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Carroll Christian

Coach: Matthew Reisberg, 15th year

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Last year's record: 16-5

Next game: Tonight at Gerstell, 6

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Key losses: Kristy Memphis, Mary Underman.

Key returners: Erin Delph, junior G/F; Camille Echegoyen, freshman G; Mikaela Martin, sophomore F/C; Sydney Wooden, freshman G.

Outlook: With no seniors, this year's roster is quite young for the Patriots. Last season, they won Division II of the Maryland Christian School State Tournament and return a balanced team that Reisberg said should be fun to watch as they mature. "There may be some stumbles due to maturity," Reisberg said via email. "But, the future looks bright for this great group of ladies."

Century

Coach: John Ingram, 2nd year

Last year's record: 7-16, 5-10 county

First game: Tonight at North Hagerstown, 7.

Key loss: Jasmine Leveille

Key returners: Kelsey Weishaar, junior F.

Outlook: The Knights will look to replace their top scorer from a year ago in Leveille, who averaged 9.4 points. Weishaar could be Century's go-to player after averaging 7.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in 2015-16. "We are a young team that is looking forward to learning and growing together this season," Ingram said via email.

Francis Scott Key

Coach: Jen Gosselin, 8th year

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Last year's record: 2-21, 0-14 county

First game: Friday vs. South Carroll, 7.

Key losses: None.

Key returners: Kennedy Cornick, sophomore F; Korey Fine, senior G; Bailey Mathias, sophomore F; Heather Rohwein, senior G.

Outlook: Fine returns at guard for the Eagles and led the team with 59 steals last season. The Eagles went winless in county play last year but are optimistic for a competitive showing in 2016-17. "We are a young team but have some talented players new to varsity this year," Gosselin said via email. "This girls are working hard and our goal is to be competitive in the county."

Gerstell

Coach: Jeff Cheevers, 2nd year

Last year's record: 7-10

Next game: Monday vs. Carroll Christian, 6

Key losses: Molly Blake, Maureen Mosmiller, Jillian Wilson.

Key returners: Kymiah Carpenter, junior G; Tyra Echevarria, sophomore G; Gabby Manning, sophomore G; Noel Talbot, sophomore F.

Outlook: The Falcons are looking at being young in numbers this season with eight freshmen and Cheevers anticipates additional depth from his newcomers. "The players have a better understanding of what we are trying to do on both the offense and defensive ends of the court," Cheevers said via email. "That should translate into us playing more in sync and being more consistent than we were last year."

Liberty

Coach: Barry Green, 5th year

Last year's record: 16-8, 12-2 county

First game: Tonight vs. Bel Air, 7.

Key losses: Maddee Farley, Taylor Jackson, Lexi Jones, Olivia Thompson.

Key returners: Jess Cronin, senior C; Grace Griffin, senior G; Hannah Miller, senior F; Sophie Poling, senior G.

Outlook: The Lions advanced to the Class 2A West Region final, but fell to Williamsport in 2106. The team llost scoring leaders Farley and Thompson to graduation, but Griffin returns after posting 270 points last season — she also led the team in rebounds (197) and steals (109). "We should continue to contend with our experience and depth led by our 'Team First' principles and philosophies," Green said via email.

Manchester Valley

Coach: Heather DeWees, 8th year

Last year's record: 24-2, 13-1 county

First game: Tonight vs. Dulaney, 6:45

Key losses: Rosalia Cappadora, Rayna Deltuva (torn ACL), Marlee Dzergoski, Mackenzie Longest, Storm Smith.

Key returners: Mackenzie DeWees, junior G; Jayce Klingenberg, senior X, Josey Klingenberg, sophomore X.

Outlook: The reigning county champion Mavericks advanced to the 1A West Region final and suffered just two losses last season. Two-time Times Player of the Year DeWees returns as well as first team all-countian Jayce Klingenberg. "The Mavs look to play deep into their bench and attempt to repeat as county champions," Heather DeWees said via email. "This year the Mavs will be in the 3A West division instead of 1A but the girls are excited about jumping into 3A competition."

South Carroll

Coach: Liz Padgett, 12th year

Last year's record: 16-8, 9-5 county

First game: Tonight at Marriotts Ridge, 5:30.

Key losses: Sam Franklin, Bri Heim, Keriann McTavish.

Key returners: Greta Knopp, senior F, Bailey Patrick, senior G/F.

Outlook: The Cavs lost their two leading scorers, Heim and McTavish, to graduation, but return seniors Knopp and Patrick to even out the Cavs' depth. "I am really excited to watch this group develop and get better," Padgett said via email. "We have a lot of inexperience and it will be fun to watch them grow and improve over the season."

Westminster

Coach: Shawn Minnier, 1st year

Last year's record: 10-12, 7-7 county

First game: Tonight vs. Urbana, 7.

Key losses: Morgan Dombroski, Mindy Phillips.

Key returners: Arianna Cottom, senior G/F; Zoe Costley, sophomore F; Brooke Riley, senior G.

Outlook: Minner, former coach at North Carroll, arrives at Westminster with optimism for positive results this season. The Owls return key players in seniors Cottom and Riley along with Costley. "With strong leadership within the program from returning players, we are looking to rebound from last season and build off of the success that Westminster has had in past years," Minnier said via email.

Winters Mill

Coach: Dave Wynne, 6th year

Last year's record: 13-10, 8-6 county

First game: Wednesday vs. Walkersville, 7.

Key losses: Megan Badorrek, Meghan Crouse.

Key returners: Kaila Brown, senior F, Samantha Petela, senior F, Hannah Stitely, junior G, Shannon Snyder, senior G, Addi Hill junior F.

Outlook: Brown is back after a Times all-county first-team season in 2015-16, with 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while leading the county in free-throw percentage (72.3). "The Lady Falcons welcome back a group of hard-working upperclassmen, mixed with several talented newcomvers who are meshing well early in the season," Wynne said via email.

—Compiled by Megan Woodward



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