13. Seton Keough

Coach: Jody Powell

Last season: 12-17, No. 11

Postseason: IAAM A Conference quarterfinalist


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Outlook: Only five Gators return, but six freshmen already are pushing the veterans. That kind of competition at practice could help Seton Keough develop the finishing kick it lacked last season against its top A Conference foes.

14. St. Mary's

Coach: Terri Stellwagen

Last season: 22-3, not ranked

Postseason: IAAM B Conference champion

Outlook: After sweeping the B Conference last season, Stellwagen added A Conference teams McDonogh and Archbishop Spalding to the schedule. Experienced guards and better post play give the Saints a chance to repeat.

15. Patterson Mill

Coach: Holly Ismail

Last season: 21-7, No. 14

Postseason: Class 2A state semifinalist

Outlook: Coming off the first state tournament appearance in school history, the Huskies return a solid backcourt in junior guards Qalea Ismail and Sam Herman and add a couple of strong freshmen. They lack height, but could make up for it with athleticism.

Others considered: Arundel (15-8), Atholton (10-12), Institute of Notre Dame (11-9), Mount Hebron (17-7), Old Mill (15-8), Severna Park (15-9), South River (22-4), Winters Mill (8-14)