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Suffolk IV girls basketball preview

Huntington's Heather Forster gets fouled by Copaigue's Tracy

Huntington's Heather Forster gets fouled by Copaigue's Tracy McFadden on the rebound shot. (Jan. 22, 2013) Photo Credit: George A. Faella

SUFFOLK IV

1. HUNTINGTON BLUE DEVILS

Coach: Mike Kaplan

Key players

G/F/C Heather Forster 6-1

PG Katie Nugent 5-7

G/F Samantha Lynch 5-9

F Joellen Ceide 5-9

G Mackenzie Maloney 5-6

Outlook: Bulk of team returns and adds Lynch, who causes mismatches.

2. KINGS PARK KINGSMEN

Coach: Tom Edmundson

Key players

PG Shannon Ahern 5-7

G Emily Santoli 5-7

SG Kayla Teape 5-6

F Tiffany Slickleine 5-10

C Emily Stephens 6-2

Outlook: A balanced, up-tempo team that had solid guard play, strong shooters around the perimeter and bigs who can handle the ball in the post.

3. DEER PARK FALCONS

Coach: Mike Gennaro

Key players

PG Kristy Vitucci 5-6

SG Adrianna Cammarata 5-6

F Sabrina Grunseich 5-9

G Jayda Brown 5-2

G Juliet Quirindongo 5-5

Outlook: Feature a plethora of guards who can put the ball in the basket, none more so than Vitucci.

4. HAUPPAUGE EAGLES

Coach: Jamie Edson

Key players

F Carly Tellekamp 6-1

G Caitlyn Rorke 5-6

F Danielle Valenza 6-1

G Katie Murphy 5-7

G Alex Scauri 5-6

Outlook: Looking to follow up on last year's playoff run behind Tellekamp, a double-double machine and Rorke, a threat from the perimeter.

5. EAST ISLIP REDMEN

Coach: John Caraccia

Key players

PG Alexa Mattera 5-7

C Katie Walsh 5-11

G Brianna Demeo 5-7

F Jackie Carti 5-9

G Lara Meehan 5-6

Outlook: A young, athletic team that will get up and down quickly in transition with Mattera, an explosive scorer, and Walsh, a solid post player.

6. BELLPORT CLIPPERSCoach: Rodney O'Neal

Key players

G/F Arella Guirantes 5-10

PG Timaya Wilkins 5-2

SG Nicole Powell 5-4

G Hailey Wagner 5-7

F Maame Amankwah 5-8

Outlook: Strong in transition offense with everything running through first-team All-Long Islander Guirantes.

7. HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST COLTS

Coach: Stefanie Mouzakes

Key players

G Brittany Hodge 5-3

G Alyse McAlpine 5-3

G Tori Harris 5-11

F Daniella DeSabato 5-5

C Samantha Pierre-Louis 5-11

Outlook: A young, guard-oriented team led by Hodge and McAlpine, who can both handle and distribute, and Harris, who has a nice shooting touch.

8. WEST BABYLON EAGLES

Coach: Debbie McGuire

Key players

G Madison Vasquez 5-6

G Samantha Apuzzo 5-6

F Kelsey Hammel 6-0

G Shannon McGuire 5-5

F Tiffany Claud 5-8

Outlook: Led by the strong shooting of Vasquez and a solid defensive unit, led by Apuzzo.

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