Girls basketball previews

PHOENIXVILLE

Coach: Kevin Bornstadt (first year)

Last year: 3-10 Frontier Division, 5-17 overall, reached District 1-AAA playoffs.

Players to watch: Jada Boyce, Sr. (13.3 ppg); Nomi Washington, Jr. (7.0 ppg)

Outlook: Boyce worked inside to earn 101 trips to the free throw line last year and will try to improve her shooting percentage during her senior year. Phantoms lost Aubree Flagg (11.1 ppg) to graduation.

SPRING-FORD

Coach: Mickey McDaniel (first season)

Last year: 13-0 Liberty Divsion, 32-2 overall, PAC-10 champions, District 1-AAAA champions, PIAA Class AAAA champion.

Top returning players: Sammy Stipa, Sr. 5-5 (11.2 ppg, 104 steals, 83 assists); Shelby Mueller, Sr. 5-10 (10.6 ppg, 209 rebounds); Maggie Locke, Jr. 6-0 (4.9 ppg, 124 rebounds).

Others to watch: Julia Roshelli, Abby Beyer, Molly Haynes, Amy Roth, Kaity Dougherty.

Outlook: Spring-Ford won its first-ever girls basketball state title under head coach Jeff Rinehimer last year. Rinehimer then resigned after 19 years at the helm. McDaniel served as an assistant coach and moves into the head coach role. Stipa earned first team All-State status as a guard and has already signed with Lafayette. The Rams graduated Brittany Moore (6.8 ppg), Sammi Haas (5.6 ppg), Courtney Hinnant (6.3 ppg), Kirsten Landis (2.1 ppg) and Sarah Payonk (10.5 ppg), who combined to provide 1,049 points and 585 rebounds.

Coachs comments: We realize to compete night in and night out with the conference and non-conference schedule that is in front of us, we have to become a good team. Our goal is to become better ech time we take the court than the previous day so that by the end of the season, we can possibly be a very good team. Leadership will be the main ingredient that is needed since we have a mixture of experience and youth.

PERKIOMEN VALLEY

Coach: Dave Cranston (first year)

Last year: 6-7 Liberty Division, 13-10 overall

Players to watch: Jules Hoisington, Sr., 5-9; Katie Armstrong, Soph. (10.9 ppg).

Outlook: Armstrong is the lone player returing who averaged double figures last winter. The Vikings figure Hoisington will be a bigger factor this season. Perkiomen Valley graduated Mikki Guiton (15 ppg), who is playing at Manhattan College.