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Girls’ Players to Watch

Here are four players expected to have big impacts on their teams:

Here are four players expected to have big impacts on their teams:

Monica Roeder, Cherokee, senior, guard

The 6-foot Roeder is among the most versatile players in South Jersey. She is known as one of the area's top sharpshooters, but she can also be a scoring force inside. An Inquirer second-team all-South Jersey selection last season, Roeder averaged 14 points and five rebounds as a junior. She has accepted a basketball scholarship to Manhattan.

Annie Payton, Camden, senior, guard

When asking new Camden coach Jonathan Taylor what position Payton will play, he just gives a shrug. Taylor insists that Payton can play any position on the floor, and who could argue? At 5-9, she will likely play shooting guard the most, but she can help handle the ball, and when needed can give the Panthers a boost inside. She averaged 21.8 points last season and has scored more than 1,300 in her career. Payton has accepted a scholarship to Hofstra.

Jackie Schluth, Bishop Eustace, senior, center

Last season, Schluth played a prominent role in helping Bishop Eustace earn the South Jersey Non-Public B title. At 6-3, she has a versatile game that enables her to be a force inside but also make teams pay if they don't guard her on the perimeter. Last season she averaged nearly nine points a game for a balanced Eustace team. With three starters graduated, Schluth will have an increased offensive role. She has earned a scholarship to Drexel.

Chelsea Grover, Seneca, senior, center

The 6-2 Grover is among the top defensive players in South Jersey. She is also a key player on offense, averaging 12 points last season as the Golden Eagles won the Olympic Conference Patriot Division. She became the first Seneca player to receive a Division I basketball scholarship after signing in November with the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

- Marc Narducci