Suffolk V girls basketball preview

Harborfields' Kristen Kelly shoots as Southampton's Kesi Goree

Harborfields' Kristen Kelly shoots as Southampton's Kesi Goree defends in the Class ABCD Small Schools girls basketball final. (Feb. 27, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

SUFFOLK V

1. HARBORFIELDS TORNADOS

Coach: Russ Tietjen

Key players

F Donasja Scott 5-9

F Kristen Kelly 6-0

G Toni Deren 5-5

G Allie Tunick 5-5

F Alex Werbitsky 5-8

Outlook: The defending county champs remain the team to beat in Class A behind Scott, a great rebounder and finisher, and Kelly, who can score in the post and from the outside.

2. ISLIP BUCCANEERS

Coach: Dave Goodman

Key players

F Vanessa Juengerkes 5-8

G Kylie Ohlmiller 5-4

F Jasmine Sapp 5-9

G/F Taryn Ohlmiller 5-7

G Caleigh DeCaprio 5-1

Outlook: Juengerkes is a rebounding machine who can also run the point, Sapp has a consistent midrange jump shot and the Ohlmiller sisters are strong on the defensive end.

3. SAYVILLE GOLDEN FLASHES

Coach: Phil DePompeo

Key players

G Kathleen Barry 5-7

G Danielle Grossi 5-6

C/F Emily Goczan 5-9

F Erin MacDevitt 5-9

G Kaitlyn Wandelt 5-8

Outlook: Balanced and fast on offense with multiple players who can finish with double figures. Aggressive pressure defense from the tip to the buzzer.

4. EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR SHARKS

Coach: Steven Giacolone

Key players

G Samantha Giacolone 5-5

F Nijay Brown 5-8

G Allyson Tolken 5-5

F Laura Kesnig 5-5

F Rebecca Tooker 5-6

Outlook: Giacolone is a threat from beyond the arc and Brown provides offense from the low post.

5. WESTHAMPTON HURRICANES

Coach: Mike Polan

Key players

G Brooke Alpert 5-6

F Lauren Smith 5-6

G Emma Gristina 5-5

F Kathleen Mensch 5-6

C Shey Casey 5-11

Outlook: Alpert can finish in transition. Smith has a nose for the ball. Casey adds size.

6. COMSEWOGUE WARRIORS

Coach: Joe Caltagirone

Key players

G Alyssa Olson 5-7

F Hailey Ottaka 5-10

F Nicole Busuttil 5-6

G Janine Short 5-6

G Claire Sanfilippo 5-4

Outlook: Olson is a poised ballhandler. Ottaka provides an inside presence.

7. ROCKY POINT EAGLES

Coach: Scott Lindsay

Key players

G Brittany Rinaldi, 5-3

G Reagan Lynch 5-3

F Brittany Antici 5-9

G Dana Smith 5-4

C Megan Loughran 5-10

Outlook: Gritty on defense and athletic on offense, led by the slashing Rinaldi and deep-threat Lynch.

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