Friday, December 13, 2013
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Tiana-Jo Carter, left, at 6-foot-2 is a strong defender as well as an offensive threat for Lake Region, the Western Class B champion.
2012 Press Herald File
Allie Clement directs the offense for a McAuley team that will seek to win a third straight Class A state title after going 22-0 last season.
2011 Press Herald File
Last year: 0-16
Returning starters: 4
Impact players: Katie Comeaux, sr., F; Kara Fischer, sr., PG; Carolyn Moore, jr., G; Jailene Martinez, soph., F/C; Diamond Brown, fr., C; Chloe Blaylock, fr., F; Shannon Ward, jr., G
Outlook: Polgar takes over a program that has struggled with only three wins the last two years, but is optimistic. One reason is the return of Fischer, the point guard who missed last year with a knee injury. She settles everyone down. Hyde has a good mix of inside-outside potential, allowing Polgar to play an aggressive style. Defense will be stressed.
PINE TREE ACADEMY
Coach: Norm McGuire, second year
Last year: 4-11
Returning starters: 4
Impact players: Becky McGuire, jr., PG; Allison Verrill, soph., G; Kim Emerson, soph., C; Rebecca Moore, jr., F; Haley Laforest, sr., F
Outlook: The team doesn't have as much depth this year, with only nine on the roster, but has some great young talent. McGuire and Verrill are clutch offensive players. Emerson, a 6-2 transfer from Class A Mt. Ararat, will provide the Breakers with something few Class D teams have -- a big inside threat at both ends of the court.
Coach: Charlie Johnson, 10th year
Last year: 16-4, lost in West semifinals
Returning starters: 2
Impact players: Shannon Kunz, sr., F; Kylene DeSmith, soph., PG; Kristin Wittner, soph., F/G
Outlook: The Guardians are a perennial playoff contender, and this year shouldn't be any different. But the task might be harder. Seacoasat Christian graduated a lot of talent and needs some young players to step into bigger roles this year. Kunz, a three-year starter, will provide much of the leadership. As usual, look for them to play at a half-court pace. The Guardians have several nice ballhandlers who will work the perimeter.
-- Compiled by staff writers Mike Lowe and Steve Craig