All players are seniors unless noted.
1. Birmingham Marian
2013-14 record: 25-2.
Outlook: With four starters returning, the defending Class A state champ is the overwhelming favorite to win another title. Kara Holinski is a good perimeter shooter, and she is even more effective because of the way her teammates attack the basket. Junior Bailey Thomas and sophomore Samantha Thomas do a little bit of everything from rebounding to defense to scoring. Brittany Gray, 5-feet-11, is athletic and will be the team’s best rebounder and a consistent scorer. Jaeda Robinson, who started a few games last season, will fit in nicely.
2013-14 record: 22-3.
Outlook: This is a team capable of winning the Class B title. McKenna Ott (Hillsdale) averaged 13 points and can score inside and from three-point range. Kenzie DeCook (Northwood) is quicker and handles the ball well and can deliver scoring when needed. Adrianna Stolicker (Northwood) is much improved and can knock down three-point shots. Junior Karson Tripp, 6-1, is difficult to defend because she can score in the paint and step out beyond the arc and score. Junior Megan Mowid has good basketball instincts, and Shannon Szedlak uses her quickness to be a lockdown defender on the perimeter.
3. Grand Rapids Catholic Central
2013-14 record: 19-5.
Outlook: Look for the return of the glory years for CC, which has a pair of dynamite sophomores in Sophia Karasinski, a good scorer and rebounder, and 6-1 Kyra Bussell, a low-post scorer who can hit shots from the perimeter. Michaela Faber, 6-1, will bang inside in the post. Bri Spica is a dangerous shooting guard. Junior Megan Belke is a high-energy player who will impact every aspect of the game, and Shannon McNeely is the team’s best on-the-ball defender. Sophomore Saniya Huggins adds depth at the point, and 5-10 sophomore Myka Cromwell and junior Jo-Ann Torres give CC the deepest backcourt in the state.
4. Ypsilanti Arbor Prep
2013-14 record: 22-4.
Outlook: This Class B quarterfinalist will be the team to beat now that it is in Class C and an overwhelming favorite to win the state title. Nastassja Chambers attacks the basket from the wing and finishes well. Senior Zakiya Wells (Northwood) is a four-year starter who is an exceptional point guard. Karlee Morris, 6-0, is an exceptional jumper. Payton Sims, 5-10, is a three-point specialist. Sophomore Adrienne Anderson is good in transition and plays tough defense.
5. Ann Arbor Huron
2013-14 record: 19-5.
Outlook: This could be the deepest team in the state. From one through 11, all of the players are capable of having big games, and that means the River Rats will do their best to make every game a 94-foot affair. Ariel Bethea (Detroit Mercy), 5-9, scores on slashing moves to the basket and is a tremendous defender. Junior Cheah Rael-Whitsitt, 5-11, is another determined defender who can score. Sophomore Emily Marsh, 5-11, knocks down three-point shots and stretches the defense.
6. Dearborn Divine Child
2013-14 record: 15-9.
Outlook: Marian is a big favorite to win the Catholic League title, but DC will make it difficult. Riley Blair (Ferris State), 5-10, will be more aggressive in looking to score, and she is a smothering defender and good rebounder. Hannah Brefeld, 5-11, is strong around the basket and plays excellent post defense. Maureen Butler, 6-0, knows how to finish around the basket, and Madeline Barnauskas, 5-11, is a lefty who will add quality depth to a dominating inside game. Point guard Hailey Case is an effective point guard because of her court vision, Kelsee Kinder is a jet streaking down the court, and Mariel Dunn is the team’s best defensive player and makes all the hustle plays.
7. Grand Rapids Christian
2013-14 record: 20-6.
Outlook: This could be the best bet from the west side of the state to make a long tournament run. Kortney Deurloo (Davenport) is an offensive force who will help with rebounding. Junior Jocelyn Taylor, 5-10, is a post player who will pop out and hit shots. Ashley Duncan is a dynamo at the point. She plays excellent pressure defense and is a terrific ball handler who will do all of the little things that don’t show up in a box score. Rachel Winters, 6-2, is a true inside/outside player who can be dominant in the post and is capable of playing either forward spot.
8. Grosse Pointe South
2013-14 record: 22-2.
Outlook: This will be a versatile, deep team that revolves around three guards who can play any perimeter position. Cierra Rice (Illinois) averaged 18 points last season and is one of the best point guards, but she can also score in the post. Junior Anna Carmody can run the point and get into the paint and score. Aliezza Brown is a fine shooter and excels on defense. Junior Benna Ames, 6-3, is tough in the post and can step out and hit the perimeter shot. Katie Kish is a defensive ace.
2013-14 record: 18-6.
Outlook: This is still a young team, but look for an improved season from this talented squad. The junior Bello twins — 6-2 Taiye, who averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, and 6-3 Kehinde, who has improved dramatically — give the Chargers quite a tandem in the post. That will open the perimeter for sophomore Deja Church, who averaged 12 points as a freshman. Junior Antoinette Miller does a good job distributing the ball and can score when needed. Cydney Ellis, a transfer from Ferndale, will help in a variety of ways.
2013-14 record: 22-3.
Outlook: There could be another long tournament run in the Martians’ future. Tania Davis (Iowa) has been a prime-time player since her freshman year, and she might be the quickest player in the state. She has made a jump in her ability to knock down perimeter shots, and she always has been good at taking the ball to the basket. Isabella O’Brien (Michigan Tech), 6-2, will be an inside force and a rugged back-to-the-basket scorer. She rebounds well and has excellent timing to block shots. Junior Alexis Sevillian (Iowa), 5-8, averaged 12 points and is surprisingly strong for her size and will help with rebounding.
11. Benton Harbor
2013-14 record: 21-4.
Outlook: With four returning starters, the Tigers will be a serious contender in Class B. Kalabrya Gondrezick (Michigan State) is a terrific point guard who has improved her scoring. Her sister, Kysre, a junior, is the state’s best player and averaged 29.4 points as a sophomore. Dennee Brown is the defensive stopper who will add to the scoring. Gabrielle Dortch, 6-0, 6-2 junior Kaniya Washington and 6-0 sophomore Grace Burke add an inside presence missing last season. Junior Juwana Young will help at both guard spots.
12. Detroit King
2013-14 record: 21-4.
Outlook: This will be a challenging year for the Crusaders, who have to replace four starters. Janae Williams averaged nine points and was more of a support player last season. Sophomore Alicia Norman saw spot duty on the varsity as a sophomore last season. Malaysia McHenry, 6-1, was a role player a year ago, and she will have to come front and center this season. She is an excellent rebounder and runs the floor well.
13. Farmington Hills Harrison
2013-14 record: 17-4.
Outlook: The OAA Red Division champs could repeat in an even better division and head into the state tournament with a lot of steam. Kyla Roland (Davidson), 6-1, is tough in the post, and she rules the paint on defense. Junior Amber Stephens will score taking the ball to the basket and on perimeter jumpers. Junior Kristen Nelson’s court awareness makes her a natural point guard who can control a game’s tempo. A bonus is her scoring ability. Katie Conrad will help with rebounding, and Deja Hunter adds solid defense and perimeter scoring.
14. Midland Bullock Creek
2013-14 record: 24-2.
Outlook: All five starters return to the Class B semifinalists. Halee Nieman (Saginaw Valley) can guard anyone from a point guard to a post player and is quite unselfish for someone who averaged 14 points. Ellie Juengel is a spot-up perimeter shooter who has improved her quickness. Hannah Heldt sets the competitive tone for this outfit and will win every effort play. Junior Madison Hill will run the point and is a lockdown defender. Junior Alyssa Mudd, 5-11, is recovering from a broken ankle and will help inside when she returns late this season.
2013-14 record: 22-1.
Outlook: This is a balanced team that could have as many as nine different starters. Junior Emily Kott is a tremendous floor general. Junior Emily Thompson is a lockdown defender on the perimeter. Junior Emma Burns, 6-0, is a shot blocker in the post and will get help from 5-10 junior Mackenzie Thompson and 5-10 Jessica Gustad. Junior Audrey Tomaszewski scores a lot of points in transition, and sophomore Natalie Kott is a pure shooter with excellent vision. Annie Fuller (Michigan State, track) can quicken the pace of the game.
2013-14 record: 18-5.
Outlook: The Wolves return one of the best all-around players in the state in Erika Davenport (22 points, 14 rebounds), who has been an unstoppable inside force for three years. She will be able to play on the perimeter a bit more because of the presence of 6-1 freshman Kayla Luchenbach, who will occupy the paint. Jessica Altente is bigger and stronger and can help inside. Ashley Skaggs is a dynamite shooter and will take pressure off the inside players. Kayla Russell will deliver the ball to the eight players, and Taylor Mullins is a top-notch defensive ace.
17. Birmingham Detroit Country Day
2013-14 record: 23-2.
Outlook: With five freshmen and five sophomores, this is a young team, but there is plenty of talent. Sophomore Destiny Pitts, 5-10, is a do-it-all kind of player. Kristina Grace, 5-9, has been an undersized post, but she will move to forward with the emergence of 6-2 sophomore Tylar Bennett. Jordan Wright will score with slashing moves to the basket. Junior Arika Tolbert is a good point guard. Sophomore Sheldon Bochenek, 6-0, will help with rebounding and scoring in the paint.
2013-14 record: 15-7.
Outlook: The Bulldogs got more than just one of the best volleyball players in the state when 6-3 Cori Crocker (Michigan volleyball) moved in this fall. Crocker was a powerful post presence when Grand Ledge advances to the Class A semifinals last March. Alexandra Forter (Spring Arbor) is a steady point guard who can score from the perimeter and sets the tone defensively. Jessica Savage (Embry Riddle) is a three-year veteran. Kelsey Todd is a perimeter threat. Junior Beth Dzieken, 5-11, will help in the post, and Morgan Belford can contribute in the post and outside.
19. Dearborn Heights Robichaud
2013-14 record: 5-16.
Outlook: Go ahead and laugh, but this should be the most improved team in the state. Chavon Tiggs, 6-0, who averaged 17 points and eight rebounds at Flint Southwestern last season, will be a featured scorer. Sophomore Kamaria McDaniel, a transfer from Country Day, will add stability to the backcourt. Sophomore Kayla Brown, 5-7, is another talented point guard. Arionna Davis, who averaged 18 points last season, will score a lot and be the team’s defensive stopper. Junior Nicole Buffington, 6-0, will be tough in the post and help with rebounding. Psyche Gray, who missed most of last season, and Mariah Nobles add quality depth at guard.
20. Waterford Kettering
2013-14 record: 20-4.
Outlook: The four-time defending KLAA North champ could be headed for its fifth straight title if it can defend quicker teams and come through with dependable play at the point. Lauren Tewes (Gannon), 5-10, is a highly skilled player capable of playing guard or forward. With Julia Kroll (Lawrence Tech), 6-0, and junior Haley Tewes, 5-11, the Captains have two more players who can score inside and on the perimeter, and all three are solid with the ball. Sophomore Lillia Schoof, 6-0, can help with rebounding and inside scoring.