The 2015-16 Super 7
Gabby Cajou, North Rockland: After flying under most opponents’ radars while playing alongside Ciera Rivera and Olivia Burden, the lightning-quick Manhattan College bound senior guard will be the headliner for the Red Raiders this season.
Kayla Correa, New Rochelle: A confident ball handler, the Coppin State-bound senior guard will look to lead a Huguenots squad that graduated just two seniors from a section-quarterfinalist squad.
Korina Guerra, Ursuline: A junior shooting guard for what should be a talented Koalas team, Guerra committed to Sacred Heart on Saturday. The 5-foot-9 guard also had an offer from Hofstra and drew interest from nearly a dozen other Division I programs including Seton Hall, Marist, and Delaware.
Lindsay Halpin, Irvington: The junior point guard may be the only returning starter from last year’s state semifinalist team, but the Section 1 Class B tournament MVP is a pretty good returnee for head coach Gina Maher.
Teisha Hyman, Woodlands: The 5-foot-9 shooting guard has already picked up Division I offers (Rutgers, South Florida) before even sitting through a single class of high school. Hard to believe the freshman dynamo still has four seasons of varsity play left.
Lanay Rodney, Peekskill: A dynamic 5-foot-9 shooting guard, Rodney is one of the most aggressive players in the section and will be the driving force of a talented Lady Red Devils roster. The senior has offers from Hofstra and Hartford, but is currently uncommitted.
Shadeen Samuels, Ossining: Arguably the biggest recruit out of the area this year, Samuels made her commitment to Seton Hall official two weeks ago with her National Letter of Intent signing. Now the senior center will try and lead the Pride to a fourth consecutive Class AA state title.
The Second 7
Alexa Amalbert, Nanuet, Jr.
Lisana Burnett, Peekskill, Sr.
Maddie Eck, Rye, Sr.
Aubrey Griffin, Ossining, Fr.
Kailah Harris, Ossining, Fr.
Dani LaRochelle, Albertus Magnus, So.
Katie Popp, Rye, Jr.
2015-16 lohud.com girls basketball preseason rankings
1. Ossining — Pride head coach Dan Ricci said this “probably the most athletic team” he’s ever had during his 25-year tenure at Ossining, which includes three consecutive Class AA state titles from 2013-15. Despite their youth and having graduating four collegiate players, the Pride have plenty of height and talent to retain the No. 1 spot.
2. North Rockland — The Red Raiders graduated one of the most prolific scoring tandems in program history in Ciera Rivera and Olivia Burden, who combined for 1,947 career points, but have a much better balanced scoring attack this year. Freshman forward Jaida Patrick will complement 6-foot-2 senior center Pam Miceus in the paint, and sophomore guard Lexi Huertas is an exceptional shot from the perimeter.
3. Albertus Magnus — Owners of arguably the deepest roster in the section, the Falcons will beat most teams with their first or second string on the floor. Sophomore shooting guard Kate Mager, poised to have a breakout season, already grabbed MVP honors at the Richard McNichol Turkey Tipoff this past weekend.
4. Peekskill — The Albertus Magnus-Peekskill rivalry in Class A isn’t going anywhere. The Lady Red Devils, sporting their third coach (Kim Saxton) in three years, are favorites to return to the section final for the fifth time in six years. Peekskill returns three starters, and should get strong production out of junior Nyrie Holliman.
5. Scarsdale — The Raiders and head coach Mike Blanco can only look at last year as the one that “could’ve been,” after battling a swarm of injuries all season. Fortunately for Scarsdale, it returns starting seniors Alexis Kline, Rachel Cohen, and Washington recruit Lindsay Kramer. If the Raiders can stay healthy, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in Class AA.
6. Lourdes — It’s almost absurd to think that a team that gave Ossining a run for its money in last year’s section final not only brings back four starters from the title game, but will have them back next year, as well. The Warriors took a hit to their offense when graduating all-state guard Emily Ferreri, but Lourdes has plenty of experience to try and fill that offensive void by February.
7. Rye — After years of knocking on the door of the Class A section final, this could be the year the Garnets finally get in. Led by the dynamic scoring duo of Eck and Popp, and the underrated skills of senior point guard Taylor Maurer, Rye will be right in the mix of the Class A conversation again this season.
8. Ursuline — With more than 500 wins and a half-dozen section titles to her credit, Koalas head coach Beth Wooters is not used to losing. Surely, the Ursuline Hall of Fame coach hasn’t forgotten last year’s section quarterfinal upset to Scarsdale, which should only fuel her and the team’s drive to make a statement this year.
9. New Rochelle — First year head coach Bob Bynum understands the season is a marathon, not a sprint. “I don’t need them to be great right now,” he said Friday. “I need them to be great later on, when we’re in the playoffs.” The Huguenots bring back three starters in Correa and juniors Nicole Ziogas and Stephanie Ryder. New Rochelle has plenty of height, which should help it hang with the other Class AA teams.
10. Fox Lane — An extremely athletic bunch, the Foxes return all-section senior guard Emily O’Mahoney and sophomore forward Maria Violante, an all-section honorable mention, in addition to the versatile senior Sorvina Carr. With Class AA boasting yet another deep field, the Foxes are definitely a team to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
Class AA — 1. Ossining, 2. North Rockland, 3. Scarsdale, 4. Lourdes, 5. Ursuline
Class A — 1. Albertus Magnus, 2. Peekskill, 3. Rye, 4. Harrison, 5. Eastchester
Class B — 1. Briarcliff, 2. Westlake, 3. Valhalla, 4. Ardsley, 5. Irvington
Class C — 1. Hamilton, 2. Haldane, 3. North Salem, 4. Keio, 5. Solomon Schechter