Favorite: Baldwin. The defending champions are rolling through Nassau with an athletic team that plays stifling defense and puts pressure on the opposition’s offense. Kiera Corbin , Alex Hampton, Courtney Jackson, and Katie Greene form a good nucleus. Baldwin has faced little competition in the conference and likely won’t be tested until deep in the postseason.
Biggest competition: Farmingdale and Massapequa. The Dalers defeated Massapequa at home 43-38 and then used a 29-14 fourth quarter to rally and beat the Chiefs on the road last week, 60-52. Kelly McPartland leads the way, while Nadine Hadnagy, Alexis Panariello, and Kyra Ochwat are a good supporting cast. It’s all about defense for this team. Massapequa is deep and certainly capable of making a run to the finals. Danielle Doherty, Lauren Van Buren, Morgan Roessler, and Nicole Scicutella are some players to watch.
MacArthur: Losses to Baldwin and Farmingdale, but beat Freeport and Uniondale, so a run to the semifinals is possible.
Mepham: Still undefeated behind the tandem of Kristen O’Brien and Nicole Castaldo.
Favorite: Garden City. Injuries slowed the Trojans early in the season, but with the starting five together, they have played well. Barbara Sullivan leads the way and has two consecutive 25-point games. Kim Ryan is an excellent three-point shooter and Christina Mangels is a force on the boards. A 48-26 win over Division makes the Trojans a slight favorite.
Biggest competition: Division. The defending champions have one loss and it came against Garden City. They have some size and experience with Christina Rea, Julie Ballantyne, Kristen Stuart, and Taylor Malings.
Wantagh: Playing well despite some inexperience and its strong defense will keep them in games.
New Hyde Park: Ciara McCullagh has put up some huge numbers this season. Already beat Garden City and lost by just four points to Division last week.
South Side: Undefeated in Conference A-II.
Lynbrook: Have one of the top players in Brooke Gerstman, but the team has lost two of three games without her sidelined due to an injury.
North Shore: Scoring a lot of points and rotate three set of five girls every two to three minutes and press the whole time. It leads to a lot of offense. Beat Wantagh and lost to Lynbrook.
Favorite: Carle Place. With two wins in three games over Cold Spring Harbor, Carle Place gets the edge. If the two teams meet in the finals, it should be a good one. Carle Place pulled out a 44-41 win in the last meeting. Samantha Burden and Jill Flecker are the linchpins.
Biggest competition: Cold Spring Harbor. Two of three losses came to Carle Place and other came against Hicksville, a Class AA team. Kelly Vassallo, Katie Durand, and Gabrielle Doria lead the way.