PLAYERS TO WATCH
Azana Baines, Gloucester Catholic, Guard/Forward, Sr.
Baines was one of the most highly recruited players in the entire region and signed a letter of intent to Duke University in November. She is the reigning player of the year and averaged more than 20 points per game, six rebounds and 3.4 assists last season.
Johns averaged more than 14 points and more than 10 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Her already polished low-post game should advance even further with another year of experience.
Morgan Robinson, Kingsway, Guard, Sr.
One of the area’s premier point guards and playmakers averaged 17.1 points per game last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury in February. She’s now back for her senior campaign.
Jada Williams, Gloucester Catholic, Forward, So.
Williams averaged a double-double in her first high school season. Her more than 14 points per game provided a low-post presence for Gloucester Catholic and her game should take a big step forward as a sophomore.
TEAMS TO WATCH
The Lions shared the Tri-County Conference-Classic Division title last year and were the second-seed in South Jersey, Group 1 before a semifinal upset loss to Woodbury. Gloucester loses two of its top four scorers, but returns Chloe Bennett (14 points per game) and Allyson Velez (seven points per game) as it navigates the newly formed Tri-County Conference-Liberty Division.
The two-time defending team of the year has two of the area’s best players in Azana Baines and Jada Williams, return four of their top five scorers. In addition to the star-power, the Rams bring back secondary contributors like juniors Lynzie Eggers and Mycala Carney. However, they must deal with the loss of junior sharp-shooter Bella Steidle, who is now at Clearview.