Senior forwards Justine Lago (5-5) and Flannery Carney (5-8) and junior forwards Rebecca D'Anna (5-5) and Maggie Weiskopf (5-5) also hope to contribute.

Notre Dame Prep

2010-2011 record: 20-4, IAAM B Conference champions

Returning starter: Junior guard Sydney Tommins (5-9).


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Breakdown: Knowing that most B Conference rivals would like nothing better than to knock off the defending champs, the Blazers have steeled themselves to be on upset alert at all times.

Coach Katie Marks notes that her team is "young in terms of experience, but very deep in terms of leadership. We have many players who understand the expectations of what it takes to be a high caliber team."

With Tommins orchestrating the offense, NDP is in good hands. She is a terrific ballhandler and distributor with a knack for scoring as well.

With that said, the Blazers still must find other players to complement Tommins on the perimeter. The most likely candidates to do that are seniors Hannah Hartman (5-8), Becky Felmeister (5-7) and Sarah Kasun (5-4).

Down low, look for seniors Mattie Milchling ( 6-1) and Brenda Tester (5-9) and junior Angela Healy (5-9) to take charge.

While most of those players were in a reserve role last season, they appear to be ready for prime time.

"(Those) girls have been learning from great players before them, and are now ready to have their turn in the spotlight," Marks said. "Our team is very different from last year's, and we are still working on completely establishing our identity."

Roland Park

2010-2011 record: 13-12

Returning starters: Senior guard Daisy Alaeze (5-10), senior forward Christa Reese (5-9) and junior guard Beth Kelly (5-11).

Breakdown: While the Reds lost three starters to graduation, having Kelly and Alaeze back as anchors in a revamped lineup will help the squad navigate a rugged IAAM A Conference schedule.

"They drive the bus," Roland Park coach Scott Buckley said about his backcourt stars.

Kelly will run the point for the Reds — when Alaeze doesn't. Seniors Serene Mirza (5-3) and Betsy Angel (5-5), who scored 10 points in the fourth quarter of a season-opening victory over St. Paul's School for Girls, are other ballhandlers Buckley can bring in off the bench.

Freshman guard Francesca Whitehurst (5-6) will see plenty of quality minutes as well. Backcourt reserves include junior Haley Hauser (5-8) and sophomore Alexis Green (5-5).

Up front, freshman Michala Clay (6-1) and Lindsey Edwards (5-10) get the starting nod with senior Devon Hitt (5-11) and junior Erika Brager (5-8) in relief roles.

Sophomore Tatyana Carter (5-11) has yet to play due to an injury.