Coach: Karl Molnar
Top returners: Lindsay Bell, 5-7, Jr., G; Imani Elliott, 5-2, Jr., G; Cayleigh Quigg, 5-8, Sr., F; Zaharia McNatt, 5-10, Jr., C.
Top newcomers: Nyla Cooper, 5-6, Fr., G.
Coach’s comment: “Last year was a rebuilding year for the Bulldogs, who finished the regular season with a 13-game winning streak and a Cape Fear Valley 3-A Conference tournament championship. Though expectations are high, it will be tough competing in the new 3-A/4-A Patriot Athletic Conference.”
Coach: Darren Corbett
Top returners: Malik Johnson, 6-1, Sr., G; Gabe Harbison, 6-2, Sr., G; Holt Walker, 6-6, Sr., F; Dante Bowlding, 6-1, Jr., G.
Top newcomers: Yates Johnson, 6-4 , So., F; Ezemdi Udoh, 6-5, So., F.
Coach’s comment: “We have an experienced group, but our success will depend on how well we gel as a team early and gain confidence. We play in an extremely tough league, so we will all have to depend on our senior leadership. If Malik Johnson, Gabe Harbison and Holt Walker can give us the right leadership all season and get our younger kids to buy into our system on both ends of the court, we have a chance to put ourselves in position to win every night.’’
PHOTOS: (Top, L-R: Girls’ basketball coach Karl Molnar & Top returner Lindsay Bell / Bottom, L-R: Boys’ basketball coach Darren Corbett & Top newcomer Malik Johnson)