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Nassau AA-I girls basketball team-by-team outlook

Rachel Mahler #35 of Syosset, center, defends against

Rachel Mahler #35 of Syosset, center, defends against Gabriella Heimbauer #23 of Massapequa during the Nassau County varsity girls basketball Class AA semifinals at LIU Post on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Massapequa won by a score of 48-44. Photo Credit: James Escher

NASSAU AA-I

FARMINGDALE DALERS

Last season: 12-9

Coach: Pete Cerrone

KEY PLAYERS

Kelly Bergersen PG 5-6 Jr.; Emily Gonzalez G 5-5 Sr.; Jacquelyn Gregorovic F 5-10 Sr.; Sydney Moore G 5-9 Sr.; Keleysha Petit-Frere F 6-0 Jr.

ABOUT THE DALERS: A solid defensive team led by Petit-Frere, an athletic big who is a force.

FREEPORT RED DEVILS

Last season: 13-8

Coach: Meredith Jones

KEY PLAYERS

Taylor Abraham F 6-0 Jr.; Leslie Enrique Cruz G 5-6 Sr.; Tyler Hawkins F 5-11 Jr.; Tiona Parker G 5-5 Sr.; Deavion Peterson G 5-5 Sr.

ABOUT THE RED DEVILS: A good inside-outside balance makes Freeport strong, as it does its signature brand of defense.

HEMPSTEAD TIGERS

Last season: 0-14

Coach: Daren Faulk

KEY PLAYERS

Lakeria Bettis F 5-8 Soph.; Kiana Church G 5-4 Fr.; Kayla Cox C 5-10 Fr.; Andrea Quijada G 5-7 Soph.; Faith Reese F 5-6 Soph.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: A new coach has the Tigers looking to turn the program around.

MASSAPEQUA CHIEFS

Last season: 14-8

Coach: Billy Herr

KEY PLAYERS

Meghan Callaghan F 5-5 Sr.; Emma Cooney G 5-2 Jr.; Kate Fiola G 5-5 Sr.; Gabriella Heimbauer F 6-2 Jr.; Meghan Wildes F 6-2 Jr.

ABOUT THE CHIEFS: Graduated nine seniors but return a blend of youth and experience.

OCEANSIDE SAILORS

Last season: 10-10

Coach: Jared Stoler

KEY PLAYERS

Jamie Behar G 6-2 Jr.; Gina Contorno F 5-6 Jr.; Samantha Greco F 5-7 Sr.; Katie Morgan G 5-1 Sr.; Victoria Ward G/F 5-4 Sr.

ABOUT THE SAILORS: Looking to compete with each team in the conference and make a playoff run.

SYOSSET BRAVES

Last season: 13-6

Coach: Michael Ferreira

KEY PLAYERS

Lilah Grubman G/F 5-9 Fr.; Kendall Halpern PG 5-7 Jr.; Rachel Mahler C/F 6-1 Sr.; Caroline Ruggiero G/F 5-8 Jr.; Charlotte Twohig G/F 5-6 Jr.

ABOUT THE BRAVES: A solid defensive team with significant returning athleticism, led by Mahler and Halpern.

UNIONDALE KNIGHTS

Last season: 3-16

Coach: Nolan Dunkley

KEY PLAYERS

Abimbola Babatunde F 5-10 Sr.; Anissa Bonner G 5-10 Jr.; Kapri Bradshaw G 5-5 Jr.; Heavyn Giles G 5-6 Sr.; Tyasia Williams G 5-4 Fr.

ABOUT THE KNIGHTS: Experienced upperclassmen have the Knights searching for their first playoff berth in three years.

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