Coach: Scott Nails
Last year: 13-10.
Top players: Teneya McLaughlin, Sr., G 5-7; Taylor Ceballos, Soph., C 6-0; Kira Blacketter, Sr., F 6-0
Outlook: Assumption-bound McLaughlin should lead the way for the Lions this season. Ceballos turned heads as a freshman, capturing a spot on the Register’s All-Area and All-State teams. Even though the center’s production will again be needed, this team will go as McLaughlin goes. Consistent, steady point guard play could make the Lions a tough out come tournament time.
Coach: Bob Welsh
Last year: 13-7.
Top players: Tori Loukakes, Sr., F, 5-10; Presley Altieri Sr., G, 5-5; Meredith Shank, Soph. G 5-7
Outlook: Guilford should be in the middle of the pack this season with solid talent from top to bottom. The Indians return Presley Altieri, Tori Loukakes and Meredith Shank, who can all shoulder the scoring load. However, Welsh said the Indians need to commit to rebounding as a team and they must convert easy opportunities inside.
Coach: Tim Tredwell
Last year: 14-9
Top players: Sophie Joel Sr., G, 5-6; Lily Taylor, Sr. G 5-6; Colette Kraemer, Sr., G, 5-2
Outlook: The Tigers bring in another solid group, led by Joel. Tredwell said health and consistency are concerns this season, but his team has enough depth, size and speed to stay competitive in the tough SCC. Look for Hand to surprise some teams this year.
Coach: Catrina Hawley-Stewart
Last year: 4-16
Top players: Alexis Beene Sr., F, 6-0; Shyla Osmond Sr., PG, 5-5; Allegra Jones, soph, G, 5-5; Madison Cowan, Sr., G, 5-6
Outlook: The Academics picked up one of the best point guards in the area in Osmond from Sacred Heart Academy. Playing alongside Beene should improve both of their games and could lead to a state playoff spot for Hillhouse. The supporting cast will need to be consistent around Osmond and Beene.
Coach: Dan Young
Last year: 6-14.
Top players: Laura Dulin, Soph, G, 5-5; Danielle Nantell, Sr, G/F, 5-6; Erin Saley, Soph., F, 5-10
Outlook: New year, new coach and the Eagles could take their lumps this season. Young inherits a team that just fell short of a state playoff spot. The SCC is never kind, so Law will need to be consistent all season if it is to get over the hump and qualify for the state tournament.
Coach: Michelle Martinik
Last year: 11-9.
Top players: Chloe Brinton, Sr,, G/F, 5-7; Mikaila Schmitt, Sr,, G, 5-10; Janae Graham, Sr,, , 5-6
Outlook: Don’t be shocked if the Spartans are hoisting the SCC championship trophy this winter. Nine seniors return, including Brinton, who averaged about 14 points per game last season, and the sharp-shooting Graham. However, what makes Amity tough is not its’ offense, but a defense that held teams under 40 points 11 times last season.
Coach: Sarah Mik
Last year: 10-11.
Top players: Missy Bailey, Sr., G, 5-5; Sara Como Jr., G 5-7; Jill Howard Jr., C, 6-0
Outlook: The Rams have shooters like Como and arguably one of the scrappiest point guards in the state in Bailey, who has committed to Franklin Pierce. Cheshire was a tough team to play last year and that should again be the case in 2013-14, making the crowded SCC even tougher.
Coach: Tom Lipka
Last year: 12-10.
Top players: Nicole Mierzejewski, Sr., C, 6-0; Taylor Mierzejewski, Sr. F, 5-9; Krista Petersen, Sr. F, 5-8
Outlook: The Trojans should be much-improved from last season’s successful campaign. Mierzejewski’s consistent outside shooting and her tough play in the paint, along with her sister’s ability to nail a 15-footer, gives Lyman Hall a formidable one-two punch. Peterson’s added offensive production could be what takes Lyman Hall over the top in what should be a good year in Wallingford for the Trojans.
Coach: Mike Busillo
Last year: 11-9.
Top players: Joelle MarkAnthony, Jr, F, 5-9; Cassie Strickland, Soph., PG, 5-8; Olivia Collette, Sr, G, 5-6
Outlook: The Titans will rely heavily on MarkAnthony and search for a No. 2 scorer this season. Busillo said Sheehan struggled to close games last season and right now, that is still a question mark for his group.
Coach: Mary Piccirillo
Last year: 8-13.
Top players: Nicole Beard, Sr., G, 5-5; Jessica Wilm, Sr., F, 5-6
Outlook: Beard is back for the Gaels, but Shelton is young this season. In what could turn out to be the most competitive division in the SCC, Shelton might be running into a buzzsaw most nights.
Coach: Alan Stekloff
Last year: 3-17.
Top players: Alivia Wilson Sr., G, 5-2; Kathleen Shultz, Sr., G, 5-6; Lauren Singleton, Jr, F, 5-7
Outlook: The Green Dragons are trying to pick themselves up from the abyss of the SCC with a new coach and a more athletic team. Stekloff said he has an athletic group that should be solid defensively.
Coach: Tim Kohs
Top players: Maura Fitzpatrick, Jr., G, 5-10; Kendra Landy, Jr., G, 5-7; Sarah Gallo, Jr., C, 6-0
Outlook: Losing sharp shooters Maria Weselyj (Southern Connecticut State University) and Jordyn Nappi (Eastern Connecticut State University) will hurt, but Fitzpatrick has star quality and Gallo can fill it up from inside.
Sacred Heart Academy
Coach: Ed Panzo
Top players: Siobhan Fennell, Sr., C, 6-3; Alexa Cafasso, Sr., G, 5-7
Outlook: The Pacers lost their coach, Gail Cheney, and point guard Shyla Osmond, who transferred to a charter school and plays for Hillhouse. Could be a rough year for the Pacers.
Coach: Jessica Moriarty
Last year: 9-11.
Top players: Ava Gambardella, Sr, F/C, 5-8; Maggie Borer, Sr,, G, 5-5; Kial Watts, Jr,, G, 5-5
Outlook: After longtime coach Jim Eagan retired and last year’s leading scorer, Jayva Johnson, graduated, the Blue Devils are left to pick up the pieces in 2013-14. Moriarty said the team’s interior play should be strong, but the Westies lack experience.
Coach: Justin Kelly
Last year: 8-12.
Top players: Hannah Zampano Sr., F, 5-6; Jade Maddox, Sr., F, 5-8; Robin Norko Jr., G, 5-6
Outlook: Branford’s focus will be on the defensive end of the floor, according to Kelly. He said the team may struggle to rebound and score inside, so defensive stops will be imperative for a successful year.
Coach: Steve Bethke
Last year: 22-4.
Top players: Tanaya Atkinson, Sr., G/F/C, 5-11; Brooklin Davis, Jr., G
Outlook: The Panthers lost Nicole Anderson (Manhattan) to graduation and Alyssa Alston transferred to a prep school on Long Island, N.Y. However, don’t count out Career with Temple-bound Atkinson and North Haven transfer Davis.
Coach: Anthony Russell
Last year: 10-11.
Top players: Jenna Gaudioso, Sr., F/C, 5-9; Jill Korwek, Sr. G/F, 5-7; Miranda Gladwin, Soph., G/F, 5-8
Outlook: The Yellow Jackets lost four starters from last season and Russell said lack of size could be an issue this season. However, he’s confident that the team’s quickness and depth can possibly offset the size differential they’ll face in most games.
Coach: Chris Barry
Last year: 8-13.
Top players: Jill Johnson, Jr., G, 5-5; Brianne Melillo, Sr., G, 5-8; Haley Arnaoutis, Jr., F, 5-8
Outlook: Injuries to 2013 All-Oronoque guard Johnson and Brooklin Davis, who has since transferred to Career, slowed the Indians after a hot start last year. Look for North Haven to be solid with a healthy Johnson leading the way. Barry said the team should be well-equipped outside, but is searching for a consistent low-post presence this season.
Coach: Alicia Crichton
Last year: 0-20.
Top players: Alexia Velazquez, Sr., G, 5-2; Octavia Strong, Jr., F/C, 6-1
Outlook: The Governors are still young and will take their lumps in the tough SCC.