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Girls basketball previews for 2018-19


COACH: Lee Williams, second year


KEY PLAYERS: Elizabeth Gilman (Sr., G/F); Isabella Papaleonti (So., G); Catherine Gilman (So., G); Angel Colbert (So., G); Anna King (Jr., F).

OUTLOOK: Williams is upbeat in the second year of what he calls a rebuild at Annapolis. Elizabeth Gilman, one of two talented transfers, has a high basketball IQ and can play multiple positions. Several former players rejoined the program and Williams’ sophomore class will play a major role in the program’s success moving forward.


COACH: Jim Domoracki, eighth year


KEY PLAYERS: Reniyah Ross (Sr., G); Morgan DeBeary (Sr., G); Ky’ara Olfus (Sr., F); Ani Gadson (Jr., G); Lydia Wood (So., G).

OUTLOOK: With talented, experienced guards, Domoracki plans to play an up tempo game in the IAAM B Conference. Five players return from a 19-win Eagles squad. All played significant minutes last year.

Archbishop Spalding

COACH: Maggie Morrison, second year


KEY PLAYERS: Ryann Evans (Sr., G); Morgan Pennick (Sr., G); Pearl Rosemond (Sr., G); Nickie Joseph (Sr., F); Brelynn Young (Sr., C); Breanna Smith (Sr., G); Terra Dzambo (Jr., G); Leah Johnson (Jr., G); Madison Peterein (Jr., F/G); Koi Simms (So., F); Joi Chaney (Fr., G); Farrah Peterein (Fr., G/F).

OUTLOOK: The Cavaliers are now an older and experienced team, led by six seniors. Evans is the leading returning scorer. Rosemond joins a talented senior class that is joined by juniors Dzambo, Johnson, and Madison Peterein, all varsity players a year ago. Sims is a a talented transfer from AACS.


COACH: Lee Rogers, 30th year


KEY PLAYERS: Crystal Barksdale (Sr., G); Arianna Harmon (Jr., G); Nikki Seven (So., G); Ayannah Matthews (So., F); Brandy Middleton (Jr., G).

OUTLOOK: The Wildcats are young as five freshmen and three sophomores will see playing time. Rogers expects this year’s team, as well as the program, to improve as the season progresses.


COACH: Gail Davis, sixth year


KEY PLAYERS: Ty Washington (Sr., G); Caleigh Fletcher (Sr., G).

OUTLOOK: Washington leads a veteran group of guards looking to take the Bruins beyond last year’s 12 wins. A new core of post players will need to emerge and replace three departed players inside.


COACH: Maria Gray, fifth year


KEY PLAYERS: Corinne Castle (Sr., F); Haley Downin (Sr., G); Summer Smith (Sr., G); Karlie Stracke (Sr., G); Ashley Chew (Jr., G); Morgan Gray (Jr., C).

OUTLOOK: The Cougars return four starters from last year’s Class 3A East Region finalist. Castle, Downin and Smith are strong senior leaders, Morgan Gray has the height and Chew has the speed to blend with some young talent.

Glen Burnie

COACH: Jonathan Mason, first year


KEY PLAYERS: Myanni Davis (Sr., F/C); Jahye Brown (Jr., G); Jessica Harris (Sr., F).

OUTLOOK: Mason takes over the Gophers and is looking to work and build day in and day out throughout the season. The team returns several players from last year and those veterans will again be key to Glen Burnie’s success this season.

Indian Creek

COACH: Ciaran Lesikar, first year


KEY PLAYERS: Maddy Evans (Sr., G/F); Paige Brooks (Sr., G/F); Delaney Dignam (Sr., F/C).

OUTLOOK: Eight players return from last year’s 16-win team, including five seniors. Lesikar expects the team to be even deeper this year.

Kent Island

COACH: David Plumer, fifth year


KEY PLAYERS: Blair Goodrich (Jr. F); Marissa Plumer (Sr., G); Lily Dixon (Fr., G), Ashlee Rotert (Sr., G); Savannah Stevens (So., C); Jordan Grard (Sr., G).

OUTLOOK: The Buccaneers will be young after graduating six players, but David Plumer has built a strong program, posting an 88-14 record. The team is led by Goodrich, Marissa Plumer and the other upperclassman.


COACH: Denise McNiff, first year


KEY PLAYERS: Hailey Williams (Sr., G); Paige Nespole (Sr., G); Maggie Nespole (Sr., G).

OUTLOOK: McNiff takes over an Obezags squad that combines three experienced senior guards with six sophomores and four freshmen.


COACH: Aanika O’Connor, fourth year


KEY PLAYERS: Briel Owens (Jr., G); Destiny Jackson (Sr., G/F); Alexxis Sewell (Sr., G); Jaela Reid (Fr., G/F).

OUTLOOK: O’Connor’s Mustangs are close. Coming off an 18-win season, and with talent like Jackson, Owens and Sewell, the team will contend for county and region titles. Last year’s squad came up short in the closing minutes of several close games. A talented freshman class, led by Reid, provides depth and may get Meade over the hump.

North County

COACH: Dan Mangum, fourth year

LAST YEAR: 12-12

KEY PLAYERS: Jada Turner (Sr. G,); Sam Biggs (Sr. G/F,); Alicia Ennals (Jr., C); Morgan Youngbar (Jr., F); Brandi Shaffer (Jr., G); Phoenix Dumas (Jr., G); Jalyn Baynard (So., G); Na’Vaye Willis-Quarrels (Fr., G); Aireona Holland (So., G).

OUTLOOK: The Knights are looking to improve on last year’s .500 record. For Mangum’s squad, everything starts with defense.


COACH: Ed Nalley, first year


KEY PLAYERS: Ryleigh Nalley (Sr., G); Devine Benson-Carter (Sr., G/F); Allyson Wills (Jr., G); Mackenzie Coburn (So., G/F); Caroline Makavorich (So., C).

OUTLOOK: Nalley and the rest of the new coaching staff are excited about the Eagles. This is possibly the deepest and most talented team at Northeast in several years.

Old Mill

COACH: Rick Smith


KEY PLAYERS: Sydney Faulcon (Sr., C); Destiny Galloway (Sr., G); Briana White (Sr., F); Julia Bagnell (Sr., G); Deja Atkinson (Jr., F); Mikiyah Mallett (Jr., G).

OUTLOOK: The Patriots return three starters, including Faulcon inside, and six players total from last year’s 20-win squad. Smith’s team, as usual, will try to create and up tempo style.

Rockbridge Academy

COACH: Donna Griffith, second year


KEY PLAYERS: Alanna Craig (Jr., F); Sarah Williams (Jr., G); Emma Williams (Fr., C)

OUTLOOK: The Scots, featuring just one senior, are very young this year. However, eight players, including three starters, return from last year’s 10-win team.

St. Mary’s

COACH: Chuck Miller, second year

LAST YEAR: 14-10

KEY PLAYERS: Whitney Albert (Sr., G); Maggie Aumiller (Sr., F); Claire Richardson (Sr., G); Karry Kelliher (So., G).

OUTLOOK: The Saints return seven players from last year’s 14-win team, led by leading scorer Albert (14 ppg). Kelliher averaged nearly 10 points as a freshman. Junior Macey Brenner and sophomore sisters Ashley and Amanda Roy round out the returners on a team that should be competitive in the IAAM B Conference.


COACH: Bookie Rosemond, first year


KEY PLAYERS: Sydney Kirchenheiter (Sr., G); Morgan Skinner (Sr., F); Cam Levin (Sr., G); Julia Christie (Jr., G); Sammy Van Gieson (So., F); Mori Sokoloff (So., G); Madison Skinner (So., F); Jenn Pongnon (Fr., G); Kate Gordon (Fr., F).

OUTLOOK: Rosemond, who successfully led Archbishop Spalding in the IAAM A Conference, takes over an Admirals squad that should move back to their rightful place in the B Conference.

Severna Park

COACH: Kristofer Dean, second year


KEY PLAYERS: Rachel Ward (Sr., G/F); Julia Ryan (Sr., C); Rachel Spilker (Sr., G); Lena McLaughlin (Jr., F); Jessica Albert (Jr., F).

OUTLOOK: The talented Falcons squad runs at least 10 deep after gaining a great deal of experience during last year’s 17-win season. Dean believes the team’s work ethic will combine with that experience to form a tough squad by this year’s playoffs.

South River

COACH: Mike Zivic, 12th year


KEY PLAYERS: Abbie Poknis (Sr., F); Alex Brown (Sr., G); Kathleen Sullivan (Sr., G); Ashlynn Burrows (Jr., G); Megan Curtner (Jr., G); TaMaya Green (Jr., G); Harley Herndon (So., G); Tommi Bresnahan (Jr., G); Julia Fitzwater (Jr., G); Grace Buckley (Jr., F); Caitlin McGuirk (Jr., G); Rebecca McClenahan (So., F); Keimani Smith (Fr., F).

OUTLOOK: The Seahawks return the top three scorers from last year’s 21-win team. Zivic’s squad is again a dangerous threat for county and region titles.


COACH: Michael Doyle, fourth year


KEY PLAYERS: Myranda Hopkins (Sr., F); Gianna Kronk (Jr., G).

OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs graduated five seniors, including four starters. This year’s team is young and athletic, with good speed. Doyle’s bench should allow the Bulldogs to get up and down the court, pushing the game’s tempo.

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