Last season, Delco Christian ran the table in league play before being upset by Springfield (Montco) in the second round of the Bicentennial Athletic League playoffs. The Knights rebounded and rallied to reach the state Class A semifinals.
With the graduation of all-time leading scorer Emily Homan, Delco Christian will rely on sophomore guard Stacey MacArthur, who is looking to follow up on a breakthrough season. She'll be joined by junior Jocelyn Chavous in a young Knights lineup.
"You never fully make up for losing four seniors, but certainly Stacy and Jocelyn are a big part of coming back," coach Mark Weaver said. "I'm really looking forward to coaching them, but basketball is a game of five. You need other people to step up, and that's what I'm hoping for this year."
Defending champion Lower Moreland will be led by leading scorer Ali Morganstein. The senior guard averaged 14 points during the Lions' playoff run. League runner-up Springfield lost its top-three scorers to graduation and will look toward the senior combo of guard Taylor DelMonte and forward Maureen Leis.
Mercy Vocational breezed through both the Penn-Jersey and Tri-County Leagues last season to capture the school's first girls' basketball titles.
They're in great shape to repeat, as they return their top three scorers: senior guards Michaiah Young and Teharah Worrell and junior small forward Linette Young. Coach John Hillman said the most important factor about the three is their lack of selfishness and willingness to help the team's younger players.
Beyond Mercy Vocational, Barrack Hebrew sports the tandem of forward Jenna Glassman and point guard Tamara Moskowitz. West-Mont Christian lost forward Nicole Davis, who graduated, but returns senior guard Maria Picard and sophomore forward Kylie Stinson.
Coach Ron Heffelfinger said Stinson spent time at center last season and is a "solid rebounder with a pretty good inside game." Although Picard plays the point, Heffelfinger said she's the team's best perimeter shooter.
- Matt Breen