Suffolk III girls basketball preview

North Babylon's Makeda Nicholas drives into the paint North Babylon's Makeda Nicholas drives into the paint in the second half of a game against Smithtown West. (Jan. 17, 2013) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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SUFFOLK III

1. NORTH BABYLON BULLDOGS

Coach: Debbie Brajevich

Key players

G Brianna Jones 5-9

F Makeda Nicholas 6-2

PG Lauren Williams 5-7

PF Katie Zambrotta 5-10

G Sabrina Powell 5-5

Outlook: Jones and Nicholas, two Division-I quality players, are united with Williams, a future D-I point guard.

 

2. COPIAGUE EAGLES

Coach: Carole Olsen

Key players

PG Ihnacinse Grady 5-5

SG Mikaiya Moore 5-10

F Ashley Harris 5-7

G Princess O'Garro 5-7

G Mikal Knight 5-6

Outlook: Grady and Moore, who is set to return from injury, can both penetrate or hit the three.

 

3. SMITHTOWN EAST BULLS

Coach: Tom Vulin

Key players

F Sam Delaney 6-2

C Jessica Anderson 6-0

PG Haley Anderson 5-9

SG Brittany Redmond 5-6

G Casey Fitzharris 5-6

Outlook: Will get the ball down low to Delaney, who excels when facing the basket, and Anderson, who thrives in the post.

 

4. RIVERHEAD BLUE WAVES

Coach: Dave Spinella

Key players

F Sam Dunn 5-10

F Dezarae Brown 6-0

PG Kate McCarney 5-3

SG Kim Ligon 5-5

G Faith Johnson-DiSilvia 5-4

Outlook: The youngest team in the county with a starting lineup of two sophomores, Dunn and Brown, along with three eighth graders.

 

5. WEST ISLIP LIONS

Coach: Chris Scharf

Key players

G Lindsay Darrell 5-5

F Rachel Hunter 5-10

G Chelsea Sorahan 5-6

G Vanessa Costantino 5-4

F Amanda Arena 5-10

Outlook: A strong defensive team with some weapons on the other end in Darrell, a solid shooter and distributor, and Hunter, a strong shooter.

 

6. CENTEREACH COUGARS

Coach: Jimmy Steigele Jr.

Key players

G Jackie Buzaid 5-8

G Alycia Indence 5-0

G Cassidy Treanor 5-8

F Lauren Meigel 5-11

F Katrina Ganji 5-8

Outlook: Strong chemistry led by its senior captain, Buzaid, who creates for others, and Indence, a solid shooter and ball handler.

 

7. NEWFIELD WOLVERINES

Coach: Paul Bertam

Key players

F Yerra Bush 5-9

G Maria Daume 5-7

C Jackie McTigue 5-11

PG Lauren Ducker 5-6

F Kelsey Larkin 5-11

Outlook: The Wolverines like to set up in the half-court in order to use their size to their advantage.

 

8. SMITHTOWN WEST BULLS

Coach: Katie Combs

Key players

F Katherine DeLanty 5-11

G Siovhan Kehoe 5-9

G Pam Giordano 5-8

G Brenna Butler 5-8

G Gabby Baello 5-6

Outlook: Their half-court set is more balanced and features more shooters.

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