Emma Von Essen waits for her teammates to get in...

Emma Von Essen waits for her teammates to get in position during a Long Island High School girls basketball game in Brookville on January 18, 2020. Credit: Dawn McCormick

PSAA

PORTLEDGE PANTHERS

Last season: N/A

Coach: Jay Lynch

KEY PLAYERS

Caitlin James, C/F, Sr.; Maddy Jelloe, PG, Fr.; Emma Sillat, F, Sr.; Dani Wachtel, G, Fr.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS: James and Sillat look to lead Portledge to its fourth-straight PSAA title. Portledge features eight freshmen this winter.

STONY BROOK BEARS

Last Season: N/A

Coach: Tim Stone

KEY PLAYERS: Tochi Chukwuemeka, 5-7, G, Jr.; Chloe Feldman, 5-6, F, Jr.; Myla Lombardo, G, 5-8, Fr.; Ava McCormick, 5-10, F, Jr.; Niamh Scanlon, 5-8, G, Jr.

ABOUT THE BEARS: With Scanlon as a primary scorer and McCormick a physical presence in the paint, Stony Brook has goals of competing for a PSAA title.

INDEPENDENT

LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN CRUSADERS

Last season: N/A

Coach: Christina Raiti

KEY PLAYERS

Paris Clark, 5-9, G, Sr.; Katie Koval, 6-5, F/C, Soph.; Uta Nakamura, G, 5-7, Jr. Diora Ressaissi, G/F, 5-11, Soph.; Emma Von Essen, 5-9, G, Sr.

ABOUT THE CRUSADERS: With their sights set on a Federation championship, the Crusaders will be led by Paris Clark, one of the top recruits in the country. Clark was Newsday’s Player of the Year as a sophomore after averaging 17.7 points per game and playing lockdown defense.

 

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