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Pinellas girls basketball season preview

Super seven

1. Boca Ciega

The Pirates have playmakers with Tory Stephens and Latavia Dempsey and size with Missy Schmidt.

2. Clearwater

The Tornadoes are always a title contender with a solid frontcourt and a steady point guard in Veronica Ryan.

3. Lakewood

The Spartans have a lot of speed and depth, two things that will help them in their quest for a postseason berth.

4. SP Catholic

The Barons lost some firepower but have Jerrica Coley, who has developed into a consistent scorer.

5. Gibbs

The Gladiators return everyone and are the county's up-and-coming team.

6. St. Petersburg

It will be a tougher road for the Green Devils to get back to the playoffs with the loss of some height on the frontcourt.

7. Tarpon Springs

The Spongers will rely on Tampa signee Alli Corbett to try to get to the postseason.

Class 6A, District 7
Outlook Teams
The Green Devils will rely on Jazmyn Green for production after losing two of their post players to graduation. The Cougars could contend for one of the top three spots. The Gryphons have the best frontcourt in the district and are the favorite. Alonso, Countryside, Gaither, Mitchell, St. Petersburg, Sickles
Class 5A, District 9
Outlook Teams
Last season, the Tornadoes lost in the region final to Boca Ciega. The Tornadoes still have talent with the return of Veronica Ryan, J'Beria Davis and Artejah Collins. The biggest challenge will come from Tarpon Springs, which is led by Alli Corbett. Clearwater, Dunedin, East Lake, Largo, Palm Harbor University, Pinellas Park, Tarpon Springs
Class 5A, District 11
Outlook Teams
For years, this district has been the Pirates, the Spartans and everyone else. Boca Ciega has all the pieces in place to get back to the final four with the return of Tory Stephens, Latavia Dempsey, Missy Schmidt and Tamara Taylor. Lakewood lost its biggest playmaker, Kerah Nelson, who graduated. But the Spartans have some underclassmen who can fill the void. The sleeper team in the district is Gibbs, which has everyone back this season. Boca Ciega, Dixie Hollins, Gibbs, Lakewood, Northeast, Osceola, Seminole
Class 3A, District 11
Outlook Teams
The Barons need Jerrica Coley to fill the leadership vacuum created by the departure of Sasha Chaplin, the Times' all-county player of the year last season. Coley averaged nearly 30 points per game in preseason victories over Boca Ciega and Lakewood. SPC will need more of those types of performances to stay ahead of Academy of the Holy Names and Tampa Catholic. Academy of the Holy Names, Berkeley Prep, Clearwater Central Catholic, Lennard, St. Petersburg Catholic, Tampa Catholic
Class 2A, District 9
Outlook Teams
The Golden Eagles are in a favorable district and should compete with the Terrapins for the title. Bishop McLaughlin, Calvary Christian, Indian Rocks Christian, Tampa Prep
Class 2A, District 11
Outlook Teams
The Crusaders and Mustangs each lost key contributors from last year. Both schools, though, are still in the hunt for a district title. Admiral Farragut, Bradenton St. Stephen's, Keswick Christian, Northside Christian, Shorecrest
Class A, District 11
Outlook Teams
Lakeside Christian has rolled through this district the past few years. Academy of the Lakes is the biggest challenge. Academy at the Lakes, Canterbury, Citrus Park Christian, Lakeside Christian, Oldsmar Christian
Class 6A, District 7
Outlook Teams
The Green Devils will rely on Jazmyn Green for production after losing two of their post players to graduation. The Cougars could contend for one of the top three spots. The Gryphons have the best frontcourt in the district and are the favorite. Alonso, Countryside, Gaither, Mitchell, St. Petersburg, Sickles
Class 5A, District 9
Outlook Teams
Last season, the Tornadoes lost in the region final to Boca Ciega. The Tornadoes still have talent with the return of Veronica Ryan, J'Beria Davis and Artejah Collins. The biggest challenge will come from Tarpon Springs, which is led by Alli Corbett. Clearwater, Dunedin, East Lake, Largo, Palm Harbor University, Pinellas Park, Tarpon Springs
Class 5A, District 11
Outlook Teams
For years, this district has been the Pirates, the Spartans and everyone else. Boca Ciega has all the pieces in place to get back to the final four with the return of Tory Stephens, Latavia Dempsey, Missy Schmidt and Tamara Taylor. Lakewood lost its biggest playmaker, Kerah Nelson, who graduated. But the Spartans have some underclassmen who can fill the void. The sleeper team in the district is Gibbs, which has everyone back this season. Boca Ciega, Dixie Hollins, Gibbs, Lakewood, Northeast, Osceola, Seminole
Class 3A, District 11
Outlook Teams
The Barons need Jerrica Coley to fill the leadership vacuum created by the departure of Sasha Chaplin, the Times' all-county player of the year last season. Coley averaged nearly 30 points per game in preseason victories over Boca Ciega and Lakewood. SPC will need more of those types of performances to stay ahead of Academy of the Holy Names and Tampa Catholic. Academy of the Holy Names, Berkeley Prep, Clearwater Central Catholic, Lennard, St. Petersburg Catholic, Tampa Catholic
Class 2A, District 9
Outlook Teams
The Golden Eagles are in a favorable district and should compete with the Terrapins for the title. Bishop McLaughlin, Calvary Christian, Indian Rocks Christian, Tampa Prep
Class 2A, District 11
Outlook Teams
The Crusaders and Mustangs each lost key contributors from last year. Both schools, though, are still in the hunt for a district title. Admiral Farragut, Bradenton St. Stephen's, Keswick Christian, Northside Christian, Shorecrest
Class A, District 11
Outlook Teams
Lakeside Christian has rolled through this district the past few years. Academy of the Lakes is the biggest challenge. Academy at the Lakes, Canterbury, Citrus Park Christian, Lakeside Christian, Oldsmar Christian

Fast facts

For the fans

Admission: Most schools charge $4 for regular-season games. District games are $5, regions $6 and state tournament games $9.

Regular season: Schools play 25 games maximum, including all regular-season tournament games.

Playoffs: District champions and runnersup advance to regions.

Classifications: Schools are divided into six classes based on enrollment, ranging from 6A to A.

Pinellas girls basketball season preview 11/16/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 4:05pm]

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