The hardwood is alive as Harford County high school girls basketball teams have been preparing for the new season. Here’s a look at this year’s teams that include seven new head coaches.
Head coach- Scott Hubbard (first season)
2017-18 record: N/A
Top returning players: Jaelyn DeVeaux (PG), Senior; Tristan DeVeaux (F), Junior; Anija Stancell (G), Senior; LaKerra Cooper (F), Junior
Key new players: Cassandra Smith (F), Sophomore; Ramazajah Ramsey (PG), Junior
Outlook: This year's team has seven returning players and the Eagles are going to look to push the tempo on the offensive end, according to first year coach Hubbard. Rebounding the basketball on both the offense and defensive ends will be a key to the team's success this season.
Head coach: Calvin Skelton (13th season)
2017-18 record: 12-12
Top returning players: Bailey Springer (F), Senior; Grace Wehland (G/F), Senior; Autumn Dougherty (G), Senior; Maggi Hall (F), Junior
Key new players: Emma Sanza (G), Sophomore; Mackenzie Springer (G), Freshman
Outlook: This year's Lady Bobcat basketball team returns just six of their 12 players from last year's team, but coach Skelton feels they have what it takes to be special. Small, energetic and extremely athletic, this team could make some noise if they can find chemistry and their seniors can provide leadership.
C. Milton Wright
Head coach: Becky Dutko (sixth season)
2017-18 record: 25-3
Top returning players: Aubrey Hoover (G), Senior; Taylor Marchetti (G), Senior
Key new players: Courtney Frank (F/G), Junior
Outlook: “This year we are looking to grow as a new team. Our focus is fundamentals and hard work,” coach Dutko said. “The girls are looking to improve within themselves in order to improve our overall team. CMW reached the Class 3A state semifinals last season.
Head coach: Wes Laguerre (first season)
2017-18 record: 0-20
Top returning players: Jazmyne Drakes (F), Senior; Skylar Lewis (G), Junior; Alexa Warren (G), Junior; Milayo Oyekunle (G), Junior; Diamonae Maye (G/F), Junior; Kathryn Rambo (F), Junior; McKayla Donovan (G/F), Sophomore; Ariana Tilley (F), Sophomore
Key new players: Kayla Lighty (F), Senior; Byaye Powell (C), Senior; Nina Stewart (G), Junior; Desiree Gidden (G), Junior; Maryanne Moubarak (F), Junior; Syncier Fitzgerald (G), Freshman; Alana White (C), Freshman
Outlook: The Rams varsity team begins this season returning eight players, adding seven new players, and a new head coach. This group has shown some early signs that they can contend in the UCBAC Susquehanna Division and in the 3A North Region, notes first year coach Laguerre.
Head coach: Johnny Woods (first season)
2017-18 record: 8-12
Top returning players: Rebekah Taylor (G), Senior; Lauren Gabranski (F), Junior
Key new players: Chantel Curry (G), Junior; Adrianna Mace (F), Sophomore; Allie Book (F), Freshman; Jillian Crawford (G), Freshman
Outlook: “I am very excited to coach these wonderful young ladies. We have a new coaching staff and we can't wait to watch these girls play,” first year coach Woods said. “We are a young team, but with the help of our senior (Rebekah Taylor) and one of our newest players (Chantel Curry), I fully expect to have an exciting season.” Additionally, Tech has sophomore (Adrianna Mace) and two freshman (Allie Book and Jillian Crawford) that could be special.
Head coach: Cheri Lefever (third season)
2017-18 record: 4-12
Top returning players: Taylor Martino (SF), Senior; Caroline Novak (SG), Junior; Kaylee Cullum (PF), Junior; Charity Hess (PG), Sophomore
Key new players: Natalie Dodson (PF), Senior
Outlook: The team went through a rebuilding year last season where they worked on their fundamentals and started to understand some concepts of basketball. This year, they’ve progressed in skill and understanding of the game and look to grow in those areas throughout the season. They’ve worked hard in practices and are setting goals for the season. The team looks to have a good future, according to coach Lefever.
Head coach: Christopher R. Towle (first season)
2017-18 record: 7-13
Top returning players: Courtney Logan (G), Sophomore; Quren Santiago (G), Junior; Kayla Jones (F), Senior; Kaitlyn Thacker (F), Sophomore
Key new players: Alexa Baldwin (G), Sophomore; Jada Maddox (G/F), Junior; Devin Larocque (G), Freshman
Outlook: Harford Tech is a very young and extremely high energy team. “We are very excited as a coaching staff to build on what the girls have shown from Fall Ball to the first few practices,” Cobras first year coach Towle said.
Havre de Grace
Head coach: Lisa Koop (first season)
2017-18 record: 4-16
Top returning players: Kayla Sumpter (SF), Senior; Hannah Koop (SF), Junior; Lynnea Pugh (PG), Sophomore
Key new players: Takara Gibson (F), Sophomore; Jenna Koop (F), Freshman
Outlook: The Warriors are a young team looking to grow and gain success throughout the season, according to first year head coach Koop. There is a lot of potential on this team and we look forward to competing.
Preview information for the Patriots was not received from first year head coach Eric Wakefield
Head coach: Erica Kelly (seventh season)
2017-18 record: 19-4
Top returning players: Ki'Yah Whitley (PG), Junior; Yakiraah Corley (C), Junior; Troyannshae Moore (C), Senior
Key new players: Natarra Richardson (G), Freshman; Tais Colon (G), Junior; Janiece Bennet (C), Junior
Outlook: “Thankfully our returning players are leaders and our new players are adjusting well,” Mariners coach Kelly said. The team is working hard in preparation for its return to the Chesapeake Division.
Head coach: Wendy Feight (third season)
2017-18 record: 9-15
Top returning players: Jessica Smith (G/F), Senior; Cameron Sawyer (F), Senior; Savannah Dieter (G), Senior; Olivia Becker (G), Senior; Alison Bufano (G), Senior; Brooke Ciampaglio (G), Senior; Ava Schmidt (F), Junior; Lily Macatee (G), Sophomore
Key new players: Sam Crone (G), Junior; Claudia Lewis (F), Senior; Grace Crickenberger (G/F), Junior
Outlook: “We are a senior-led team, looking to improve on our record from last year. The girls have been working hard in practice and are hungry to play,” Hawks coach Feight said. “This team has a lot of potential and I can't wait to see what they accomplish together.”
Head coach: Mike Getz (first season)
2017-18 record: 2-19
Top returning players: Kaia Barr (F), Senior; Delaney Madsen (C), Sophomore; Meadow Santoriello (G), Sophomore; Mia Sherwood (F), Senior; Hanna Soughou (C), Sophomore; Mikaela Truong (G), Sophomore; Samantha Wehmer (F), Senior
Key new players: Alivia Boddy (G), Sophomore; DeBrigida Bella Mia (F), Sophomore; Nikki Holmes (F), Junior; Madison Knight (F), Freshman; Beatrice Orsini (G), Freshman
Outlook: With 10 players returning to the program along with quality freshmen, the Huskies look to rebound and compete for a division and regional title this season, according to first year head coach Getz.
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