Roland Park basketball coach Scott Buckley regrets the one that got away -- the loss of a nine-point lead with 10 minutes to go in last February's IAAM A Conference title game -- but he's eager to give it another shot this season.
"We couldn't get much closer than that to a title," Buckley said of the setback to McDonogh that closed a 20-7 season.
The Reds should be strong again this season because of the return of senior guard/forward Lindsey Edwards (5 feet 10), senior forward Michala Clay (6-1) and junior guards Jaia Alexander (5-11) and Ryan Holder (5-10).
All four averaged in double figures last year.
"We had a really good team last year, but we are primed for a better year," Buckley said. "This is probably the best offensive team and most well-rounded team I've had (in 19 years). We can cause a lot of defensive problems for people."
Buckley expects senior guards Jenna Baverman (5-5) and Caroline Pate (5-7), and sophomore forward Olivia Carroll (5-10), freshman center Deirra Carter (6-2) and senior forward Mellie Poggi (5-8) to be valuable contributors.
After going 10-10 last year, Mawrtians coach Mimi Walters appears to have a team that could contend for the IAAM B Conference title.
"I feel we have the ingredients that could make us really dangerous," said Walters, who is in her eighth season. "We are explosive and we can be very competitive."
Bryn Mawr lost 6-foot forward Zoe Zawisa, who averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds per game and is playing for Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, but Walters thinks junior forwards Grace Greene (5-9), a returning starter, and Shannon Bittner (6-0) will provide inside strength.
Senior guard Christine Que (5-3) and junior guard Bridget Danko (5-5) offer additional backcourt depth.
Friends returns four starters, including double-digit rebounder Morgan Ball (5-10), a senior center, and senior guard Rachel Kehoe (5-9). Kehoe, who averaged 13 points, should surpass the 1,000-point mark this season.
Junior small forward Paige Shephard and senior point guard Bianca Washington support Kehoe and Ball in the starting lineup.
Sophomore power forward Madison Moore (5-7), freshman guard/forward Carli Freeman (5-6) and freshman Carrie Zaremba and guard Alex Miceli are also in the starting mix.