5. St. Vincent Pallotti
Last season: 16-8, No. 8
Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinals
Outlook: Pratt said this may be the best team he has coached in his four years at the school. With three starters and five reserves back, along with three key additions, the Panthers are athletic, bigger and deeper than last season and should make a run at the A Conference title.
6. Milford Mill
Coach: DeToiya McAliley
Last season: 25-1, No. 9
Postseason: Class 3A North regional finals
Outlook: The Millers posted the best record in school history last season. With three starters back and a key transfer, they should pick up where they left off, despite a challenging schedule that includes Aberdeen and Digital Harbor.
7. Digital Harbor
Coach: Patrick McDonald
Last season: 18-8, No. 7
Postseason: Class 3A North regional semifinals
Outlook: The Rams, who have been to the state tournament in four of the past five years, return five players, including versatile All-Metro forward-guard A'Lexus Harrison and 6-foot-5 center Infiniti Alston. They have the supporting cast to compete for the city title.
8. River Hill
Coach: Teresa Waters
Last season: 22-5, No. 11
Postseason: Class 3A state finals