM CENTRAL EAGLES

Coach: Mary Parisi

Key players

F Brianna Hendrick 5-10

F Nia-Maya Outlaw 5-9

G Jasmine Garden 5-3

G Naomi Bolasingh 5-6

G Mikala Casimir 5-4

Outlook: Fast, athletic team with an up-tempo style, features a balanced and cohesive offense.

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