Last season: 24-2, No. 6
Postseason: Class 2A South regional finals
Outlook: Only two starters return, and one, Sam Heisig, is out until January after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament. With All-Metro guard Emily Russo and several players with varsity experience, the Gladiators should still challenge for another Howard County title.
Coach: George Petrides
Last season: 17-7, No. 13
Postseason: Class 3A North regional first round
Outlook: The Knights return all but one player from a team that barely lost to Poly in the Baltimore City final and then gave Milford Mill a battle in the regional opener before falling, 48-45. Look for them to make another run at the city title.
11. Roland Park
Coach: Scott Buckley
Last season: 16-11, unranked
Postseason: IAAM A Conference quarterfinals
Outlook: The Reds' roster includes only two upperclassmen, but their youngsters are athletic, talented and versatile. If they can overcome the inconsistencies of youth, they could compete with the league favorites this season.
12. Seton Keough
Coach: Jody Powell
Last season: 13-13, No. 15
Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinals