Top returning players: Elora Montgomery, sr., G; Jordyn Beers, jr., F; Celine Lawrence, jr., G/F; Natalie Herbold, jr., G; Casey Perry, soph., C
Other key players: Miranda Montgomery, sr., F; Kara Anderson, jr., G; Alicia Richards, jr., F; Noelle Barrett, jr., F; Lauren Cusson, jr., F; Angelina Bisson, soph., G
Outlook: The Hawks are again deep, though not as deep as they’ll be in a couple weeks when Herbold and Richards return to the lineup. “That’s what other coaches in the league tell us: We’re a tough team to scout,” said Freeman. “Our leading scorer might have six points but the lineup will be 6-6-6-5-5-5.” … Bisson, a late-season call-up from the JV team who scored a game-high 16 points in a tournament win over Fryeburg, will slide into the point guard role. She’ll complement a strong junior class that began logging varsity minutes as freshmen. … As always, shooting will be a key. “When we’re making shots, we’re a real tough matchup,” said Freeman. … The Hawks open at home against Falmouth on Friday.
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Coach: Steve Freeman, 2nd season
2016-17 result: 13-7, lost to Brunswick in Class A South semifinals
Top returning players: Nina Howe, soph., G; Jackie Tabora, jr, F
Other key players: Julia Babcock, sr., G; Delaney LaBonte, fr., G; Hannah Gennaro, jr, F
Outlook: Howe, the lone returning starter from last year’s team, suffered a knee injury in last year’s tournament loss to Brunswick but is scheduled to be the starting point guard for the Wildcats in Friday’s opener at Class B Yarmouth. “She has looked good so far in the scrimmages,” Freeman said. … Howe and Tabora have been named team captains. … LaBonte impressed last year as a freshman and most likely will slide into a starting role. … The Wildcats will not compete in a holiday tournament this season. York has a game against Westbrook on the last day before vacation as well as games at Falmouth and Fryeburg Academy on the final days of vacation. “We were looking at playing in the Portsmouth tournament, but we wanted to give the girls some down time,” Freeman said. … York’s home opener will be Tuesday against Gray-New Gloucester.
CLASS AA SOUTH
Coach: Matt Reid, 1st season
2016-17 result: 1-17, did not qualify for Class AA South tournament
Top returning players: Alexis Morrill, jr., G; Amy Fleming, soph., G; Raegan Kelly, soph., G
Other key players: Tori Exel, fr., F; Maddy Howard, soph., G; Emma Noel, sr., G; Liz Hamel, soph., G/F; Kelsey Lessard, soph., G
Outlook: New coach Reid is a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School and comes to Noble after serving eight years as a coach in the Cape system. A graduate of UCal-San Diego, Reid replaces Paul Marquis, who stepped down after three years and now coaches the York boys. … The Knights were more competitive last year playing a largely young lineup, and that should continue this year. Morrill, Fleming and Kelly are returning starters. … “We’ll do the little things as a program to get to a point to get the end results that we want,” said Reid, who teaches at Noble Middle School. … Noble hosts Maine Girls’ Academy in its opener Friday.
CLASS C SOUTH
Coach: Scott Blake, 5th season
2016-17 result: 6-13, lost to Waynflete in Class C South prelims
Top returning players: Cassidy Delano, sr., F; Reilly Eddy, sr., F
Other key players: Claire Dodge, sr., F; Kiley Chambers, sr., G; Julia Campion, soph., G; Emma Ackerman, soph., G/F; Tezeta Haizea Aldaz Zufiaurre, soph., G; Addy Hale, fr., G; Jennifer McCluskey, fr., G; Kiki Huntress, fr., G
Outlook: The Rangers take the court with a pair of proven frontcourt players in the 5-foot-7 Delano, who’s averaged at least 10 points a game in each of her first three seasons, and the 5-foot-10 Eddy. “Early on, that’s where our strength is going to be, for sure,” said Blake. … The backcourt is young and promising. Hale, part of a solid incoming freshman class, will handle the point guard duties. … Blake thinks this year’s team is deeper than last year and has a good shot to get through the prelims and play in Augusta. “Our goal every year is to get to Augusta,” he said. “Last year we came up short and that was disappointing to me because I thought we were better than we showed.” … Traip opens Friday at St. Dominic Academy.
Coach: Martin Campbell, 1st season
2016-17 result: 7-12, did not qualify for postseason
Top returning players: Sophia Chauvin, sr., F; Paxton Howe, sr., C; Daisy Aromando, jr., F
Other key players: Shruthi Sundar, jr., F; Tess Gianoulis, fr., G; Maggie Kirwan, fr., G; Amelia Whitcomb, fr., F; Chloe Brin, fr., G; Jennifer Scott, fr., C
Outlook: Berwick has a roster of young, inexperienced but exciting players looking to mature throughout the season. BA will have a completely different look as it welcomes a new head coach and several freshmen to the team, while only boasting four returning players. … Adara Groman, who reached 1,000 career points last year as a sophomore, transferred to Worcester (Mass.) Academy. … Although short on experience, the Bulldogs do have a hard-working core group of players that are prepared for the challenge. … “We are focusing on becoming a team that goes out and competes every game on both ends of the floor,” Campbell said. “We want teams to know that even though we may be young and inexperienced, that we will be ready to play every time we step on the court.”