Oakland Mills

2011-12 record: 15-4, 19-5

Top players: Junior Lauren Thompson (G); sophomores Fern Peters (G) and Tori Diggs (G).

What you need to know: The Scorpions were hit hard by graduation, losing former Player of the Year and last season's league leading scorer Jasmine Hill. Also gone are starters Kara Hight, Nicole Twardowicz and Patrice Jones.

This season will be a youth movement for Oakland Mills, which will lean heavily on Thompson, Peters and Diggs for leadership.

"The strong parts of this team will be chemistry," coach Seth Willingham said. "For having such a young team and losing a lot last year, the girls have bonded and really are working hard together."


2011-12 record: 12-7, 14-8

Top players: Senior Candace Johnson (F); juniors Zelor Massaquoi (F), Tara Thompson (G), Keri Rager (G) and Blair Bonner (F).

What you need to know: The graduation of senior leader Megan Fowler will be a tough loss, but the Gators return a deep and experienced team. Nine players from last season's roster have returned, including Massaquoi who was a second team all-county selection after averaging 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest.

Size, athleticism and defense will be keys for success and with a season of playing for coach Kyle Sullivan already under their belts, the Gators are looking to be challengers in the county race.

"One major difference (this year) is that almost everyone is already familiar with my system and what we're trying to do," Sullivan said. "There has been significantly less time spent reviewing and teaching the offense and defense, and more time tweaking, and teaching new looks and reads. More time has been able to be spent on team concepts and individual skills, rather than getting people in shape."

River Hill

2011-12 record: 16-3, 22-4

Top players: Seniors Megan Sterling (G) and Tyler Triplett (G); juniors Jenna Collins (G/F) and Julia Collins (G).

What you need to know: The Hawks return a bulk of the starters from last season's Class 3A East Region championship and state finalist team. Led by second team all-county selection Sterling, River Hill looks to be in the thick of the county race once again.

Seniors Vicki Rowe, Jordan Masker and Andrea Nichols did not get substantial playing time last year but should see the court quite a bit this season.

"We are in essence going to be rebuilding and reloading for future years," coach Teresa Waters said. "I am excited about those players that have worked diligently during the summer and fall."

Wilde Lake

2011-12 record: 0-19, 0-23