The only other returning varsity players from that elite squad are senior point guard Kara Hand (5-5), sophomore forward Eve Luckowski (5-9) and sophomore guard Lilly Robb (5-7).

The rest of the lineup are varsity newcomers, including sophomore Glenelg transfer Nicolette Jennings (5-10) in the frontcourt.

Senior Julie Gillis (5-6) and sophomore Sammi Gillis (5-1) add depth to the backcourt while junior Caroline Williams (5-6) brings a defensive presence to the hardwood.

Junior forwards Elena Salas (5-11), and Jasmine Couvillion (5-10), junior guard Katie Sauter (5-2) and freshman center Taylor Swenski (5-11) give depth.

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"We have four varsity returning players trying to mesh with the younger players," Armstrong said. "We are a work in progress."

Seton Keough

2010-2011 record: 23-8

Returning starters: Junior guard Stixz Wilson (5-6)

Breakdown: New coach Jody Powell takes over for Jackie Boswell, and inherits a team that lost three four-year varsity players and one three-year varsity veteran.

Powell, who coached the previous four seasons at D.W. Daniel High in South Carolina, watched her squad open the season with a hard-fought effort in a 49-44 loss to Elizabeth Seton.

Wilson was sidelined with a concussion and her leadership and scoring touch were sorely missed. However, the new cast of starters proved they will provide an up-tempo attacking offense and relentless defense.

"It's going to be fun to watch," Powell said. "We'll probably lose some games we shouldn't lose and win some games we shouldn't win. That's all part of the grind."

Besides point guard Wilson, others with varsity experience are senior guards Miracle Davis (5-7), Kahla McCormick (5-7) and Nesha Elliot (5-7), sophomore guards Brooke Fields (5-6) and Destiny Davis (5-7), junior forward Karli Zeps (5-9) and sophomore forward Karigan Awkward (5-9).

Fields, McCormick and Miracle Davis started in the backcourt in the opener, while Zeps and junior Hollie Booker (5-10) were in the paint.

Destiny Davis came off the bench to add a spark at guard with three steals and freshman forward Jade Porter (5-8) boosted the interior game with eight points and six rebounds to garner the team's 'hustle award.'

Junior forwards Danielle Veney (5-10) and Gannon Costello (5-9), and junior guard Haley Reibling (5-5) round out the squad.

The biggest obstacle is learning how to do things for the first time.

"We are trying to put in a whole new system, down to every inbounds play, and that's a lot for kids to learn," Powell said.

Western Tech

2010-2011 record: 20-4

Returning starters: Senior forwards Ateh Ade (5-11) and Jayde Duncan (6-0), senior guard Tyshay Montgomery (5-7) and sophomore guard Sydney Clopton (5-4).

Breakdown: After a 20-4 record in his first season as varsity head coach, Nolan Roe is excited about an experienced squad, that includes three senior veterans and Clopton, who were keys to last year's success.

Forward Geraldine Ezeka is the only other senior, but junior forward Daija Coles (5-10) and junior wings Shannon Staton (5-6) and Autumn Tapley (5-7) are also ready to contribute.

Sophomore guard Ebonee Dixon (5-8), is out for the season with a knee injury, which could open some playing time for the emergence of freshman Deja Dennis (5-8).

Freshman center Kaitlin Page (5-11) figures to blossom in the paint.

Catonsville High coach Mike Mohler, whose Comets host the Wolverines Friday, Dec. 9 at 5:15 p.m., is impressed with the neighborhood rival, saying "They are very, very good. They could easily be the best team in the county."