Nassau AA-III girls basketball preview

Herricks guard Barbara Nictas protects the ball from

Herricks guard Barbara Nictas protects the ball from Connetquot guard Alyssa Torres in a Babylon girls basketball tournament game. (Dec. 9, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

NASSAU AA-III

1. MEPHAM PIRATES

Coach: Jim Mulvey

Key players

G Alexa Morris 5-4

G Nicole Moccio 5-5

G Megan Anderson 5-5

F Bridged McNeill 5-8

C Kellie Gilroy 5-9

Outlook: Returns seven from last year's playoff team, but has transitioned from three-point shooting offense, now emphasizing low-post scoring.

2. HERRICKSHIGHLANDERS

Coach: Glenn Lavey

Key players

G Barbara Nictas 5-4

G Erin Rivera 5-7

G Bridgette Stacom 5-6

F Kristina Stacom 5-5

F Hannah Ko 5-8

Outlook: Reached the quarterfinals last season; will be led by dynamic backcourt of Nictas and Rivera.

3. ELMONT SPARTANS

Coach: Tom Magno

Key players

G Arielle Pierre 5-5

G Sahadia Cadet 5-4

G Tatiana Laroche 5-6

F Monique Joseph 5-9

C Ruby Asabor 6-0

Outlook: Versatile and defensive-oriented group led by Pierre, the point guard, and Laroche, who plays multiple positions.

4. CALHOUN COLTS

Coach: Dave Radtke

Key players

G Nora Charidah 5-6

G Megan Callahan 5-6

F Lauren Savarese 5-7

F Julia Neugebauer 5-10

F Jackie Ras 5-11

Outlook: Deep, athletic team with a 13-player rotation. Installing full-court pressure defense and uptempo style.

5. LONG BEACHMARINES

Coach: Kristin Ciccone

Key players

G Mary McDonagh 5-6

G Destiny Hurt 5-6

F Liz Rourke 5-9

F Lena Moriarty 5-10

C Perri Steiner 6-2

Outlook: Looking to build on last year's run to playoffs; relies on fast-break offense. Has a new gym, rebuilt after superstorm Sandy.

6. GREAT NECK SOUTH REBELS

Coach: Tom Umstatter

Key players

G Betsy Tannenbaum 5-2

G Dylan Livers 5-1

G/F Alexa Epstein 5-8

F Christine Vissichelli 5-8

C Rachel Warner 6-1

Outlook: Returns all but one player from last year's playoff team; good chemistry and relies on team speed.

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