FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Lakiya Artis, junior, Palmyra:

This speedy 5-foot-5 guard buried 61 three-pointers last season while averaging 17.8 points, 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds as a 10th grader on a senior-dominated team.

Katie Carty, senior, Northern Burlington:

Playing for her third varsity head coach in four years, this 6-3 center will look to improve on last season's averages of 12 points and eight rebounds per game.

Michelle Lubrano, senior, Holy Cross:

A diminutive 5-2 point guard, she averaged just under 12 points last season and is the best perimeter shooter, ball handler and defender on an undersize Lancers squad.

Jasmine Rich, senior, Willingboro:

A preseason McDonald's all-America nominee, this cat-quick 5-7 guard is a threat at both ends of the floor. She averaged 12 points, eight assists and five steals last season.

Lakeisha Sutton, senior, Trenton Catholic:

This 5-9 guard averaged 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5.3 assists for a team that has its sights set on a second consecutive state Non-Public B title.

FIVE GAMES TO WATCH

Willingboro at Moorestown, tonight

This opening night tilt could indicate if the host Quakers will be Liberty Division contenders.

Riverside at Palmyra, Jan. 10

The visiting Rams can make a statement in the Freedom Division race.

Willingboro at Trenton Catholic, Jan. 24

The second clash between these titans should determine the Liberty Division title.

Cinnaminson at Holy Cross, Jan. 31

Here's a key Patriot Division matchup in what figures to be a three-team race with Delran.

Willingboro vs. Woodrow Wilson, Feb. 16,

at Ventnor City Shootout, Ventnor Community Complex

This is a perfect primer to the sectional playoffs between these Group 3 powers.

SCOUTING REPORT

On Palmyra junior guard

Lakiya Artis

:

"Deadly long-range shooter, she demands constant defensive attention. This year will probably serve as a real test of her ability to carry the team, as she will be relied upon to do much of the scoring, as well as distribute the ball to up-and-coming players. Leadership will be the real key."

- Riverside coach
Scott Atkinson