Favorite: St. Anthony’s. The Friars have won 14 consecutive games after opening with a loss and with a recent road win at defending champion St. John the Baptist, they get the nod. They have defeated St. John the Baptist twice and recently defeated an excellent Archbishop Wood team, the top team in Pennsylvania, 42-21. This is a very deep team with a myriad of players that can beat you offensively. Kerrin Maurer has been very good after missing the second half of last season following a car accident. Symone Kelly and Micki Impellizeri provide the size up front. Rebecca Musgrove and Lauren Williams have played well and the team will be bolstered with the addition of Chastity Taylor and Kimani Jackson, who is currently only able to play in non-league games.
Biggest competition: St. John the Baptist and Holy Trinity. It’s too early to bury St. John the Baptist since the Cougars won last season and won six of the last seven titles, but this was a team talking about competing for the Federation Class AA crown and they already have three losses in league play. The defense has been better, while the offense struggles in the halfcourt set. If they don’t get turnovers off of defense, offense is hard to come by. The talent is there as is the experience and maybe it’s taking longer for the team to find chemistry than it should be. Losing to St. Anthony’s at home was not a good sign. The Cougars have struggled against the better teams. I wouldn’t count them out and they could still emerge as champions, but they haven’t shown much to instill confidence that they will.
Holy Trinity is rolling with eight consecutive wins after a 2-4 start. This team can score and shoot the ball. Katie Poppe is having a great season and Kristen Korzevinski is coming on since taking over at point guard. Kelly Carey, Alyson Brennan and Staci Barrett have also been big contributors. A 59-54 win at St. John the Baptist shows this team is for real and a 13-point loss to St. Anthony’s isn’t anything to be ashamed of. The Titans hit nine three-pointers in that game and trailed by just four at the half. The second matchup against SJB could determine the No. 2 seed as well as which team goes to Class AA for state playoffs.
Sacred Heart: Been very competitive and have a win over Holy Trinity.
Kellenberg: Started the season strong, but lost five straight.
St. Mary’s: Starting to play better and have wins over Kellenberg and Our Lady of Mercy recently.