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2017-18 girls basketball preview

Check out The Baltimore Sun's preseason Top 15 girls basketball poll, plus players to watch, key numbers and a feature on the rise of versatile players.

  • 2017-18 girls basketball poll preseason Top 15

    2017-18 girls basketball poll preseason Top 15

    1. St. Frances Coach: Jerome Shelton Last season: 31-1, No. 1 Postseason: IAAM A Conference champion Outlook: The Panthers ended their best season in program history last winter with a runner-up finish at the Dick's Sporting Goods High School National Tournament. Although they fell in overtime...

  • 2017-18 girls basketball players to watch

    2017-18 girls basketball players to watch

    Taylor Addison Howard, senior, forward Averaging 15.6 points, Addison led the Lions to the Howard County championship last winter. A versatile 5-foot-10 small forward, she also averaged 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals as Howard reached the Class 4A North final, where it fell to eventual state champion...

  • 2017-18 girls basketball by the numbers

    2017-18 girls basketball by the numbers

    3 State championships won by Baltimore-area teams last season — Catonsville (4A), New Town (2A) and Patterson Mill (1A) 10 IAAM A Conference titles won by two-time defending champion St. Frances — seven more than any other program 169 Points needed for Manchester Valley guard Mackenzie DeWees to...

  • As basketball evolves, ballhandling a point of emphasis for girls during development

    As basketball evolves, ballhandling a point of emphasis for girls during development

    Although St. Frances’ Angel Reese stands 6 feet 3½ as a sophomore, she didn’t tower over anyone as a sixth-grader playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball. That, she said, was a good thing. Growing up as a guard has given her the skills to play any position on the court. “I used to be one of the...

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