The 2012-13 Bay County girls basketball preview capsules:
Head coach: Bryan Normand, fourth year
2011: 12-15 overall, 8-0 in district, district runner-up. Lost to Rickards in regional quarterfinals
Leading returners: Joanne Booker (sr., f), Nina McClanahan (sr. g), Megan Pavlov (sr. g)
Others to watch: Brenna Hogan (fr. pg), Lilyann Robinson (fr. c)
Key losses: five seniors
Notable: Booker and McClanahan are returning starters … head JV coach is Terry Booker.
Quotable: “We lost five seniors last year but our two leading scorers are returning. We are a fairly young team and will probably start two freshmen. However, this team will not be satisfied with anything less than a district championship.” - Bryan Normand.
Head coach: Steve Canfield, ninth season 152-66
2011/12: 20-6, eliminated in the district semifinals.
Leading returners: Alexis Ware (sr., sf), Segovia Goodin (sr., c), Hazel White (sr., sf), Hennessey Smith (so., pf), Catie Byrd (so., pg).
Others to watch: Kelsey Reed (jr., pf), Kiana Yangson (fr., sg), J’nyiah Daniels (fr., pg), Niyah Grady (fr., sf), Jordyn Simmons (fr., pf)
Key losses: Deanna Canfield, Tasha Trzaska
Notable: The Dolphins compete in District 2-6A with Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Choctawhatchee and Crestview. … Mosley returns five players. … senior captain Alexis Ware is in her fourth varsity season and has 875 career points including 104 3-pointers. Last season she scored 370 points. … senior captain Segovia Goodin has 480 career rebounds and 380 points ... senior captain Hazel White has 345 career rebounds and 290 points. … Mosley also returns a pair of sophomores, point guard Catie Byrd and forward Hennessey Smith who had 200 rebounds and 150 points her freshman season.
Quotable: “We played well in the summer and we are very excited for the upcoming season and our freshman class. The team is working hard getting ready for a tough district. Our goals are high; we want to get back to a district championship and the state playoffs.” — Steve Canfield
NORTH BAY HAVEN
Head coach: Sabrenia Douglas-Coates, first year
2012: This is the first year competing as a varsity team.
Leading returners: Cara Culpepper (jr.), Maddy Adams (so.)
Others to watch: Natasha Beach (so.), Lana Abbasi (so.)
Key losses: None
Notable: Coach Coates is in her 15th year of coaching basketball and is excited to be a part of the North Bay Haven family.
Quotable: “This team is a young team with quality talent. There are three juniors, five sophomores, two ninth-graders and one eighth-grader on the squad. The team is very competitive, athletic and scrappy. Our schedule is comprised of a varsity schedule and we are excited to be competing at this level. We are looking forward to a great season ahead.” - Sabrenia Douglas-Coates
Head coach: Allen Kelly
2011 record 9-11. Lost in second round of district tournament.
Leading returners: Tatyanna Bell (jr., g/f), Marsheba Addison (jr., c/f)
Others to watch: Lia Watson (jr., g) Bri Caroll (sr., g) Alisha Williams
Key losses: Emilee Cook, Lakia Snowden,
Notable: The Lady Rams will be playing in District 1-5A with Arnold, Bay, Gulf Breeze and West Florida.
Quotable: “We don’t have a lot size this year but our players make up for size with heart. This year we plan to couple our experience with a fundamentally sound team to compete for the district title”. — Allen Kelly