Private school girls basketball preview

Long Island Lutheran's Boogie Brozoski dribbles upcourt in Long Island Lutheran's Boogie Brozoski dribbles upcourt in the second quarter of a game against St. John the Baptist. (Jan. 24, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS

LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN CRUSADERS

Coach: Rich Slater

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Top players

G Boogie Brozoski, Jr. 5-5

F Taylor Byrne, Jr. 6-2

G Katie Lavelle, Sr. 5-9

G Nani Redford, Jr. 5-6

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G Erin Storck, Jr. 5-8

Outlook: The reigning Class A Federation champs have talent, depth and experience everywhere.

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UPPER ROOM ROYALS

Coach: Ted Oberg

Top players

G Alissa Alston, So.. 5-6

F Italee Brown-Smikle, So.. 6-0

G Alyssa Murphy, Jr.. 5-10

F Meghan Oberg, So.. 6-2

F Kennethah Harden, Jr.. 5-11

Outlook: With an influx of new talent and a new coach, Upper Room has emerged as the favorite in the IPPSAL.

 

PORTLEDGE PANTHERS

Coach: Walter Amadio

Top players

G Tamara Simpson, Sr. 5-10

F GraceAnne Woods, Fr. 5-8

G Morgan Follett, Jr. 5-7

F Elizabeth Gahagan, Jr. 5-8

G Allaire Gahagan, So. 5-6

Outlook: Yale-bound senior Tamara Simpson leads a talented team trying to repeat as IPPSAL champions.

 

LAWRENCE WOODMERE ACAD. TIGERS

Coach: Mike Cohn

Top players

F Arianne Philemy, Fr., 5-10

G Tiffany Philemy, Sr., 5-6

F Maxie Solomon, Sr., 5-7

G Gaby Irizarry, So., 5-5

G Rose Fay, Fr., 5-4

Outlook: There will be growing pains with two freshmen and a sophomore starting, but LWA will compete.

 

WALDORF WOLVERINESCoach: LaSheena Brown

Top players

F Ajanai Miller, Jr. 6-1

F Marianna Paone, Sr., 5-8

G Jaclyn Proctor, Sr., 6-7

G Sofia Trikas, Sr. 5-4

G Nicole Tsai, Jr., 5-6

Outlook: New players need to be worked in, but the talent is there for a return trip to the IPPSAL final.

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