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Nassau A-II girls basketball team-by-team outlook

Elmont's Gigi Faison (11) puts one up while

Elmont's Gigi Faison (11) puts one up while being covered by North Shore's Gbrielle Zaffiro (13) and scores in the second quarter during the the Nassau County High School Girls Class A basketball finals on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Hofstra University. Credit: Bob Sorensen

NASSAU A-2

BELLMORE JFK COUGARS

Last season: 15-6

Coach: Mallory Freely

KEY PLAYERS

Danielle Lewin PG 5-5 Jr.; Gabrielle Lewin SG 5-0 Sr.; Dylan Manger C 5-8 Jr.; Cameron Montalbano SF 5-7 Soph.; Rachel Nossen SG 5-5 Soph.

ABOUT THE COUGARS: A mix of aggressive, scrappy defenders means easy points in transition.

CAREY SEAHAWKS

Last season: 1-17

Coach: Danielle Donohue

KEY PLAYERS

Jenna Lim G 5-4 Sr.; Kelly-Ann McGrath G 5-5 Jr.; Arianna Millan F 5-9 Jr.; MaryGrace Spano G 5-4 Jr.; Vanessa Tortorella F 5-6 Jr.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS: Looking to establish a tradition of success this winter with experienced upperclassmen.

ELMONT SPARTANS

Last season: 23-2

Coach: Tom Magno

KEY PLAYERS

Nataiya Bailey G/F 5-8 Sr.; Gigi Faison G 5-8 Sr.; Brianna Moore C 6-0 Jr.; Rae Sawyer G 5-6 Fr.; Alexis Stewart F 5-8 Sr.

ABOUT THE SPARTANS: Looking for an identity after graduating two Division I players, but Faison is a five-year varsity talent.

GREAT NECK NORTH

BLAZERS

Last season: 2-19

Coach: Erik Connolly

KEY PLAYERS

Kelly Chau PF 5-6 Jr.; Emma Cohen G/F 5-5 Jr.; Shira Pirouzian F 5-7 Soph.; Abby Rabbany SG 5-4 Jr.; Shaina Yazdanpanah SG 5-5 Sr.

ABOUT THE BLAZERS: Rabbany and Yazdanpanah are outside threats, while Chau commands the low post.

JERICHO JAYHAWKS

Last season: 11-8

Coach: Andrew Schneider

KEY PLAYERS

Caitlin Chestler G 5-5 Jr.; Jaqueline DeLuca PF 5-9 Sr.; Kristina Kallansrude G 5-8 Sr.; Lucy Peters C 5-11 Sr.; Jade StolerPG 5-7 Soph.

ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS: Fast and athletic, Jericho looks to make the playoffs after missing by one game.

MANHASSET INDIANS

Last season: 18-2

Coach: Lauren Sadeh

KEY PLAYERS

Grace Gately F 5-9 Soph.; Emma LoPinto G 5-3 Soph.; Rebecca Ritterband G 5-2 Soph.; Maria Themelis PG 5-5 Jr.; Kelly Trotta F 5-7 Sr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS: With nine of 14 players on the roster state champion lacrosse players, the Indians are battle-tested.

NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS

Last season: 11-7

Coach: Ron Pickett

KEY PLAYERS

Joanna Mauceri G 5-6 Sr.; Brianna Platia G 5-3 Sr.; Melanie Sinkler F 5-8 Sr.; Andrea Waldron F 5-7 Sr.; Julia White G 5-4 Jr.

ABOUT THE GLADIATORS: A defensive-minded team looking to improve its offense and make another playoff push.

SEWANHAKA INDIANS

Last season: 17-3

Coach: Alex Soupios

KEY PLAYERS

Carly Bolivar G 5-7 Sr.; Ashley Cattle F 5-9 Sr.; Flo Hunte G 5-4 Sr.; Mia Weinschrieder F 5-8 Jr.; Jessica Williams G 5-6 Sr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS: Poised for a county title run behind Bolivar, an NYIT commit.

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