AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN COACH: Keith Walton, first year
2001 RECORD: N/A
RETURNING STARTERS: C Virginia Wright (Jr., 5-8); F Crystin Cromer (Sr., 5-6).
OUTLOOK: Walton takes over a team that lost its leading scorer (Melissa Wright) and its starting point guard (Stephanie Byler). The Lady Lions are young and lack experience, which might hurt them this season.
COACH: Kevin Furtado, third year
2001 RECORD: 9-15
RETURNING STARTERS: G Abby Alexander (So. 5-3, 110); G Rebecca Smith (Sr., 5-5, 115).
OUTLOOK: Smith and Alexander provide leadership to an Augusta Prep team that will rely heavily on its defense, but Smith is out 6 weeks with an injured shoulder. The team lacks height, but has the speed to get them back to the state playoffs.
COACH: Edwin Cook, third year
2001 RECORD: 31-1
RETURNING STARTERS: G Amy Jones (Jr., 5-6, 110); SF Faran Veal (Jr., 5-4, 115).
OUTLOOK: The Georgia Independent School Association's defending Class AAA champs have relocated to Region 1-AA. Although Kena Veal graduated, Brentwood still has Amy Jones and Faran Veal to help the team get back to the playoffs.
COACH: Clayton Parish, seventh year
2001 RECORD: 28-4
RETURNING STARTERS: G Anne Wills (So., 5-6); F Hannah Batrous (Jr., 5-8)
OUTLOOK: Parrish will have a difficult time replacing Laine Bradshaw, Rebecca Johnson and Ashley Jackson. The team is solid on defense and is quick enough to compete, but the team's lack of experience will hurt.
COACH: Doug Wasden, third year
2001 RECORD: 15-15
RETURNING STARTERS: G Jessica Nickel (So., 5-6); G Jessica Bass (So., 5-6,); P Kelly Strickland (Sr., 5-6); P/G Anna McKettick (Jr., 5-6).
OUTLOOK: Other players will have to step up for the Crusaders to make up for the loss of Meggie Bruce and her 20 points a game. Nickel made 66 3-pointers last season and will be this team's leader.
EDMUND BURKE ACADEMY
COACH: Brent Cribb, second year
2001 RECORD: 2-18
RETURNING STARTERS: G Tabitha Glisson (Sr.); P Megan Chandler (So.); G Tara Lewis (Jr.)
OUTLOOK: It can only go up for Cribb's team. With no major losses from last season, Edmund Burke must combine its ability and its attitude to have a successful season.
COACH: Bob Peck, fifth year
2001 RECORD: 21-11
RETURNING STARTERS: PG Autumn Pound (Sr., 5-3); SF Hillary Hollis (Sr., 5-5 1/2 )
OUTLOOK: When John Hancock lost in first round of the Class AA playoffs, it also lost leading scorer/rebounder Ellen Wells - an All-Region, All-State and All-Star selection - and Brittany Boyer, the team's best defensive player. The team will rely on its senior leadership to return to the playoffs.
COACH: Heather Lindsey, second year
2001 RECORD: 10-16
RETURNING STARTERS: F Jaclyn Perdue (Sr., 5-10, 135); PG Katie Dale (Jr., 5-7, 125)
OUTLOOK: The loss of Kristin Miller (13 ppg.) and Kay Miller (6 rpg) will hurt, but Perdue and Dale's leadership will lead the team. Youth and lack of depth might hamper the team's success.
COACH: Dennis Gibson, 10th year
2001 RECORD: 8-16
RETURNING STARTERS: G Kaylee Beck (Fr.); F Courtney Turner (Sr.); Becca Balentine (Fr.); F Ashlyn Allen (Sr.); F Caroline Yarborough (So.)
OUTLOOK: After two years of rebuilding, the team is ready to contend.
COACH: Lisa Patton, first year
2001 RECORD: N/A
RETURNING STARTERS: G Lauren Dixon (Sr.); P Katie Ames (Jr.); Ann Cantrell (Jr.).
OUTLOOK: The Wildcats are a young team, but with their work ethic and team unity, should improve off last year's squad.