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Suffolk VI girls basketball team-by-team outlook

Pierson's Katie Kneeland #2 takes a foul shot

Pierson's Katie Kneeland #2 takes a foul shot during Port Jefferson's victory over Pierson in the Suffolk County girls basketball Class C finals at Riverhead High School in Riverhead on Feb 18, 2017. Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

BABYLON PANTHERS

Last season: 11-9

Coach: Chris Ryan

KEY PLAYERS

Erin Corcoran F/G 5-7 Jr.; Danielle Donaldson G 5-6 Jr.; Lorraine Felisme G 5-5 Fr.; Lauren Jurs F 5-7 Sr.; Emma Ward G 5-3 Jr.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS: Graduated all five starters but tough defensive play has Babylon poised for a run.

  

CENTER MORICHES

RED DEVILS

Last season: 1-17

Coach: Rich Roberts

KEY PLAYERS

Indya Brown G 5-3 Sr.; Bella Burke G 5-5 Fr.; Grace Castiglione F 5-6 Jr.; Nylla Coffey F 5-6 Sr.; Sabrina Scuria G 5-4 Sr.

ABOUT THE RED DEVILS: Brown and Scuria can get to the basket, while Burke is a strong shooter.

  

EAST HAMPTON BONACKERS

Last season: 0-16

Coach: Krista Brooks

KEY PLAYERS

Connie Chan F 5-8 Sr.; Kailey Marmeno G 5-5 Jr.; Alden Powers G 5-6 Jr.

ABOUT THE BONACKERS: Two returning seniors will help usher in a new era under first-year coach Brooks.

  

GREENPORT/SOUTHOLD PORTERS

Last season: 4-12

Coach: Skip Gehring

KEY PLAYERS

Adrine Demircyan SG 5-6 Fr.; Samantha Dunne SG 5-6 Sr.; Julia Jacklevic SF 5-7 Soph; Molly Tuthill SF 5-7 Jr.; Brittany Walker PG 5-4 Sr.

ABOUT THE PORTERS: A young team with “strong basketball skills,” according to Gehring.

  

HAMPTON BAYS BAYMEN

Last season: 6-14

Coach: Darryl K. Johnson

KEY PLAYERS

Pamela Grajales SG 5-4 Jr.; Bryona Hayes F 5-9 Fr.; Rebecca Heaney PG 5-6 Jr.; Sarah Montalvo SF 5-7 Fr.; Kaitlyn Mounts F 5-9 Fr.

ABOUT THE BAYMEN: Johnson, the program’s new coach, has talented young players to work with.  

MATTITUCK TUCKERS

Last season: 20-3

Coach: Steve Van Dood

KEY PLAYERS

Dominique Crews G 5-8 Sr.; Mackenzie Hoeg G 5-9 Jr.; Rachel Janis G 5-8 Sr.; Julie Seifert C 5-10 Sr.; Jaden Thompson G 5-8 Sr.

ABOUT THE TUCKERS: County champions who graduated all five starters are still athletic and in contention.

  

PIERSON/BRIDGEHAMPTON WHALERS

Last season: 11-9

Coach: Kevin Barron

KEY PLAYERS

Celia Barranco PF 5-11 Sr.; Aziza El C 5-11 Sr.; Chastin Giles PG 5-3 Jr.; Katie Kneeland G 5-9 Sr.; Paige Schaefer G 5-8 Sr.

ABOUT THE WHALERS: Kneeland leads the team has a dynamic scorer, and Giles is a true point guard.

  

PORT JEFFERSON ROYALS

Last season: 4-14

Coach: Mike Weaver

KEY PLAYERS

Samantha Ayotte F 5-11 Jr.; Hailey Hearney PG 5-7 Soph.; Lola Idir G 5-6 8th; Abigail Rolfe PF/C 5-9 Fr.; Evelyn Walker SG 5-7 Soph.

ABOUT THE ROYALS: Moving up into Class B means the Royals will be tested, but they return four starters and three key reserves.

  

SMITHTOWN CHRISTIAN KNIGHTS

Last season: No varsity team

Coach: John Vaeth

KEY PLAYERS

Abigail Laiacano G 5-4 8th; Jane McCabe C 5-11 Sr.; Dorothy Pierre F 5-10 Sr.; Heidi Schneider G 5-7 Sr.; Angel Wang F 5-6 Jr.

ABOUT THE KNIGHTS: Back playing at the varsity level, they’re looking to compete each night.

  

SOUTHAMPTON MARINERS

Last season: 3-15

Coach: Rich Wingfield

KEY PLAYERS

Cristine Delgado G 5-5 Soph; Caraline Oakley F 5-9 Jr.; Taylor Pike G 5-4 Sr.; Madison Taylor G 5-0 Fr.; Alysha Thomas F 5-8 Jr.

ABOUT THE MARINERS: Moving down to Class B, the Mariners will lean on Pike for stability.

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