1. Aberdeen

Coach: Amber Milnes

Last season: 25-3, ranked No. 2

Postseason: Class 3A state champion


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Outlook: Versatile All-Metro sophomore Stephanie Jones leads the way as the two-time defending state champs bring back three starters — none of whom is a senior. After going a combined 52-4 the previous two years with their only losses to nationally ranked opponents, the Eagles should continue their reign if they can replace the senior leadership that graduated and get solid minutes from the bench.

2. McDonogh

Coach: Brad Rees

Last season: 22-9, No. 3

Postseason: IAAM A Conference finalist

Outlook: The Eagles return every starter, including All-Metro point guard Danielle Edwards. Consistency will be the key against a tough schedule that includes Aberdeen as well as mixers in Orlando, Fla., and New York. Younger players will have to make key contributions, but the Eagles will challenge for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title they won in 2012.

3. Roland Park

Coach: Scott Buckley

Last season: 16-10, No. 7

Postseason: IAAM A Conference semifinalist

Outlook: Not only do the Reds have four starters back, but they return 11 varsity players who should give them plenty of depth. Roland Park has a good balance of inside and outside talent and in addition to its A Conference foes, the team faces a challenging non league schedule.

4. St. Vincent Pallotti

Coach: Rod Hairston

Last season: 12-14, not ranked

Postseason: IAAM A Conference quarterfinalist

Outlook: Hairston, who coached Eleanor Roosevelt to a record five straight state titles and then guided Bullis to the Washington, D.C., independent schools championship last season, takes over a talented Panthers squad laden with seniors eager to make a big move in the A Conference.