Preseason rankings for Suburban Middle Six girls basketball teams
Another season and another Suburban Middle Six girls basketball title for Raytown is expected.
Raytown, in The Examiner’s poll of the coaches, is a solid favorite to repeat.
Lee’s Summit West placed second, North Kansas City third, Fort Osage and Raytown South tied for fifth and Belton was sixth.
A coach couldn’t rank his or her own team.
“On paper we should have a a great year,” Raytown coach Jan Handley said. “We have lots of experience and added some newcomers that should contribute. The big keys will be chemistry and effort every night”
Returnees from a 21-5 team are Inesha Hale, Jaleisha Barrett, Moriah Jones, Atoya Harris, LeKeisha McKnight, Kaitlin Lewis, Shea Staples and Amanda Raveill.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST: Morgan Maddox, Katie Douglas, Paige Vanderpool and Keyanna Anderson are the only returnees from a 17-8 team.
It will be a young team with only one senior. The Titans also will lack size.
NORTH KANSAS CITY: The Hornets could contend for the title because of returning letter winners Hannah Luerding, Jasmine Harris, Diamond Johnson, Crystal Franklin and Morgan Reid.
“After moving down two levels in the Suburban Conference I am very excited about my team.,” coach Jeff Klein said. “We return a great deal of experience and will again be quick and athletic. We will count on returning first-team, all-conference performer Reid to carry the offensive load for us. But we have several other offensive threats.”
The Hornets were a strong 17-9 and placed third in the Big Seven last season.
FORT OSAGE: Perennially strong Fort Osage rebuilds with one returning starter, Kelcey Vanarsdall, and four other letter winners: Courtney Gapelli, Alyssa Faiva, Amanda Stevens and Laina Talimatasi.
“Our team will be youthful, but very athletic at each position, coach Dawn Williams said. “Those players with varsity experience will need to improve their individual offensive outputs compared to last season.
“Our team’s continued emphasis will be to be one of the best defensive teams in the area for us to be competitive in our league. I am looking forward to the challenge we will face every night playing in such an outstanding conference.”
RAYTOWN SOUTH: New coach Amber Bloecher is looking to letter winners Frankie Sims, Taelor Barrett-Jones, Tanchelle Hollingsworth, Kechelle Herring and Sydney Donaldson from a 14-13 team.
“We are rebuilding this year,” Bloecher said. “We are guard heavy. We will work on making our posts more part of our offense. We are quick, so defense will be strong.”
BELTON: Belton comes off its best season ever at 16-11 and is looking to letter winners Hannah Knoll, Mackenzie Porter, Kelsey Simmons and Danielle Wiese for continued success.
“We graduated three seniors, including the conference player of the year,” coach Aaron Quinley said. “We will look to continue our new found success by playing an up tempo style of play.”