2010-2011 record: 12-8
Returning starters: Senior guards Kayla Toole (5-5) and Christie Moyer (5-2).
Breakdown: Cautious optimism is the mood at Loch Raven, considering the Raiders are primed for another solid season.
"I think it's rare that I have everyone on the same page, in terms of work ethic," said Allyson Sieka, a second-year coach. "I never have to come to the gym and ask them to work hard. I feel very confident."
Toole is the Raiders' sharpshooter. She led the team in scoring last year, averaging 15 points per game.
"She can shoot lights-out," Sieka said. "She hit five threes in one half against Western Tech last year."
Sophomore Courtney Genovese (5-5) will give Loch Raven aggressive play at point guard while making an immediate impact.
"I am looking for a leader and she has a lot of leadership skills for a young player," Sieka said. "I think she is going to be a very strong defender. Last year on the JV, she averaged like six points and 12 points a game."
Moyer should also be a factor in the backcourt.
Seniors Carly Cannon (5-2) and Abbie Ruppel (5-4) and sophomore Jessica Carpenter (5-2) also return to the varsity to bolster that area.
"We are smaller than last year, but we have more speed," Sieka said.
Returning senior forward Kelly Bilz (5-8) figures to anchor the frontcourt.
Sieka would like senior first-year player Hannah Jenkins (5-8), junior forwards Destiny Cromer (5-7), a junior varsity call-up, and Cheslea Hunt (5-8), also first-year player, another first-year player, to contribute quality minutes in the paint.
Junior guards Cammie Justis (5-5) and Sammie Knapp (5-4) and junior guard/forward Meredith Moore (5-6) give the Raiders a few more options off the bench.
2010-2011 record: 5-13
Returning starters: Senior guard Margaret Paules (5-6), senior center Anna Stephens (6-0) and senior forward Tereza Roros (5-8).
Breakdown: The Saints have a great shot at .500 or better in the IAAM C Conference.
After Lutheran took its lumps last year, the outlook is much rosier under coach Brent Johnson.