Listed in projected order of finish:
(Last year’s record in parentheses.)
Zionsville (20-4): The transfer addition of senior Rachel McLimore, an Indiana Junior All-Star last year at Covenant Christian, could make the Eagles one of the most effective scoring teams around. Along with McLimore (21.3 ppg), the Eagles return their top four scorers, including sophomore guard Maddie Nolan (12.5 ppg) and Erin Patterson (10.4).
West Lafayette (21-4)
Lafayette Jeff (6-19)
Carmel (23-5): Coach Tod Windlan expects the Greyhounds to once again be state contenders after last year’s run to the regional championship, returning three of their top-five scorers. Junior starter Amy Dilk (12.0 ppg, 4.3 apg), one of the state’s top point guards, joins senior guard Olivia Christy (5.1 ppg, 2.0 apg) and junior forward Blake Smith (9.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg) as experienced leaders on a Carmel squad with six underclassmen.
Noblesville (23-5): The Millers graduated three of last season’s top four scorers and have a younger lineup with sophomores making up more than half their roster. Emily Kiser, a 6-3 junior forward, is expected to be a major contributor after averaging 9.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and has drawn offers from several mid-major Division I schools and at least one in the Big Ten.
Hamilton Southeastern (11-11): Three starters are back for the Royals, but plenty of competition for playing time is expected. Senior point guard Bre Lloyd (13.4 ppg, 3.6 apg) leads a deep backcourt, while 6-2 sophomore Amaya Hamilton (6.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg) anchors the frontcourt. Freshman Sydney Parrish should also contribute.
Fishers (6-17): A streak of injuries to key players contributed to a six-win season a year ago. Helping in the Tigers’ bounce-back efforts will be 6-4 center Audrey Turner, last year’s top rebounder (6.2 rpg) and shot blocker (3.2 bpg). Other returnees include leading scorer Ali Gerka (9.7 ppg) and junior forward Casey Walker (2.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg).
Westfield (21-4): Losing six of last year’s leading scorers to graduation leaves the Shamrocks searching for a new identity. Senior guard Morgan Clary (1.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg) joins juniors Sophia Kreag (2.6 ppg) and Ryann Bunting (2.0 ppg) as returnees from last year’s squad, which won the program’s first Hoosier Crossroads Conference title.
Greenfield-Central (23-5): A year removed from a loss in the regional championship, the Cougars return one of the top players in the state in Madison Wise, a 6-1 forward who averaged 22.7 ppg and 10.4 rpg last season and has several Division I offers. Wise’s leadership, however, will be extra valuable with Katie Helgason expected to miss a few months with an ACL injury.
Mt. Vernon (17-9): The Marauders are looking for new players to step up as scorers without Indiana All-Star Sydney Shelton, who signed with Butler. Coach Steve Doud expects returning letter winners — seniors Hannah Johnson (6.0) and Megan Gawrys (4.5 ppg) and juniors Mary Fleming (5.9 ppg) and Sophie Williams (5.8 ppg)— to lead a balanced attack.
New Castle (19-4)
Pendleton Heights (11-13): Small forward Adrienne Phillips (12.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Sam Hammel (11.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg) should shoulder most of the scoring load again this season but also have scoring depth coming off the bench with guards Maggie Dooley (9.3 ppg) and Lauren Landes (6.5 ppg).
Lawrence North (20-4): The Wildcats have only two upperclassmen but expect to be deeper than last year’s sectional champions. Seniors Destiny Perkins, an undeclared high-end point guard recruit, and Mya Parker should be key cogs as the Wildcats look to battle for another MIC championship.
North Central (18-6): Every starter returning should make the Panthers a top-level area team, especially with one of the most versatile point guards in the state in 5-10 sophomore Rikki Harris (12.0 ppg, 4.1 apg). The Panthers also pose a dynamic scoring lineup with junior Ajah Stallings (11.7 ppg), junior Taylor Ramey (10.5 ppg) and senior Indiana State commit Ajanae’ Thomas (12.4 ppg).
Cathedral (16-9): Replacing four seniors, the Irish rely upon the leadership of 5-7 junior guard Keya Patton (15.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and seniors Brooklin Alexander (3.4 ppg, 1.0 apg) and Mallory Whitsett (2.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg) to build upon last year’s success. Senior Blakley Marroquin (1.3 ppg) and junior Molly Beatty (3.1 ppg) both also add varsity experience off the bench.
Warren Central (12-12): Sophomore Shaila Beeler (15.2 ppg, 6.0 apg) is one of the top-ranked point guards in the state. The Warriors also return depth to their starting lineup with senior guard Miah Shelby (9.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg), junior forward Shaniya Caldwell-Price (7.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and sophomore forward Trinity McClendon (7.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg).
Tech (14-11): The Titans enter a rebuilding year after losing four starters to graduation, but coach Timothy Oliver hopes they will be tested with a tough early-season schedule. Junior guard Jadia Beck (5.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and senior forward Rejala Lamar (6.0 ppg, 2.0 ppg) return the most scoring depth from last season’s roster.
Lawrence Central (2-20): The Bears return just one player from last year’s seven-girl squad, but coach Stephanie Keller expects quicker guard play and more scoring in the post. Senior forward Keyaira Murff (4.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg), a Goshen College commit, is the lone returner but gets a boost from Lawrence North transfer Haley Ragonesi and freshman Jaliah Nailor.
Pike (15-5): Losing Division I talent in Tyana Robinson and Alyssa Clay to graduation, Red Devils coach Bob Anglea ushers in a team with just one senior — point guard LaRae Rascoe (4.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg) — and two sophomore starters in forwards Kinnidy Garrard and Jada Roberson.
Ben Davis (13-6): The Giants won’t be the oldest team around the MIC this season with seven underclassmen expected to contribute, but they should get a boost from freshman guard Khera Goss — the sister of 2011 IndyStar Miss Basketball Bria Goss, who starred for four seasons at Kentucky.
Perry Meridian (6-16): The Falcons’ young lineup went through the wringer last season but hopes to add depth with additions, including senior point guard Destiny Thurman, a Bloomington North transfer. A bulk of the Falcons’ scoring also returns to the starting lineup in junior forward Sadie Hill (11.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and sophomore guard Melody Johnson (12.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg).
Roncalli (24-5): The loss of four starters to graduation and two ACL injures in the offseason — to Claire Whalen and Amanda Prather — tosses the Rebels into a rebuilding year. Four-year starter Paige Saylor (8.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg) will lead the charge with help from junior guards Lauren Fey (3.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg) and Ellie Bischoff (5.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg).
Southport (12-12): Coach Bart Collins hopes the Cardinals can continue to build off last year’s progress, looking to seniors Jaelencia Williams (12.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and Emma DeHart (18.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg) for a steady inside-out scoring combination. Junior guards Andrea Vidaurre (8.0 ppg) and Grace Branson (1.9 ppg) give the Cardinals additional guard options.
Decatur Central (6-17): Coach Daryl Gibbs believes “the sky is the limit” once things start clicking for the Hawks. Two freshmen — Lindsey Duncan and Kenzee Smith — will be coming off the bench to back up a mostly senior starting lineup.
Plainfield (24-3): A strong scoring core returns for the Quakers, but the first stretch of games will be essential in ironing out some inexperience in the backcourt. Senior forwards Riley Blackwell (12.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg) and Kayla Casteel (12.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) will lead the pack and should ease sophomore Kaiah Haberkorn into her starting role.
Brownsburg (16-8): The Bulldogs struggled early in Debbie Guckenberger’s first season at the helm — losing four of their first six games. But Brownsburg steadied the ship, which included an 11-game winning streak and a month without a loss. The Bulldogs, who are led by Reilly Olmstead (15.3 ppg), lost by two points in sectional play to Plainfield, the eventual sectional champs.
Mooresville (17-7): The Pioneers return two starters after losing five players to graduation. Seniors Amanda Worland (8.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Shelby Fink (7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg) return, but Mooresville’s young team — four sophomores — will need to learn on the fly to be competitive in the Mid-State Conference.
Terre Haute North (10-10)
Terre Haute South (12-12)
Avon (4-19): The Orioles aim to push their rebuilding process another step with the addition a few transfers and the return of three starters from last season, including 5-10 forward Ariahna Rodgers (11.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg).
Center Grove (12-13): Last year’s sectional champs return plenty of experience and want to emphasize rebounding and defense. Coach Shawn Sanders considers 5-11 junior starting guard Cassidy Hardin, who led the Trojans in points (13.5) and rebounds (4.1) last season, “arguably not only the top shooter in the state, but the Midwest and country.”
Martinsville (15-8): The Artesians are led by junior guard Kayana Traylor (23.7 ppg), a Purdue verbal commit. Three players standing 5-11 or taller, including 6-1 center Christina Alexander, also give Martinsville different looks in addition to a set of experienced guards around Traylor.
Franklin Central (6-17): The Flashes return all their starters, and hope tough defense and an improved offense can put them in the hunt for a sectional championship. Senior guard Keyla Hines, a Belmont Abbey verbal commit, averaged 14.6 points, 2.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds last season.
Whiteland (14-10): A challenging schedule should prepare the Warriors for a Mid-State title shot, especially under the leadership of senior guard Sidney Crowe (10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and junior center Mackenzie Blazek (17.3 ppg, 12.8 rpg). The Warriors also tout some size with only two of 10 players listed as shorter than 5-8.
New Palestine (16-7): While getting back senior guard Raegan McMurray (12.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg) bodes well for the Dragons, the success of their season hinges on the development of young talent (five sophomores, two freshmen). Guards Haley Harrison (2.8 ppg) and Megan Jolly (1.5 ppg) and forward Katie Herron (1.8 ppg) are all projected starters after each played regular varsity minutes last season as freshmen.
Franklin (9-15): Though familiar faces round out their starting core, the Grizzly Cubs add four underclassmen expected to contribute off the bench in first-year coach Josh Sabol’s “fast-paced, up-tempo style.” Sabol also hopes his style will play to the strengths of returning seniors Allison Barnard (8.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Makenna Bertsch (6.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg) and Delanie Hill (7.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg).
Greenwood (15-10): The Woodmen lose seven seniors from last year’s squad that reached the sectional championship game, filling out their young roster with five sophomores who coach Lee Taft expects to improve throughout the season. While the fifth starter remains undecided, 5-4 guard/forward Ryan Bauer (3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg) is the lone senior in the starting five.
Columbus North (27-2)
East Central (18-7)
Bloomington South (14-10)
Columbus East (12-11)
Shelbyville (12-11): Second-year coach Jason West will look to his three seniors to pave the way as they shoot for their third consecutive winning season. Forward Alexis Tackett (9.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and guard Cora Reinhart (6.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg) return, while senior Abby Orem and sophomores Olivia Knarr and Carris Decatur round out the starting five.
Bloomington North (1-22)
Heritage Christian (26-4): The reigning 3A state champs bring back plenty of fire
Hamilton Heights (11-12): Defense is key for the Huskies against a much tougher schedule. Junior guard/forward Kayla Kirtley (12.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg) will serve as the team’s leader with Lexi Branham and Taylor Boyd both expected out until at least December with ACL injuries.
Guerin Catholic (15-12): The Golden Eagles are facing their toughest schedule to date. Returning seniors Grace Demas (3.2 ppg), Erin Fuller (2.3 ppg) and Kate Anderson (1.7 ppg) will be expected to step up after losing all four of last year’s top scorer to graduation.
Lebanon (23-4): Ending last year’s run in semistate, the Tigers face a new dynamic after losing Kristen Spolyar — the best player in school history, now at Butler — and two other starters to graduation. Four-year starters Brooke Montgomery (12.6 ppg) and Kassidi Cadle (4.9 ppg) help the Tigers retain a strong backcourt, though, while the development of younger players is the key to strengthening the backcourt.
Western Boone (18-8): The Stars welcome back three starters, including seniors Olivia Hole and Callie Gubera, but could face some size problems with no player taller than 5-9 on what coach Rich Schelsky calls his “smallest team” in his seven-year tenure. Starting guard Madison Jones also returns after leading the Stars in scoring (14.2 ppg) as a freshman last season.
Tri-West (9-15): The Bruins feature three juniors and two sophomores in the starting lineup, but coach Nathan Begle believes his team is more battle-tested after enduring a tough schedule last season. Sophomore guard Maggie Cora (9.3 ppg) returns as the team’s leading scorer alongside sophomore forward Carli Wilson (6.2 ppg), junior guard Skylar Jobe (5.0 ppg) and junior forwards Hailee Gifford (7.5 ppg) and Lilly Johnson (3.1 ppg).
North Montgomery (8-16)
Bishop Chatard (12-15): Second-year coach Katie Fisher will look to her seniors to push the Trojans, especially double-digit scorers forward Tayra Breitbach (11.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg) and guard Frankie Kontor (12.0 ppg, 1.4 apg). Senior 5-6 guard Kelly O’Brien should also give the Trojans a boost in leadership and shooting after being restricted to only a few JV games last season with an ongoing back injury.
Crispus Attucks (17-5): Senior Lauren Shepherd, who led the team in scoring (11.8 ppg) last season, will once again be an effective shooter with help from junior guard Mikia Keith (10.5 ppg) and senior forward Chyna McMichel (9.8 ppg).
Brebeuf Jesuit (8-16): The Braves will depend heavily on their six seniors, four of whom will be starters, as they attempt to defend last year’s sectional title. Junior forward Ariyanna Carroll (10.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg) should also be a major contributor after leading the Braves in scoring last season.
Manual (13-10): With a senior-packed starting lineup, the Redskins are setting their sights higher after posting a winning record for the first time in 18 years. The addition of Marshall transfer Lashelle Mitchell (15.8 ppg, 11.2 rpg) provides a key piece on both ends and takes pressure off of Trinitee Johnson (15.1 ppg), last season’s leading scorer.
Herron (10-14): Sophomores Alethea Harnish (4.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and Rylee Butcher (4.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg) both return as starters, as does junior forward Ruby Scott (1.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg). Only four players on the roster, however, appeared in varsity games last season.
Marshall (0-19): Marshall lost all 19 games last season by double-digit margins, including a 49-18 loss in the first round of the state tournament against Herron.
Indian Creek (21-5): With two varsity players missing time after knee surgeries, the Braves have only one senior to provide leadership. But Braves coach Dan Burkman isn’t counting out his team one year removed from a postseason run to the regional title game. Sophomore guard Katie Burkman (9.2 ppg, 40 percent on 3s) and junior guard Addie Rund (9.3 ppg) should shoulder a majority of the scoring responsibilities.
Danville (19-8): Gone are some major contributors, leaving behind a young core to follow up after losing just eight games last season. The addition of 5-11 freshman Ella Collier to the starting lineup — alongside 6-0 sister Addie Collier — indicates the Warriors should not lack much in the frontcourt.
Beech Grove (13-11): The Hornets return their top two scorers — Katie Giller (15.4 ppg) and Cameron Cardenas (14.0 ppg) — and hope to keep climbing after posting their first winning season in six years. Coach Kristin Raker believes changes to the coaching staff and the system in the offseason could set up the Hornets to “surprise a lot of teams.”
Cardinal Ritter (17-6): Senior point guard Abby Downard (15.0 ppg, 5.0 apg) leads a roster made up almost entirely of juniors. Outside of Downard, none of this year’s starters averaged more than five points last season.
Washington (4-12): The Continentals turned their luck around near the end of the last year, winning the final two games in the regular season, but they were knocked out in the first round of the state tournament after an 81-25 loss to Indian Creek.
Lapel (16-8): The Bulldogs’ leadership will stem from senior center Samantha Kern (11.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and 6-3 junior forward Breanna Boles, who led Lapel in scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounding (8.8 rpg) and blocks (1.9 bpg) last season.
Monroe Central (17-7)
Sheridan (15-10): Senior guard Brittany Welch, an IUPUI commit, returns as the Blackhawks’ leading scorer (19.3 ppg) and rebounder (9.3 rpg) alongside junior guard Audrey Reed (18.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg). Sophomore guard Jillian O’Flaherty also adds experience to the starting lineup, having played in all 25 games last season.
Muncie Burris (3-20)
Eastern Hancock (17-8): The Royals look nearly identical to the team that reached the sectional title game last season. Seniors Emily Carlton (9.8 ppg), Leah Ferguson (6.3 ppg), Kaysi Gilbert (5.5 ppg) and Peyton West (5.8 ppg) all return as starters with sophomore Haley Best (8.4 ppg, 34 percent on 3s) completing the starting five.
Triton Central (16-11): The Tigers are in a good position to contest the Indiana Crossroads Conference title, focused on using an aggressive defense to generate offense. Adding 6-1 senior center Courtney Raymer, who did not receive full eligibility last season after transferring from Southwestern, should also provide a strong defensive presence.
Howe (4-8): The Hornets struggled to gain traction last season and were unable to string together consecutive wins before falling 71-31 in the first round of the state tournament to Triton Central.
Covenant Christian (23-6): After falling in the state championship, the Warriors return three senior starters: guard Mikayla Cleary (7.3 ppg, 3.9 apg), guard Jaycee Ryals (1.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg) and forward Jacki Halderman (4.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg). Sophomore forward Jhordan McGuire moves into the starting lineup after averaging 3.5 points and 5.7 rebounds a year ago.
Park Tudor (11-13): Having reached the sectional final two straight seasons, the Panthers expect the trend to continue with every player returning from last year. Sophomore guard Taylee Nibbs, who set a scoring record with 324 points last season, leads the charge, while the Panthers should also get a boost from 5-8 sophomore forward Davinique Campbell.
Speedway (4-17): After struggling to find their way without any seniors last year, the Sparkplugs bring a more experienced lineup with seniors Regan Hubbard (9.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Hannah Sherfick (1.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg) serving as the core leadership. Hannah Lindsey, who averaged 10 points per game and made 45 3-pointers last season, will also be a key contributor.
Scecina (12-11): First-year coach Jim McNulty has a young team with only three seniors returning. The Crusaders should benefit from playing five of their first six games at home. Seniors Syah Burnett, Danielle Lawson and Audrey Sutton all return as starters.
Broad Ripple (4-18): The Rockets were able to win four home games but struggled especially on the road, ending their season with a 68-13 loss to Covenant Christian, the 2A state runner-ups.
Shortridge (3-14): The Blue Devils posted their first losing season under fourth-year coach Kacie Symes, facing issues with scoring all season and allowing opponents on several occasions to score more than 70 points.
Monrovia (15-10): Coach Kevin Rounds says 5-8 forward Alicia Whitney (9.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg) will “set the tone.” Seniors Bre Tharp, a 6-1 center, and Lindsey Keen, a 5-4 guard, have experience that should back up Whitney in the starting lineup.
Cascade (16-9): Winning nine straight and 12 of their final 14 games to close out the regular season, the Cadets hope to feed off of that momentum with a fully returned roster. Senior guard Makayla Collier (14.6 ppg, 38 percent on 3s) and Bayleigh Walker (10.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) are both expected to contribute.
South Putnam (11-12)
North Putnam (3-20)
Tindley (24-3): The Tigers return a core group of juniors and get a boost from Nola Wilson, a 5-6 guard transfer from Hamilton Southeastern who averaged 10.8 points and 2.0 rebounds last year. Juniors Skye Williams (18.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Kendall Fisher (15.7 ppg, 5.6 apg) are the two starters with the most experience.
University (15-9): Four starters return, including senior guard and leading scorer Emma Caress (12.4 ppg).
Indiana Deaf (15-8): Coach Amanda Huser touts a blend of young talent and experienced returnees, including senior point guard Isabella Paulone (17.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and senior guard Demi Bingham (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
International (18-7): The Gryphons enter a rebuilding season after losing several key players, including their top two scorers. Junior forward Maya Caldwell (10.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg) supplies some experience, as coach Randy Saxton is counting on newer players to step in and become quick contributors.
Bethesda Christian (15-9): The Patriots are looking for their fifth straight winning season, and third under coach Nate Cartledge.
Metropolitan (9-15): With 10 wins over the past three seasons combined, the Pumas are looking for their first winning season in program history.
Indiana Math & Science (4-8): The Knights enter their fifth season of play trying to best the program’s seven wins it picked up in 2014-15 season.
Greenwood Christian (15-10): The Hawks welcome back 70 percent of last year’s scoring and a quick style of play, expecting once again to contend for the Pioneer Conference crown. Junior forward/center Sarah Mangan (13.1 ppg, 13.0 rpg) poses a threat inside the paint while Grace Peters (8.3 ppg), Grace Apgar (7.5 ppg) and Kate Cruse (6.3 ppg) supply balanced guard play.
Central Christian (10-13)
Arlington (14-8): Senior guard Alec Fitts (20.1 ppg, 7.4 spg) highlights four returning starters, a group that also includes senior forward Monterey Cobb (6.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg), junior forward Dae’Shiona Wright (6.1 ppg) and sophomore guard Akila Holland (7.2 ppg, 4.8 spg). Freshman guard Keara Weems is also a projected starter.
Morristown (10-14): Building chemistry with a young squad, one that includes no seniors, is key for second-year coach Bryan Wolfe. Juniors Grace Young (6.3 ppg, 2.6 apg), Alayna Munson (9.5 ppg, 2.0 spg) and Autumn Borders (7.3 ppg, 75 percent FT) bring the most experience.
Lutheran (8-17): Five starters return, led by sophomore Rylee Morris (9.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and Stormy Bonds (8.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg). Junior point guard Darianne Snyder (3.9 ppg, 3.0 apg), junior forward Erin Pasch (5.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and sophomore Jaden Feller (4.3 ppg) round out the starting lineup.
Edinburgh (10-15): Losing several taller players downsized the Lancers, but fourth-year coach Amy Macy-Schilling wants her team honing its quickness and aggressive defense to compensate. The Lancers will rely heavily on the experience of returning seniors Allie Schooler and Bri Howard to lead a younger roster through the season.
Eminence (13-10): The Eels return no seniors but hope to lay a strong foundation for the future with two juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen. Sophomore guard Veda Riffel and Taja Davis are both returning starters.
Rising Sun (14-10)
Southwestern (Shelbyville) (13-11): In his first season in charge, Noah Stuckey doubled the Spartans’ win total from the year prior (six to 13) and led Southwestern to the sectional championship game.
Waldron (11-11): Hannah Sullivan (8.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Morgan Wood (6.1 ppg) and Victoria Shaw (3.9 ppg) all return as starters after being regular contributors as freshmen last season, but the trio will also be responsible for helping build team chemistry with five new freshmen.
South Decatur (3-19)
Oldenburg Academy (1-20)