In her first days at Willingboro this preseason, it was impossible - as it's impossible for anyone who has watched the team play - for first-year coach Marchelle Coleman to not immediately notice forward Micahya Owens.

At 5-foot-10, Owens is tall, fast, and athletic and one of the most talented players on one of the top teams in the area.

"I expect a lot from her this season," Coleman said. "She's a very strong player. The best part of her game is the fact that she can do it all and doesn't even know that she's doing it.

"She's just a pure, gifted athlete. The game comes easy to her - rebounding, passing, scoring. When a situation comes when we're down, we can get the ball to her, and she can create. She just knows how to create things and make things happen."

That was certainly the case last season in her sophomore year, when she averaged 18.3 points and put herself on pace to become just the 23d player in South Jersey history to score 2,000 points.

With the transfer of senior point guard Nola Henry from Trenton Catholic and the return of Aaliyah Saud-Lewis and Imani Stepney, both of whom missed last season with injuries, Willingboro has one of the deepest, strongest teams in South Jersey.

As much as it would be wise to do so, it's going to be impossible for teams to focus solely on stopping Owens, making an already dangerous player even more of a threat.

"I think we're a very young, very talented team," Coleman said. "Once we jell, we're going to be very successful. And Micahya is obviously a big part of that."