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Suffolk I girls basketball team-by-team outlook

Central Islip's Myha Lombert #1 prepares to pass

Central Islip's Myha Lombert #1 prepares to pass the ball during the first half of the section XI High School Girls Basketball finals between Central Islip and Mt. Sinai at Suffolk Community College in Selden on March 5, 2017. Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

BRENTWOOD INDIANS

Last season: 13-10

Coach: Chris Harrison

KEY PLAYERS

Tyleah Brown C 6-0 Sr.; Talia Drakeford F 5-10 Sr.; Josselyn Herrera F 5-11 Jr.; Tyla Michael G 5-8 Jr.; Ashley Richards G 5-5 Jr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS: Fresh off a semifinal appearance and looking for a seventh straight playoff berth.

CENTRAL ISLIP MUSKETEERS

Last season: 9-11

Coach: Paul Venturi

KEY PLAYERS

Ayanna Edwards G 5-3 Soph.; Hannah Greene F 5-8 Soph.; Samara Jaco F 5-8 Jr.; Myha Lombert G 5-4 Sr.; Genisis Mena F 5-8 Jr.

ABOUT THE MUSKETEERS: New to Suffolk League 1, they hope defense leads to low-scoring games.

COMMACK COUGARS

Last season: 24-2

Coach: Denis Conroy

KEY PLAYERS

Claire Janis F 5-8 Soph.; Katie Kelly G 5-3 Sr.; Amanda McMahon G/F 5-8 Sr.; Emily Mooney G/F 5-8 Sr.; Olivia Vasselman G 5-5 Soph.

ABOUT THE COUGARS: Always a contender, Commack must replace four starters but should be a top team.

FLOYD COLONIALS

Last season: 1-19

Coach: Rich Sinclair

KEY PLAYERS

Cynthia Barnosky G 5-7 Fr.; Hailey Loughlin F 5-11 Sr.; Cassidy Samuelson F 5-10 Jr.; Katie Stevenson G 5-5 Jr.; Alexandria Walbroehl F 6-0 Soph.

ABOUT THE COLONIALS: Return four starters including a trio of forwards who are the team’s backbone.

LONGWOOD LIONS

Last season: 16-5

Coach: James Castiglione

KEY PLAYERS

Janelle Brown PG 5-6 Jr.; Nyia Longford F 5-8 Sr.; Taydra Simpson G 5-10 Fr.; Tatiana Stevens F 5-9 Sr.; Kaneasha Strider G 5-3 Sr.

ABOUT THE LIONS: Last year was big, but this one could be bigger with Brown and Longford returning.

PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD RAIDERS

Last season: 2-12

Coach: Leighann Gallagher

KEY PLAYERS

Caitlin Dellecave G 5-9 Jr.; Samantha Farrington G 5-10 Soph.; Alexa Maggiacomo F 5-11 Jr.; Melanie McClinchey G 5-6 Sr.; Emma Remien F 5-11 Jr.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS: Looking to play intense basketball under Gallagher, the program’s new coach.

SACHEM EAST FLAMING ARROWS

Last season: 11-10

Coach: Kristen Doherty

KEY PLAYERS

Meredith Caviglia G 5-6 Soph.; Emma Lange G 5-7 Sr.; Hannah Ruberto F 5-10 Sr.; Sam Szatkowski G/F 5-7 Sr.; Mackenzie Szlosek G 5-6 Soph.

ABOUT THE FLAMING ARROWS: Hoping to make the playoffs for the 15th straight season despite graduating 70 percent of the team’s scoring.

SACHEM NORTH FLAMING ARROWS

Last season: 13-9

Coach: James Mellor

KEY PLAYERS

Corinne Amato G 5-7 Sr.; Hailey Hallum F 5-10 Sr.; Kennadie Hallum G 6-1 Soph.; Jackie Mannix F 5-10 Sr.; Julia Turano F 5-11 Fr.

ABOUT THE FLAMING ARROWS: The Hallums lead the way for an Arrows team hoping to build off its playoff berth.

WARD MELVILLE PATRIOTS

Last season: 11-10

Coach: Sammy Prahalis

KEY PLAYERS

Jamie Agostino G 5-8 Jr.; Bre Cohn G 5-9 Sr.; Molly Cronin G 5-7 Jr.; Lauren Hansen G 5-7 Sr.; Noelle Richardson F 5-9 Sr.

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS: Agostino and Cohn provides support for Hansen on a team poised to make a splash.

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