Commack's Samantha Miller is defended by Rush-Henrietta's Alaya Callicut-Wright during...

Commack's Samantha Miller is defended by Rush-Henrietta's Alaya Callicut-Wright during the second half of the NYSPHSAA Class AA girls basketball semifinal Friday, March 20, 2015, in Troy, N.Y. Credit: Hans Pennink


Brentwood Indians

Coach Christopher Harrison

Last season: 16-5

Key Players

G K’aandra Rhoden 5-4 Jr.

G Ty Zhea 5-5 Soph.

G Kashiana Wynter 5-7 Sr.

F Alexandra Reyes 5-10 Soph.

G Ashley Richardson 5-5 8th grade

Outlook: Strong defensive team, led by Rhoden, a great on-the-ball defender who led the team in steals. Zhea an all-around scorer with a lethal outside shot. Wynter, one of only two seniors on the team, is also a consistent outside shooter.

Commack Cougars

Coach Denis Conroy

Last season: 22-3

Key Players

G/F Jackie DelliSanti 5-8 Sr.

G Jillian Spagnuola 5-4 Jr.

G Samantha Miller 5-4 Sr.

G Casey Hearns 5-8 Soph.

F Leanne Corso 5-9 Sr.

Outlook: Will continue to play the aggressive, in-your-face, man-to-man defense that helped them win the program’s first county and Long Island championships last season. Four starters return, including DelliSanti, the leading scorer and rebounder last season. Spagnuola sets the tone with her perimeter defense. Corso will be relied upon for rim protection.

Floyd Colonials

Coach Robert O’Driscoll

Last season: 1-16

Key Players

F Crystal Blair 5-9 Jr.

G Gloria Benitez 5-2 Sr.

G Shyasia Clinton 5-4 Sr.

G Jayna Rios 5-2 Soph.

G Vilma Mitrulevicuite 5-5 Jr

Outlook: Blair, the League I Rookie of the Year, can play with her back to the basket or face-up in an offense that operates mainly in half court sets but will look for opportunities to run. Benitez has range. Clinton is athletic and quick to the basket.

Longwood Lions

Coach James Castiglione

Last season: 8-10

Key Players

G Kei-Tavia Glover 5-5 Sr.

G Zorria West 5-11 Jr.

F Nyia Longford 5-9 Fr.

F Jasmin Strong 5-9 Sr.

G Tylysa Martinez 5-6 Soph.

Outlook: Deep team, with a rotation of nine to 10 players, that is aggressive on the press and quick in transition. Glover, a lefty point guard, pushes the pace. West is aggressive on the offensive end and can score in a multitude of ways.

Patchogue-Medford Raiders

Coach Danielle Kaiser

Last season: 4-13

Key Players

F Jazlyn Marrow 5-7 Jr.

G Sekai Cheathum 5-5 Jr.

G Madison Ostrick 5-4 Sr.

G/F Kennedy Petersen 5-7

G/F Kerri McMahon 5-7 Sr.

Outlook: Sophomore Emily Seifert will run the point in a fast break offense. Marrow is the main focal point on the offense end, and is also a quality rebounder. Cheathum handles and shoots well.

Sachem East Flaming Arrows

Coach Brent Lawrence

Last season: 13-7

Key Players

F Danielle Cosgrove 6-4 Soph.

G Gabby Aspuru 6-0 Jr.

G Kaitlyn Wolff 5-7 Soph.

G/F Raven Colson 5-10 Soph.

F Hanah Ruberto 5-10 Fr.

Outlook: Cosgrove, with great hands and feet, can play on the block and shoot the three. Aspuru has great speed with or without the ball and will create opportunities for herself and teammates. Wolff can drive the lane with either hand. Colson will battle for rebounds on both ends.

Sachem North Flaming Arrows

Coach James Mellor

Last season: 6-11

G Eve Calabria 5-7 Jr.

F Annie Keenan 5-11 Soph.

G Lisa Galante 5-8 Soph.

F Amanda Steinberg 5-7 Soph.

F Kelly Abrams 5-10 Sr.

Outlook: Will spread the court and push the ball. Calabria, a point guard, is like a coach on the floor with her decision making and ability to distribute. Keenan is strong with her back to the basket and Keenan is their top outside threat.

Ward Melville Patriots

Coach Bruce Haller

Last season: 13-6

G Taylor Tripptree, 5-8 Jr.

G Kiera Ramaliu 5-6 Jr.

G/F Brooke Pikiell 5-9 Jr.

G Julia Coletti 5-5 Jr.

C Heidi Scarth 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Will still compete for a county title despite being with talented freshman guard, Lauren Hansen, a Division I recruit who will miss the season after ankle surgery. Tripptree is a well-rounded player on both ends. Ramaliu, Pikiell, and Coletti, all threats from downtown, can space the floor. l Difficult team to press with abundance of ball handlers.


Bay Shore Marauders

Coach Janine Mazzie

Last season: 6-11

Key Players

G Victoria Pearce 5-9 Jr.

F Kaylah Napolitano 5-5 Sr.

G Keonjah Nugent 5-5 Jr.

G Jami Cardenas 5-7 Jr.

G Jhanae Flythe 5-5 Jr.

Outlook: Strong defense will lead to points on the offensive end. Pearce handles the ball well and has great court vision. Napolitano provides an inside presence. Nugent has the ability to get to the rim. Cardenas and Flythe stretch the defense with their touch from the outside.

Central Islip Musketeers

Coach Paul Venturi

Last season: 4-13

Key Players

G Naabea Assibey-Bonsu 5-6 Soph.

F Lore’yonah Narvaez 5-8 Jr.

F Anhya Jenkins 5-8 Jr.

G Chanel Taylor 5-6 Jr.

G/F Aysha Shirley5-6 Sr.

Outlook: Uptempo team with good ball handlers and outside shooters. Asibey-Bonsu can drive to the basket and finish, and is an excellent defender. Narvaez will find the open teammate. They will find Jenkins in the post.

Connetquot Thunderbirds

Coach JoAnn Woodruff

Last season: 7-12

Key Players

G/F Jenna Phillips 5-9 Sr.

F Brittany Curtin 5-7 Jr.

F Kayla Silverstein 5-9 Sr.

G Dani Curran 5-5 Soph.

G Jessica Meano 5-4 Sr.

Outlook: Balanced team with an active defense, and players that can shoot, handle, and post-up at every position. Phillips can play any position. Curtin, the team’s leading rebounder, can score in the post.

Copiague Eagles

Coach Carole Olsen

Last season: 18-3

Key Players

F Mikaiya Moore 5-11 Sr.

G/F Anna Zaborowska 5-8 Jr.

G Emilyae Ward 5-4 Soph.

G Nylasia Bunn 5-4 Sr.

G Courtney Gomes 5-7 Sr.

Outlook: Will incorporate motion offenses to score in the paint but also feature outside scoring threats. Moore, who returns from a torn ACL, is one of Long Island’s best stretch forwards. Zaborowska is a slasher with a dependable mid-range jumper. Ward can beat you on the dribble drive or from beyond the arc.

Half Hollow Hills East Thunderbirds

Coach Adam Cirnigliaro

Last season: 10-9

Key Players

C Mesha Rivers 5-8 Sr.

G Alexa Wallace 5-8 Soph.

G Jessie Maurer 5-10 Soph

G Jessica Womble 5-2 Soph.

G Sophia Tawil 5-8 Fr.

Outlook: Will spread the court with five guards, all with the ability to shoot the three. Rivers is a strong ball handler who can get to the rim, and a lockdown defender. Defenders must stay close to Wallace and Maurer, who have tremendous range.

Lindenhurst Bulldogs

Coach Greg Flynn

Last season: 5-13

Key Players

G Alexis Perdue 5-7 Sr.

G Megan Steinman Soph. 5-8

F Shay McCandless 5-8 Fr.

G Harrah McCandless 5-6 Jr.

C Sarah Curto 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: Perdue leads one of the better three-point shooting teams in Long Island. Steinman is a major threat from downtown. Shay McCandless can shoot the three and get to the rim, and her older sister Harrah passes and handles well.

Northport Tigers

Coach Rich Castellano

Last season: 17-3

Key Players

G/F Brenna Farrington 5-8 Jr.

F Erin Henningsen 5-10 Sr.

G Alycia Gimler 5-5 Sr.

G/F Hannah Stockman 5-9 Fr.

G Kirsten Leonard 5-5 Jr.

Outlook: Farrington plays inside and out and is a strong rebounder. Eighth grader Henningsen cleans the glass. Speedy eighth grader Danielle Pavinelli can drive to the basket and finish or kick it out for the open look.

Whitman Wildcats

Coach Dan Trebour

Last season: 10-9

Key Players

G/F Rose Pedretti 5-9 Sr.

F Zenab Ojibe 5-11 Sr.

G Brittney Coleman 5-6 Jr.

F Alexa DelColle 5-8 Jr.

G Camilee Getchell 5-3 Jr.

Outlook: Will be a more defensive team this year. Pedretti, the team’s leading scorer the past two seasons, can score inside and out. She combines with Ojibe, a solid rebounder and defender, to form an athletic forward tandem.


Centereach Cougars

Coach Jimmy Steigele Jr.

Last season: 5-13

Key Players

G Cassidy Treanor 5-7 Jr.

F Lauren Meigel 5-11 Sr.

G Katrina Gangji 5-7 Sr.

G Nicole Fellone 5-6 Sr.

G Erica Medina 5-7 Sr.

Outlook: Junior guard Sara Kwiatkowski will also be key in the Cougars’ playoff push. Treanor is a versatile player who can break down the press off the dribble and shoot from the outside. Meigel is difficult to box out and has improved her post game.

Huntington Blue Devils

Coach Michael Kaplan

Last season: 21-1

Key Players

G Katie Reilly 5-5 Sr.

F Brooke Baade 5-8 Sr.

F Taylor Moreno 5-9 Sr.

G Anna Gulizio 5-8 Jr.

G Emma Petrizzi 5-7 Jr.

Outlook: The county-runner up, which led Suffolk with 35.7 points allowed per game, will continue its aggressive defensive style by inducing many deflections per game. Reilly is the floor general who attacks the basket. Baade led the team in three-point shooting last season. Moreno is aggressive on the boards and a strong shot blocker.

North Babylon Bulldogs

Coach Debbie Brajevich

Last season: 10-9

Key Players

C Maya Joyner 6-3 Sr.

G Olivia Thomas 5-8 Sr.

G Barbara Orsini 5-8 Sr.

G Nia Griffith 5-8 Fr.

G Brianna LaValle 5-5 Fr.

Outlook: Joyner, with her post play and mid-range game, could develop into one of the best bigs in Long Island. Thomas, who returns from a knee injury, can defend bigger players and is a tough offensive rebounder. Orsini, a star lacrosse player in her first year playing basketball, brings speed and defense.

Newfield Wolverines

Coach Jamie Santiago

Last season: 0-18

Key Players

F Maria Daume 5-7 Sr.

C Kelsey Larkin 5-10 Sr.

F Emily Diaz 5-8 Soph.

G Steph Antola 5-5 Sr.

G Isabella Loguidice 5-6 Sr.

Outlook: Half-court offense can play up-tempo when needed. Strong defensive team in 2-3 zone. Daume has good range and a strong handle. Larkin can knock down the mid-range jumper on one end and protects the paint on the other.

Riverhead Blue Waves

Coach David Spinella

Last season: 11-8

Key Players

F Sam Dunn 5-10 Sr.

F Dezarae Brown 6-0 Sr.

G Kim Ligon 5-7 Soph.

G Kate McCarney 5-5 Soph.

G Faith Johnson-DeSilvia 5-4 Soph.

Outlook: Dunn, the team’s leading scorer, leads an up-tempo offense that balances the inside and outside game. Brown is a strong rebounder and Ligon is a slashes to the rim and finishes.

Smithtown East Bulls

Coach Tom Vulin

Last season: 11-8

Key Players

G Haley Anderson 5-10 Jr.

G Abby Zeitsiff 5-8 Soph.

G Tori Redmond 5-8 Jr.

G/F Alex Schultz 5-6 Jr.

G Ceili Williams 5-4 Soph.

Outlook: With strong guard play, will get up and down the floor quickly and force turnovers on the defensive end. Anderson is an all-around player who distributes well. Zeitsiff beats defenders off the dribble and gets to the rim. Redmond and Schultz are three-point threats.

Smithtown West Bulls

Coach Katie Combs

Last season: 10-10

F Gabby Horman 6-0 Jr.

F Mackenzie Heldberg 5-11 Sr.

G/F Sarah Harrington 5-11 Jr.

G Olivia Tockarshewsky 5-5 Sr.

G/F Rebecca Meyers 5-10 Jr.

Key Players

Outlook: Athletic team with strong off-the-ball defenders. Horman has a nice shooting touch, and alters shots on the defensive end. Heldberg, the league Rookie of the Year, is a tough rebounder and defender. Harrington has a quick first step.

West Islip Lions

Coach Chris Scharf

Last season: 9-10

Key Players

G Corrine Conste 5-6 Soph.

G Erin Schweers 5-4 Soph.

G Chelsea Sorahan 5-7 Sr.

F Peyton Ryan 5-8 Fr.

F Amanda Arena 5-9 Jr.

Outlook: With plenty of shooters, the Lions will work the ball around the perimeter and spread the scoring around. Led by a talented sophomore duo in the backcourt with Conste and Schweers.


Bellport Clippers

Coach: Ron Powell

Last season: 11-6

Key Players

G Cheyenne Cirillo 5-6 Sr.

F Chrissy Hopson 5-9 Jr.

G Talaya Guirantes G 8th grade

G Jenna Pirro 5-8 Jr.

F Shannon Gibbons 5-8 Jr.

Outlook: Guirantes — the younger sister of Arella, Long Island’s leading scorer and Suffolk player of the year has speed and the ability to attack the rim. Hopson is a reliable outside shooter. Cirillo defends perimeter players well.

Deer Park Falcons

Coach Mike Gennaro

Last season: 7-11

Key Players

G Tasia Chambers 5-7 Jr.

G Jayda Brown 5-2 Sr.

G Olivia Mosca 5-4 Sr.

G/F Julianna LaSorsa 5-7 8th grade

F Cassie Hovanec 5-5 Fr.

Outlook: Young team, featuring three freshman and two eighth graders that will press and run. Chambers is a slasher who can score in a variety of ways. Brown is a relentless defender and Mosca is a strong outside shooter.

East Islip Redmen

Coach John Caraccia

Last season: 10-8

Key Players

G Alexa Mattera 5-8 Sr.

F Jackie Carty 5-10 Jr.

G Ashley Kniff 5-7 Soph.

G Rebecca Schreiner 5-5 Jr.

G Melissa Sconone 5-5 Fr.

Outlook: Will push the ball in transition behind Mattera, who beats defenders off the dribble and draws contact. Have many outside shooting threats like Carty, Kniff, Schreiner, and newcomer Sconone, and a deep, athletic bench.

Eastport-South Manor Sharks

Coach Steve Giacolone

Last season: 5-13

Key Players

F Diamond Rodriguez 5-6 Sr.

G Laura Kesnig 5-5 Sr.

G Gillian Belfiore 5-5 Sr.

G Brittany Jordan 5-3 Sr.

F Casey Travers 5-6 Fr.

Outlook: Rodriguez rebounds and runs the floor well. Kesnig has the ability to hit the outside shot, Belfiore is aggressive and plays solid defense. Travers, a quick and athletic forward who can take the ball to the rim, has huge upside.

Half Hollow Hills West Colts

Coach Bryan Dugan

Last season: 3-15

G Tori Harris 5-10 Jr. 

F Samantha Hinke 5-8 Soph.

G Channiah Baker 5-2 Jr. 

F Samantha Pierre-Louis 5-11 Sr.  

G Alyse McAlpine 5-4 Sr. 

Outlook: A young team that will look to play pressure defense and run the court.  Led by Harris, who is one of Long Island's top scorers with her ability to get to the rim and finish. Hinke, with her speed, will also score plenty. Baker can penetrate the lane or knock down the three.  

Hauppauge Eagles

Coach Jamie Edson

Last season: 12-7

Key Players

G Katie Murphy 5-7 Jr.

G Emma Olivo 5-7 Jr.

G Kaitlyn Cronin 5-7 Jr.

F Lindsey Devine 5-9 Sr.

F Mary McKenna 6-1 Jr.

Outlook: Return 15 players from last year’s team, which gave Long Island champion, Commack, a fight in the first round, falling by just three. Murphy is lightning quick, has good range, and is a strong one-on-one defender. Devine, the only senior on the roster, has good footwork in the post and when boxing out.

Kings Park Kingsmen

Coach Tom Edmundson

Last season: 15-5

Key Players

G/F Tiffany Slicklein 5-10 Jr.

G/F Kiera Ahern 5-8 Sr.

G Taylor Slicklein 5-11 Jr.

G Selena Ubriaco 5-9 Jr.

G Sam Schultz 5-11 Soph.

Outlook: Team can shoot from anywhere but will also create points by forcing turnovers and getting out on the break. Tiffany Slicklein is a double-double machine who can play inside and out. Her twin sister, Taylor, has a great outside shot and generates a lot of steals. Ahern gets physical in the paint.

West Babylon Eagles

Coach Debbie McGuire

Last season: 7-11

Key Players

G Shannon McGuire 5-6 Jr.

G Samantha Geiersbach 5-7 Sr.

F/C Tiffany Claud 6-0 Sr.

F Kiera Layden 5-7 Jr.

F Breanna Kuhner 5-8 Sr.

Outlook: All five starters return, forming a well-rounded team with quick guards and strong post players. McGuire, the team’s leading scorer, is a strong ball handler and has a nice touch from the outside. Geiersbach creates off the dribble and is solid defensively.


Amityville Warriors

Coach Shabue Mosley

Last season: 8-10

Key Players

G La’Niya Clark 5-7 Jr.

C Tamia Lawhorn 5-10 Fr.

F Taylor Lawhorn 5-10 Fr.

G Cierra Laforest 5-5 Jr.

F Emaree Hinton 6-0 Soph.

Outlook: Clark is a good three-point shooter and defender. Tamia Lawhorn can control the paint on both ends with her ability to post-up, rebound, and block shots. He twin sister, Taylor, shoots well and is a slasher.

Islip Buccaneers

Coach Dave Goodman

Last season: 14-6

Key Players

G/F Meg Oberg 6-2 Sr.

F Sanne van Poelgeest 6-1 Jr.

G Taryn Ohlmiller 5-8 Sr.

F Julia Hande 5-9 Sr.

G Caleigh DeCaprio 5-3 Sr.

Outlook: Team won’t use much of the shot clock. The starting five is big, strong, and fast, and each player can knock down the three. Oberg causes match-up problems with her size and ability to handle the ball, shoot from the outside, and post-up. Van Poelgeest is a strong inside player, a relentless defender, and a flashy distributor. Ohlmiller can light up the scoreboard.

Comsewogue Warriors

Coach Joe Caltagirone

Last season: 14-6

Key Players

G Nora Gabel 5-8 Soph.

F Samantha Collins 6-0 Jr.

G Megan Turner 5-7 Jr.

F Toni Ann Velazquez 5-9 Sr.

G Lauren Gray 5-6 Jr.

Outlook: Defensive-minded team that will look to control the tempo of the game. Gabel, a strong perimeter defender, can create her own shot and get to the free throw line. Collins will bring a scoring punch. Turner guards the best wing player.

Harborfields Tornadoes

Coach Glenn Lavey

Last season: 19-5

G Christiana de Borja, 5-3 Jr.

F Falyn Dwyer, 5-8 Jr.

F Erin Tucker, 5-7 Soph.

C Grace Zagaja, 5-8 Jr.

G Kate Tardo, 5-6 Jr.

Outlook: The floor general for the two-time defending county champions is de Borja, who is untrappable because of her ability to dribble with both hands. Dwyer, a slasher, brings athleticism. Angela Derin stretches the floor and is instant offense off the bench with her outside shot. Lavey, an associate head coach with county champion Commack last season, will instill an up-tempo offense and constant man-to-man defensive pressure.

Rocky Point Eagles

Coach Scott Lindsay

Last season: 4-14

Key Players

C Brianna Sander 5-10 Sr.

G Makayla Peacock 5-9 Sr.

G Christina Bellissimo 5-3 Soph.

F Julia Jauhiainen 5-10 Sr.

G Madison Hyrsko 5-9 Sr.

Outlook: An athletic bunch that prides itself on defense. Jauhiainen, an exchange student from Finland, is very strong in the post and can also shoot from the outside. Sander will control the boards and Peacock is a three-point threat.

Sayville Golden Flashes

Coach Phil DePompeo

Last season: 11-8


Westhampton Hurricanes

Coach Katie Peters

Last season: 6-12

Key Players

F Shea Casey 5-11 Sr.

G Madison Skala 5-3 Sr.

G Belle Smith 5-7 8th grade

F Lindsay Rongo 5-10 Fr.

G/F Kaila Gagne 5-10 Sr.

Outlook: Fast and athletic team led by Casey, a strong post player who can create underneath. Skala is sound defensively. Smith has speed and great court sense.


Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms

Coach Toni Mulgrave

Last season: 4-14

G Emily Toy 5-6 Sr.

G/F Kelly Young 5-8 Sr.

F Kasey Koerner 5-11 Soph.

G Cassidy Weeks 5-5 Soph.

G Courtney Weeks 5-5 Soph.

Outlook: Young and growing team that is strong defensively. Toy is the primary scoring threat with her outside shot and also plays strong pressure defense. Young slashes to the basket, and defends opposing team’s better players.

East Hampton Bonackers

Coach Howard Wood

Last season: 1-16

Key Players

G Jackie Thorsen 5-8 Jr.

F Catherine Fleming 5-8 Sr.

F Taliya Hayes 5-8 Sr.

G Madison Gregg 5-3 Sr.

G Cecilia Blowe 5-5 Sr.

Outlook: Thorsen is an athletic guard who does a little of everything on the court. Fleming is a low-post presence, and a reliable help defender. Hayes is also tough down low and can spot up for the three.

Glenn Knights

Coach Andy Athanas

Last season: 17-4

Key Players

G Alexis Groark 5-10 Sr.

F Julia Molano 6-0 Sr.

G Maggie McGuckin 5-8 Jr.

G Alexis Stickelman 5-8 Sr.

G Alyssa Adomaites 5-3 Fr.

Outlook: The Class A county runner-up is led by Groark, a slasher who can play multiple positions. Molano is an excellent rebound and post player. McGuckin has a good handle and range. T’orra Scurry will be another scoring threat and contributor on the boards.

Hampton Bays Baymen

Coach John Paga

Last season: 19-4

Key Players

G Alexis Fotopoulos 5-8 Sr.

G Hannah Reed 5-9 Sr.

F Niamh Canwell 5-11 Sr.

G Mackenzie Tyler 5-4 Soph.

G Anna Rose Dean 5-8 Soph.

Outlook: Four-guard set will push the ball and fire away from three-point land. The defending Class B county champs are led by Fotopoulos, a three-point specialist who is the program’s all-time leading scorer. Reed is a pure shooter. Canwell is an inside presence with her shot blocking and rebounding ability.

Miller Place Panthers

Coach Joe Read

Last season: 11-8

Key Players

F Danielle Bambola 5-9 Sr.

G Jess Powers 5-4 Sr.

G Jackie Whimple 5-4 Sr.

F Milan Hatcher 5-8 Sr.

F Ally Deleva 5-8 Soph.

Outlook: Bambola has power under the boards and a nice stroke from the outside. Powers is a playmaker. Whimple is a defensive stopper. Hatcher, a transfer, will make an impact. Deleva is a solid two-way player.

Mount Sinai Mustangs

Coach Michael Pappalardo

Last season: 11-8

Key Players

C Veronica Venezia 5-10 Jr.

G Victoria Johnson 5-4 Jr.

G Gabby Sartori 5-8 Fr.

G Brooke Cergol 5-7 Fr.

F Olivia Williams 5-7 Soph.

Outlook: All starters return from last year’s team, which finished strong and helped the Mustangs make the playoffs for the first time in five years. High-scoring offense will be led by Johnson, who can score in a variety of ways. Venezia is a force in the paint and on the boards.

Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats

Coach Adam Lievre

Last season: 9-7

Key Players

G Mackenzie Zajac 5-8 Jr.

G Samantha Higgins 5-4 Jr.

F Maria Smith 5-9 Jr.

G Mikayla Dwyer 5-5 Soph.

G Sophia Triandafils 5-6 Jr.

Outlook: Fast pace team filled with athletes. Zajac is a threat from the perimeter and sees plays before they develop. Higgins looks to get teammates involved. Smith is a strong rebounder who is quick to the basket. Dwyer is a playmaker who attacks the rim. Triandafils is a tough defender.


Babylon Panthers

Coach Chris Ryan

Last season: 14-6

Key Players

G Emily Guerra 5-9 Sr.

G Shayne Antolini 5-4 Sr.

G/F Megan Nerney 5-5 Jr.

F Nicole Holder 5-9 Sr.

G Julia Vella 5-2 Soph.

Outlook: The Class B county runner-up plays a structured offense, led by Guera, who shoots well and can play any position on the floor, and Antolini, a point guard who runs the offense with great court vision.

Center Moriches Red Devils

Coach Rich Roberts

Last season: 6-9

F Caroline Casey 5-8 Sr. 

F Kristina Baldanda 5-9  Jr. 

G Megan Ricci 5-2 Sr. 

G Sophia Sachnievich 5-5 Sr.

G Samantha Gangi 5-5 Jr. 

Outlook: Aggressive defensive team that looks to rebound and push in transition. Casey is the anchor of the defense and is a threat offensively on the low block.  Baldanda is a swing player who can score inside and out.  Ricci is a distributor.  

Mattituck Tuckers

Coach Steve Van Dood

Last season: 10-10

Key Players

G Katie Hoeg 5-11 Sr.

F Liz Dwyer 5-10 Soph.

F Corinne Reda 5-9 Jr.

G Brianna Perino 5-5 Sr.

G Mackenzie Daly 5-7 Soph.

Outlook: Aggressive pressing team that will force turnovers and control the pace of play. Hoeg has an inside and outside game, Dwyer can shoot the three and post up, Reda anticipates well and is a ballhawk defender.

Mercy Monarchs

Coach Meaghan Macarthur

Last season: 5-13

Key Players

F Juliana Cintron-Leonardo 5-8 Sr.

G Dayna Young 5-8 Sr.

G Mia Behrens 5-7 Jr.

F Melina Santacroce 5-11 Soph.

G Olivia Kneski 5-7 Soph.

Outlook: Run-and-gun offense will feature quick passes. Cintron-Leonardo is strong in the paint and a tenacious rebounder. Young is an active defender who cuts off passing lanes. Behrens handles well and will push the tempo.

Pierson/Bridgehampton Whalers

Coach Kevin Barron

Last season: 9-11

Key Players

G Nia Dawson 5-8 Jr.

C Erica Selyukova 5-10 Sr.

F Lily Kot 5-7 Jr.

G Katie Kneeland 5-8 Fr.

G Isabel Peters 5-6 Jr.

Outlook: Focus will be on defense and forcing turnovers to create transition buckets, led by Selyukova, a strong defensive presence underneath the basket. Dawson can cut through the lane and finish. Kot is a high-energy player.

Port Jefferson Royals

Coach Ed Duddy

Last season: 15-4

Key Players

G Courtney Lewis 5-7 Jr.

G Jillian Colucci 5-3 Jr.

F/C Gillian Kenah 5-9 Jr.

G Annabelle Soucy 5-3 Jr.

F/C Samantha Ayotte 5-8 8th grade

Outlook: Lewis, a solid all-around player with her shooting, handling, and passing skills — averaged more than 19 points per game last season. Colucci, is an athletic point guard who will find the open teammate or pull-up for the three. Kenah protects the paint by swatting shots and taking charges.

Southampton Mariners

Coach Richard Wingfield

Last season: 0-16

Key Players

F Gianni Willis 5-7 Sr.

G Tavia Jeffries 5-5 Sr.

G Cloe Scheuch 5-5 Sr.

G Brooklyn Walker 5-3 Sr.

G/F Somina Ward 5-8 Sr.

Outlook: Willis is a versatile player who will bring the ball up, play in the post, and generate offense. Jeffries and Scheuch can also handle the ball. Walker is a defensive specialist, Ward a three-point specialist.

Southold/Greenport Clippers

Coach Chris Golden

Last season: 9-7

Key Players

G Madison Tabor 5-3 Jr.

G Angelica Klavas 5-7 Jr.

F Grace Syron 5-8 Soph.

G Toni Esposito 5-3 Jr.

G Ale Cardi 5-6 Soph.

Outlook: Quick team that will move off the ball to create open shots. Tabor, who led the team in points and steals per game, is a strong ball handler and has range. Klavas slashes and cuts to the basket well. Syron is a strong, physical player in the paint.

Stony Brook Bears

Coach Jeremy Donovan

Last season: 1-9

G Annie Skorobohaty 5-9 Sr.

G Samantha Petersen 5-6 Soph.

F Danielle Graves 5-9 Soph.

G Meghan Hutzler 5-7 Jr.

F Jessica Nwachukwu 5-11 Soph.

Outlook: Skorobohaty is the prototypical point guard, with a strong handle and a great outside jumper. Peterson attacks the basket on the dribble and plays strong defense. Graves is strong around the basket.

Wyandanch Warriors

Coach Angelique L. Shannon

Last season: 3-15

Key Players

G Rasauna Melendez 5-2 Soph.

C Robyn Kelly 5-9 8th grade

G Brianna Day-Elie 5-1 Fr.

F Malaysia Wright 5-4 Fr.

G Laila Buchanan 4-11 Soph.

Outlook: Quick and aggressive team that compensates for its lack of height with speed and agility. Melendez is a quick defender and can shoot the three. Kelly fights for rebounds and can play inside and out.

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