Suburban One League
A year after reaching the state quarterfinals, North Penn will lean on its own version of the Big Three during its Suburban One girls' basketball season. How long that season lasts could depend on the Maidens' Little Three.
North Penn is athletic, with a bunch of ball handlers, and has three seniors set to play at the next level (Erin Maher, Philadelphia University; Vicky Tumasz, Shippensburg; Bri Cullen, Widener).
But Coach Maggie deMarteleire said the season should ultimately come down to how quickly her three freshman guards (Sam Carangi, Irisa Ye, and Jess Huber) adapt.
Central Bucks West tied North Penn atop the Continental Conference last season to clinch at least a share of the title for the first time since 1999. The Bucks will look to be back atop the league, thanks to Michigan-bound junior Nicole Munger, a smooth point guard, and all-league shooter Mackenzie Carroll.
Bianca Picard, Souderton's 5-foot-7 combination guard, will head to Division I NJIT next year. Before then, Picard and smooth guard Allison Gallagher will look to send the Indians on a deep playoff run.
Longtime Council Rock South assistant Liz Potash takes over a talented squad at Central Bucks East. Courtney Webster, a 6-2 all-league center bound for LeMoyne, has a great feel for the game and should control the post. With Webster and senior point guard Karoline White, the Patriots boast one of the league's top inside-outside combinations.
In the National, Abington returns every key player, including dynamic guard Deja Rawls, who averaged almost 15 points last year. She will share the backcourt with senior Gigi Vitelli and all-league junior Sammy Lochner. The Ghosts are deep, and few teams can match up with 6-2 rebounding machine Michael Harris.
Neshaminy, which improved by 12 wins last year, will lean on Sarah Oliveria and soccer star Megan Schafer. Council Rock South has Taylor Dillon coming off another stellar soccer season.
Pennsbury power forward Sajanna Bethea, a steady all-around star with a knack for rebounding and a terrific jump shot, will take her talents to Division I St. Peter's next year. This season, she will team with three-point specialist Kaitlin Kelly to give the Falcons a potent attack.
One year after going undefeated in the American, and finishing third in the district, Upper Dublin has 5-10 forward Regan Gallagher (10.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and 5-9 guard Kayla McAneny (5.6 ppg) pointing the Cardinals toward a playoff return.
First-team all-league guard Briana Hedgepeth and 5-10 forward Keifonna Ferguson are back to lead a speedy Norristown squad that won 19 games.
- Mark Macyk