Sussex Tech High School
Head coach: Chester Davis
2012 record: 9-11
Key returning players: Castaysha Lewis, Shelby Towers, Margaret Allison, Erykah Tolliver, Para Washam
Key newcomers: Melania Clark, Charelle Lewis, Heaven Carter
Season outlook: The Sussex Tech Ravens girls basketball squad returns to the hardwood for another season after posting a 9-11 record last year. Despite finishing below .500, the Ravens’ record was good enough to earn them a playoff berth. In the first round they upset Padua by a point before falling to Smyrna in the second round of the tournament. The Ravens will lose just three seniors from last year’s squad, Alijae Cannon, Ciera Lewis and Thomeka Floyd. After having a fairly young team last year, the Ravens should be even younger this year. With two returning seniors, Castayasha Lewis and Shelby Towers leading the way, the Ravens will predominately be made up of underclassmen. Margaret Allison, Erykah Tolliver, Para Washam, Aliyah Sample-Bowden and Maria Rosas return for their junior seasons, hoping to add depth at multiple positions. Meanwhile, Heaven Carter, Melania Clark and Charalle Lewis all hope to make an impact after making the squad last season as freshmen. The Lady Ravens open their season this Friday night when they travel to take on the Cape Henlopen Vikings at 7:15 p.m.
Sussex Central High School
Nickname: Golden Knights
Head coach: Ron Dukes
2012 record: 16-4
Key returning players: Jasmine Hudson, Taylor Pritchett, Jada Smack
Key newcomers: Savannah Zaorski
Season outlook: After an impressive 16-4 record last season, the Sussex Central Golden Knights girls basketball team enters a new season looking to duplicate their success from a year ago. Central had a remarkable run to the playoffs last season, after dropping two straight to St. Mark’s and St. Elizabeth in early January, the Golden Knights didn’t lose a game the rest of the way, going 9-0 to end the regular season. While Central fell to Tower Hill in the first round of the tournament, there is still plenty to build upon heading into the new campaign. With a solid group of returning players, including Jasmine Hudson, Taylor Pritchett and Jada Smack, the Golden Knights should once again contend in the Henlopen Conference. Central will also look for contributions from some of the younger returning players, such as Kevona Morgan, Emily Truitt, Desmonee Jacobs and Tatyanna Jenkins. The Lady Knights will open their season this Friday night when they travel to take on the Polytech Panthers at 6 p.m.
Coach’s quote: “We want to challenge for the Henlopen North and advance further in the state tournament.”
Delmarva Christian High School
Head coach: John Marvel
2012 record: 6-13
Key returning players: Rachael Betts, Jayne Stevens, Amanda Williams
Key newcomers: Rachel Esposito, Lizzie Stevens, Diamon Williams, Allie Zitvogel
Season outlook: Last season, the Delmarva Christian girls basketball squad finished a disappointing 6-13. And while their record wasn’t great, the Royals were able to win four of their final five contests last season to finish with their heads held high. Entering a brand new campaign, the Royals hope to build off their strong finish last season and translate that into more wins this year. Seniors Amanda Williams, Jayne Stevens, and Rachael Betts will help lead a young group of Royals this season. Along with the seniors, underclassmen including Bailey and Mackenzie Kinnikin, Lexi and Michal LaFreniere, and Katherine and Kirah Harmon hope to add much needed depth to the team this season. Meanwhile, freshmen Lizzie Stevens, Diamon Williams, Allie Zitvogel and Rachel Esposito hope to contribute in their first seasons. The Lady Royals open up their regular season schedule this Friday night when they host Archmere Academy at 7 p.m.