Baltimore city and county and Harford County players to watch:
* Melissa Anderson, North Harford, 5-9, Sr. G -- She could be the key to the Hawks' success, especially if she returns figures similar to a year ago (13.0 ppg, 3.5 steals, 2.4 assists).
* Sherri Anderson, Forest Park, 5-7, Sr. G -- A four-year starter, Anderson is the Foresters' leading scorer (17.0 ppg). Her ability to cut to the basket and excellent ball control are her main assets.
* Melba Chambers, St. Frances, 5-11, Jr., F -- One of the Catholic League's top players, Chambers is equally adept at taking the ball to the basket or shooting a three-pointer. She averaged 18.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg last season and was a second-team All-Metro selection.
* Sonia Chase, McDonogh, 5-10, Sr., G/F -- Perhaps the area's best offensive player, Chase has signed early with Maryland. She averaged 19.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 3.0 apg last season. She is an excellent outside shooter who improved her inside game last season.
* DaShawn Coleman, Walbrook, 5-6, Jr., G -- She can single-handedly turn a game around with her streaky outside shooting. Coleman should improve on her 10.5 ppg average of
* Danielle Davis, Western, 6-2, Jr., C -- A strong rebounder who averaged 10.5 ppg last season, Davis is one of the city's toughest inside players.
* Jakia Ervin, St. Frances, 5-6, Soph., G -- An excellent passer with good moves to the basket. Ervin averaged 14.0 ppg and 6.0 apg last season and has improved her shooting range.
* Celena Falline, Lake Clifton, 5-11, Sr., G/F -- A four-year varsity player, Falline averaged 15.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg last season. She is a strong defensive player and is capable of playing four positions.
* Natisha Ferguson, Lake Clifton, 6-6, Jr., C -- She went from being a raw, somewhat awkward, freshman to establishing herself as an intimidating inside force last season. Ferguson , who averaged 18.0 ppg and 15.0 rpg last season, has gotten even better according to Lakers coach James Monroe.
Jamee Greenwood, Walbrook, 5-10, Jr., F -- One of the physically strongest players in the area, Greenwood averaged 14.3 ppg and 11.3 rpg and was a first-team All-City selection last season. Greenwood has exhibited poise under pressure and is regarded as the Warriors' team leader. Although she often gives up several inches in size, Greenwood is never intimidated inside.
* Lashina Gross, Lake Clifton, 5-5, Jr., G -- A two-time second-team All-Metro selection, Gross is one of the area's top point guards. She averaged 17.0 ppg and 6.0 apg last season.
* Robyn Harry, Loch Raven, 5-6, PG -- Harry, an All-Metro soccer player for the county champion Raiders, averaged just over 8 points and 7 steals last season when Loch Raven went 21-2. She is lightning quick, and is the key to the team's pressure defense.
* Lori Heffley, Fallston, 5-3, Jr. -- She is the only true backcourt player among the four juniors who are together for the third straight season. Last year, in a complementing role, she averaged 3.2 assists and 3.0 steals, but she might have to step up her game this season.
* Kenya Holman, Poly, 5-10, Sr., F -- Engineers coach Mark Sawyer called her the team's MVP last season. Holman averaged 13.0 ppg and 15.0 rpg last season. She's a physical inside player who also can hit the three-pointer.
Anika Lee, Woodlawn, 5-2, PG -- Lee is an excellent ballhandler with speed and the ability to finish off fast breaks. She's the leading returning scorer for the always tough Warriors.
Kelly Logan, Poly, 5-6, Soph., F -- Not flashy, just consistent. Logan made a strong impression as a freshman, averaging 16.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg. She's primarily an outside threat, but she also can take the ball inside.
* Vida Milberry, Carver, 5-10, Soph., F-G -- Comfortable at both the guard and forward positions, Milberry was the glue that held Carver together last season. She averaged 22.0 ppg for the Bears.
* Nyota Mitchell, Randallstown, 6-0, F-G -- The best player among Baltimore County's public schools, Mitchell averaged over 26 points and double figures in rebounds and assists while being double-teamed most of the year. She is tall, athletic and will have a monster season if teammates step forward to share in the offense.
* Melanie Moskowitz, Patapsco, 5-10, Sr., F-C -- Moskowitz, an All-County volleyball player in the fall, is tall and quick, and could be a force in the paint. She'll be counted on for scoring and rebounding.
* Maggie Owsianny, Patterson, 5-7, Sr., F -- An ankle injury slowed Owsianny last season, as her scoring average dipped from 13.8 ppg to 11.0. Clippers coach Derek Maki is expecting a strong season from Owsianny, who has improved her shooting range in summer camps.
* Krystin Porcella, John Carroll, 5-4, Sr., G -- As the only returning starter, she will be asked to deliver the same kind of performances as a year ago (she averaged 12.4 points, five assists, four steals), while serving as team leader.
Jamie Schlaich, Lansdowne, 5-8, Sr., F -- She averaged 14.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg for the Vikings, who advanced to last year's Class 3A state semifinals. She has a good shooting touch, inside and out, and is rugged underneath.
* Kimberly Smith, Western, 5-9, Jr., G -- An exciting player to watch, Smith often dazzles the crowd with her creative offensive moves. She averaged 13.8 ppg and was a second-team All-Metro selection last season.
* Shawna Staten, Aberdeen, 5-10, Jr., C -- A strong leaper and a worker around the basket, she could be the front-line player who helps the Eagles improve.
* Laura Thomas, Harford Christian, 6-2, Sr., F -- A four-year starter, she already has surpassed 1,000 rebounds, and is on the verge of 1,000 points.
* Tesha Tinsley, Western, 5-8, Jr., G -- A pure shooter, Tinsley averaged 8.2 ppg last season. She is one of four returning starters that helped the Doves to a 25-1 record.
* Erin Updegrove, C. Milton Wright, 5-9, Soph., F -- She had solid numbers last year when she came off the bench to play in every
game: 6.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg and 42 steals.
* Aimee Vaughan, Dulaney, Sr., F -- Vaughan is one of the best athletes in Baltimore County, and should contribute heavily to the Lions' attack. She will be counted on for scoring and rebounding.
* Sarah Weaver, Towson, 5-8, Sr., PG -- Weaver averaged 14.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and just under 3.0 assists last season for the 16-7 Generals. She's unusually strong for a point guard, and a bull on the boards.
* Kortni Webb, St. Frances, 6-1, Jr., C -- A transfer from IND, Webb joins her twin Kristi on the Panthers. She is a good shot blocker who should strengthen St. Frances' interior defense.
Kristi Webb, St. Frances, 5-10, Jr., F -- She averaged 16.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg last season and gave the Panthers another scorer besides Chambers. An inside/outside threat, Webb was a first-team All-City selection last season.
* Jacqueline Wilkes, Patterson, 6-2, Sr., C -- A good athlete who provides the Clippers with some much-needed height. Wilkes averaged 12.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg last season and has sparked RTC interest from several Division I schools.
* Christina Williamson, Mercy, 5-9, Sr., F -- A complete player on both ends of the court. Williamson can shoot from three-point range, but also is aggressive under the boards and gets good position. She averaged 12.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg last season.
* Nicole Wilson, Edgewood, 5-10, Sr., F -- This key front-line player of last season (9.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg) appears ready to establish herself while surrounded by three other senior starters. With the fifth spot still undecided, Wilson may well be the one to ensure a good blend with the newcomer.
* Chanel Wright, Western, 6-0, Jr., G -- A two-time first-team All-Metro selection, she is one of the metro area's top players. Wright, who averaged 17.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 3.8 apg, possesses some tremendous offensive moves.