Top players: Senior Kourtney Harrison (F); juniors Lindsey Williams (F) and Grayson Corbett (F).

What you need to know: The Wildecats have a good mix of returning players and an influx of new talent. Harrison returns for her fourth varsity season and will be a leader in the post. Williams will be looked upon to be a defensive stopper and Grayson is a returning captain and vocal leader.

Junior guard NiJah Richardson could be on the verge of a breakout season, while freshmen Brynn Drury and Rachel Lazris are poised to help out off the bench.

"We have had a young team for a few years now, and that young team has started to grow up together," coach Caitlin Williams said. "I think our ability to play together will really help us this year. The girls play to eachother's strengths which helps us work well together towards a common goal."

Chapelgate

2010-11 record: 6-9 IAAM C, 9-15

Top players: Senior Jen Yahiro (G); junior Christina VanWingerden (G); sophomores Camile Keyes (G) and Casey Johnson (G/F).

What you need to know: The Yellowjackets return four starters and will be led by Johnson, an IAAM C Conference all-star last season. In her freshman year, Johnson averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds per game. Yahiro, VanWingerden and Keyes will provide leadership.

Freshman forward Jayla Powers should make an immediate impact, while senior Paige Davis returns after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Second-year coach Kortnie Smith says Davis brings "energy, hard work and heart" to the team.

"We have pretty intelligent players, so if we run our sets properly I think we'll be tough to stop," Smith said. "We're long on defense and that will be a key as well."

Glenelg Country

2011-12 record: 6-8 IAAM C, 11-10

Top players: Seniors Hannah Harbold (G) and Ogechi Nwodim (C).

What you need to know: The Dragons are an extremely young squad with seven freshmen on the roster for new head coach Ed Conroy. Harbold (IAAM C all-star last season) and Nwodim, as well as junior forward Mallory Pappas, will be counted on to provide leadership to the wealth of youth.

"I'm very confident in our guards," Conroy said. "Guard play and a fast-tempo should be the strengths of this year's team."

Sophomore guard Sabrina DeLeonibus averaged nine points per game last winter and appears to be primed for a strong campaign. Freshman forward Alayna Newsome has shown great promise in the early weeks of practice and could provide a little size to what is a short roster. Both players will be increasingly relied upon as the season progresses.