Suffolk II girls basketball preview

Northport guard Lizzie Atkinson shoots a free throw Northport guard Lizzie Atkinson shoots a free throw against Longwood at the Suffolk Shootout girls basketball tournament. (Dec. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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SUFFOLK II

1. NORTHPORT TIGERS

Coach: Rich Castellano

Key players

G Lizzy Atkinson 5-7

G Sarah Simmons 5-8

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F Vincenza Patrone 5-8

G/F Emily Robarge 5-8

F Emma Morrison 5-10

Outlook: Should be the team to beat with a court general in Atkinson, a slasher in Simmons, and a deep supporting cast.

2. H.H. HILLS EAST THUNDERBIRDS

Coach: Charles Hamm

Key players

G Julia Gnieser 5-5

G/F Maia Rivers 5-6

F Kristen McKenzie 5-9

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G Sam Bozzela 5-5

F Aliyah Minor 5-9

Outlook: Make up for lack of size with shooters like Gnieser, Rivers and Bozzela.

3. WHITMAN WILDCATS

Coach: Dan Trebour

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Key players

F Rose Pedretti 5-9

G Nicole Kleet 5-4

F Sarah Olsen, Jr. 5-10

G Brianna DelColle 5-5

G Rosa Portaro 5-6

Outlook: A semifinalist last season, the Wildcats won't be as experienced but also won't allow many points with its pressure defense.

4. LINDENHURST BULLDOGS

Coach: Greg Flynn

Key players

G Alexis Perdue 5-6

F Rachel Gumowski 5-10

G Hara McCandless 5-5

F Maddie Sesselman 5-6

G Jenna Iannacci 5-3

Outlook: A team that takes and makes a lot of threes and runs a lot of screens, led by up-and-coming sophomore guard, Perdue.

5. SACHEM NORTH FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: James Mellor

Key players

F Shayla Cosgrove 5-9

G Eve Calabria 5-7

G/F Kassidy Hallum 5-10

F Annie Keenan 5-10

G Lisa Galante 5-6

Outlook: A cohesive unit, led by a consistent shooter in Cosgrove and playmaker in Calabria, that will move the ball well and find the open player.

6. CENTRAL ISLIP MUSKETEERS

Coach: Paul Venturi

Key players

F Iesha Altidor 5-10

G Dynejah Matthews 5-6

G Chanel Taylor 5-5

F Anhya Jenkins 5-9

G Bryanna Brooks 5-5

Outlook: Altidor and Matthews are stoppers pressure defense and man-to-man formations.

7. CONNETQUOT THUNDERBIRDS

Coach: Leslie Sewell

Key players

G Alyssa Torres 5-7

G/F Jenna Phillips 5-8

G Angela Giangregorio 5-5

F Emily Austin 5-8

F Brittany Curtin 5-7

Outlook: The T-birds can be a good shooting team, led by Torres, a strong ballhandler and playmaker.

8. BAY SHORE MARAUDERS

Coach: Janine Mazzie

Key players

F Carly Cox 5-9

F NyeDia Harris 5-8

F Chelsey Blanchfield 6-0

G Victoria Pearce 5-6

G Jhanae Flythe 5-4

Outlook: A young, developing team led by Cox, an all-around player who can handle and shoot.

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