Kelly, who can use her long frame to get open for shots from the perimeter when she isn't distributing the ball, is a terrific complement to the high-flying Alaeze, a Virginia Commonwealth University recruit who does a little bit of everything for the Reds.

"Daisy is growing into her leadership role," Buckley said. "It's been great for the younger kids to see that."

St. Paul's

2010-2011 record: 1-21

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Returning starters: Senior guard/forward Katie Kreps (5-10), junior guard Eboni Dorsey (5-6).

Breakdown: This is a completely revamped squad with a new coach who took over after a year's hiatus.

Coach Jim Stromberg has eight freshmen on the varsity and four of them contributed nicely in the Gators' season-opening 43-39 overtime win over Mount de Sales.

Freshmen guards Kacie McNeave (5-3) and Alex Wright (5-4) will be counted on as mainstays in the backcourt, just as freshmen forwards Sharon Hull (5-9) and Jillian Randolph (5-11) will be contributors in the paint.

Junior Haley McDonnell joins the squad for the first time since tearing her anterior cruciate ligament as a freshman and swimming last season.

"She's a shooter," Mount de Sales coach Trish Armstrong said ,after McDonnell scored 10 points, including two three-pointers in the season opener.

Kreps is the only senior on the squad and she persevered from last year's tough season.

"I like her leadership, Stromberg said.

Varsity veteran Katerina Stavrakis (5-3), a sophomore, should help on the perimeter.

Her older sister, junior Gia Stavrakis (5-7), and seniors Curtira Williams (5-4) and Sydney Keogh (5-5) add backcourt experience, while freshmen Corinna Vlahoyiannis (5-10), Sarah Moehler (5-4) and Quinn Conrad (5-5) hope to get in the rotation.

"Our depth is really good and we have a lot of kids who can play two or three positions," Stromberg said. "We have a good young group and I think by the end of the year they are going to be pretty good."


2010-2011 record: 1-19

Returning starters: Senior guards Stephanie Frantz (5-8) and Denora Murray (5-6) and junior center Zsa-Maine Brookshire (5-10).

Breakdown: New coach Delvona Oliver brings some impressive credentials to the Generals.

The former University of Maryland center had short stints playing professional basketball in Israel and in the Women's National Basketball Association.