Angola has plenty of scoring punch. The Hornets will have to make up for losing some size.
Angola captured the NECC title last year, going 10-0 in conference games and 21-2 overall.
Twin sisters Rachel and Ericka Rinehart, Claire Grubb and Kylie Bidlack are among the top returning scorers.
Its nice. All were missing is some size inside, Angola coach John Berger said. Its nice to have the scoring returning. Well keep on clicking that way and make our adjustments defensive-wise what to do inside.
Were going to have to put a lot more ball pressure on. We do have some size, but we just dont have the depth that we had last year.
Rachel Rinehart, who is headed to IPFW, averaged 14.5 points and 5.9 assists last season. Rachel and Ericka made the All-NECC team.
They can score on their own, thats for darn sure, Berger said. We need everybody involved and not just relying on those two.
Fremont had seven seniors on a sectional championship team last year.
They are gone, but junior Miranda White is back. White averaged 8.5 points and 7.4 rebounds to earn All-NECC honors.
She plays inside, and shes just relentless, Fremont coach Neal Frantz said. Shes a very good post player and a hard worker. Shes very aggressive and relentless going inside after the ball and scoring around the basket. Shes worked hard in the offseason to make herself better. I think shes going to have a really good year.
Caitlin Loffer, Kailyn Sherburne and Kelsey Sichling will be among those ready to step in.
We have a few people that have been waiting their time to play behind the seniors, Frantz said.
West Noble returns its top three scorers from last year in Haley Richardson (12 points per game), Kelsie Peterson (10 ppg) and Ashley Shepherd (7 ppg).
It is nice having the top three scorers returning, West Noble coach Dale Marano said. We have a strong sophomore and freshman class. Were feeling pretty good about where we are at right now and feeling pretty good about the season.
Fairfield, with the expected return of Haley Brown, and Prairie Heights, led by Tressa Terry, are also expected to contend.
Savannah Labenz, Chandler Blake and Jacey Keener are the senior leaders for Churubusco. Coach Jamie Perlich said the Eagles will be young.
It may take us a little while to get to where we want to be, but hopefully well get there before too long, Perlich said.
Lindsey Stoy, Sanne Van Roessel and Lindsay Upp are expected to be key contributors for Hamilton, along with Taylor Merritt. Eastside is looking to get leadership out of its junior class of Bre Crager, Lindsey Jones, Leah Ward and Kaci Shook.
Lakeland looks to bounce back from a 3-7 conference season.
Central Nobles top scorer from last year Tiffany Simcox is back. Courtney Steele is coming off a good summer, coach Lynford Yoder said.