Returning starters: Senior forward Rachel Schwaab (5-9), senior guard Kayla Gibson (5-1), junior guard Maddy Hunt (5-7), sophomore forward Taylor Barton (5-11).
Breakdown: Junior guard Deb Milani (5-7) joins the full-time starting rotation this season, after being the sixth man most of last season, making the Comets an extremely experienced starting squad.
Senior guard Heather Kendrick (5-5), junior center Danielle Francy (6-2), and sophomore guard/forward Shannon Tyler (5-10) also have varsity floor burns.
"The kids that have been with us for at least a year are moving quickly," coach Mike Mohler said.
One graduated starter from last season, Zoey Whittington, was the quickest player in Mohler's 18-year tenure.
Her departure takes away 15 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 4.2 assists per game, but Mohler is counting on a more balanced attack to make up the points.
"We could have seven or eight girls averaging seven or eight points," he said.
If they can get consistent scoring, and the younger players learn the system, the Comets could be a dangerous team by postseason.
Last year, they lost to Hereford in a regional semifinal and didn't qualify for in the Baltimore County championship for the first time in four years.
During that span, the Comets have posted a 84-15 record with co-captains Schwaab and Gibson, two of three team captains with Kendrick, have been on the past three varsity rosters.
This year's Comets boast a trio of freshmen, including forwards Renee Gast (5-10), Lauren McDonald (5-6) and Maja Wichert (5-10).
Gast and Wichert join junior center Taylor Skidmore (5-10) and sophomore forward Maddie Schwaab (5-9) for inside depth while McDonald should see time backing up Milani at point guard.
Sophomore Breya Wallace (5-9) also bolsters the backcourt.
Mount de Sales
2010-2011 record: 20-6
Returning starters: Junior forward Gabby Cha (5-10)
Breakdown: Eight seniors graduated, including four starters, and a varsity player transferred after her freshman year, leaving the Sailors in a reloading mode.
Cha is the top returning scorer back from last season, when she totaled over 200 points.
She started this season with a game-high 14 points, including two free throws with 1.5 seconds left in regulation that gave the Sailors a 35-34 lead in 43-39 overtime loss to St. Paul's School for Girls.
"Gabby is a pure shooter," said coach Trish Armstrong, whose squad's 12-1 regular-season record last season was the best in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference.