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

Baldwin’s Kaia Harrison (4) moves the ball against

Baldwin’s Kaia Harrison (4) moves the ball against Christ the King players in the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions Class A A girls final basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Glens Falls, N.Y. Baldwin won the game 58-49. Photo Credit: HANS PENNINK/Hans Pennink

NASSAU AA-II

BALDWIN BRUINS

Last season: 26-1

Coach: Tom Catapano

KEY PLAYERS

Alexis Aponte G 5-5 Sr.; Mariah Benavides G 5-4 Sr.; Kaia Harrison G 5-7 Sr.; Jamiela Moore F 5-10 Sr.; Elena Randolph F 5-11 Jr.

ABOUT THE BRUINS: The defending Federation champions, led by Harrison, have high expectations despite losing four starters.

  

EAST MEADOW JETS

Last season: 12-9

Coach: Peter M. Olenik

KEY PLAYERS

Danielle Hippner F/C 6-3 Jr.; Stephanie Sparkowski F 6-1 Jr.; Julie Tannenblatt G 5-3 Soph.; Rhoda Williams G 5-8 Soph.; Alyssa Yablansky G 5-5 Sr.

ABOUT THE JETS: A young, athletic team with sights set on its fourth straight playoff appearance.

  

HICKSVILLE COMETS

Last season: 14-7

Coach: Frank LoCascio

KEY PLAYERS

Emma DeJesus G 5-7 Jr.; Emma Kaszovitz G 5-3 Soph.; Ashley Pierce F 5-10 Fr.; Rebecca Sloan F 5-10 Sr.; Ashley Yanopulos G 5-1 Sr.

ABOUT THE COMETS: Yanopulos averaged 4.1 points per game last year and could step into a larger role.

  

LONG BEACH MARINES

Last season: 1-18

Coach: Kristin Ciccone

KEY PLAYERS

Lainie Kassap G 5-6 Soph.; Delilah Plunkett C 5-10 Jr.; Fiona Rafferty F 5-8 Sr.; Gia Simbari G 5-6 Soph.; Adriana Zieba-Rosa F 5-8 Sr.

ABOUT THE MARINES: Ciccone expects improvement from a team that is still young but more experienced.

  

PLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE JFK HAWKS

Last season: 5-14

Coach: Nick Tomasulo

KEY PLAYERS

Emily Howell F 5-9 Soph.; Emma Kimmel G 5-7 Fr.; Nikki Mastorides F 5-8 Jr.; Amanda Ortsman G 5-6 Jr.; Eunice Yim G 5-6 Sr.

ABOUT THE HAWKS: Team returns four starters including Yim, the leading scorer last winter.

 

   

PORT WASHINGTON VIKINGS

Last season: 9-11

Coach: Dennis Trottier

KEY PLAYERS

Natalie DeMeo G/F 5-6 8th; Sophi Gindi G 5-4 Sr.; Caitlin Kane G 5-6 Sr.; Sabine Rosaya F 5-11 Jr.; Kate Shanahan G/F 5-9 Jr.

ABOUT THE VIKINGS: Gindi and Kane provide leadership and talent for a potential playoff team.

  

WESTBURY GREEN DRAGONS

Last season: 1-15

Coach: Dwight Gibson

KEY PLAYERS

Cinly Gousse G 5-7 Soph.; Janina Jean G 5-5 Sr.; Breana Prather F 5-7 Soph.; Jenelle Rogers F 5-7 Soph.; Jade Telesford F 5-6 Sr.

ABOUT THE GREEN DRAGONS: Gibson’s goal is to play competitive games more consistently.

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