Girls' basketball capsules for 3A, 2A, 1A classes

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Here's a team-by-team look at girls' basketball programs in the Class 3A, 2A and 1A classifications.

3A


CSCS

Coach: Mark Engesser (third season)

Last season's record: 17-7

Key players: Megan Engesser, so.; Rachel Ingram, so.; Madison Mackie, sr.; Katie McGrath, jr.; Virginia McGrath, jr.; Katie Hildenbrand, jr.; Abby Knedler, so.; Grace Heisler, jr.; Corrie Anderson, fr.

Outlook: Colorado Springs Christian School went 17-7 and reached the second round of the postseason a year ago. This year, the Lions return 90 percent of their scoring and two of the last season's best freshmen in 3A.

Manitou Springs

Coach: Ed Longfield (first season)

Last season's record: 25-2

Key players: Shelby Megyeri, sr.; Ariana Olson, sr.; Shelby Hard, sr.; Ali Washington, sr.; Caileen Sienknecht, so.; Alex Riley, sr.

Outlook: Expect more pressure defense and an up-tempo offense from a team that finished as the state runner-up and went 25-2. Shelby Megyeri leads the way as the best all-around point guard in Class 3A. She averaged 15.4 points and 3.8 assists last season.

St. Mary's

Coach: Mike Burkett (18th season)

Last season's record: 20-4

Key players: Olivia Florek, sr.; Emily Broerman, sr.; Natalie Godec, sr.; Makenna Bodette, jr.; Mary Cummings, jr.; Mary Piedad, jr.

Outlook: The Pirates capped off their second straight season with at least 20 wins. They will have to adjust without graduated star guard Maggie Hartman but should continue to flourish with Florek, who had 236 points last year.

Not reporting: Florence, James Irwin, Vanguard

2A

Calhan

Coach: Jim Elrick (fourth season)

Last season's record: 14-10

Key players: Kiley Renzelman, sr.; Brittany Fuchs, jr.; Sierra Knox, jr.; Bailee Carter, so.; Savannah Teetor, jr.

Outlook: The Bulldogs return three all-conference players from a year ago - Renzelman, Fuchs and Knox. Their strength will be their speed and aggressiveness, but they may struggle on the boards due to their lack of size. Elrick believes his team can be in contention for a league title after taking fourth a year ago.

Ellicott

Coach: Jeffrey Zick (third season)

Last season's record: 16-7

Key players: Devinne Larreau, jr.; Miranda Garduno, sr.; Graciela Donez, jr.; Samantha Chambers, sr.; Sierra Paddock, sr.; Bailey Otey, so.; Madison Wilfong, jr.; Je'lah Gilyard, jr.

Outlook: Larreau should be a standout again this year for the Thunderhawks. She averaged 11.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.8 steals last year. Zick said he expects those numbers to go up this season.

Evangelical Christian Academy

Coach: Bruce Beers (15th season)

Last season's record: 16-7

Key players: April Mann, sr.; Maggie Kirkpatrick, sr.; Amanda Bost, sr.; Maria Gergen, sr.; Liz Bunker, sr.

Outlook: The Eagles are led by a talented senior core, but lack depth. They went 16-7 last season but lost in the first round of their regional. ECA will be without Bunker (broken hand) until mid-January.

Fountain Valley

Coach: Caroline Blaylock (first season)

Last season's record: No report

Key players: Ava Rahm, jr.; Katie Prantl, fr.; Kendall Weiskopf, jr.; Maddie Kahl, jr.; Tilly Rahm, fr.

Outlook: Of the Danes' 11 players, seven are Chinese boarding students. Blaylock said her team returns a strong presence in the post and hopes her team can win five or six games this season.

Peyton

Coach: Jeff Wiseheart (second season)

Last season's record: 7-13

Key players: Shian Hanks, jr.; Morgan Battista, jr.; Skylar Botos, so.

Outlook: If she continues trending up, Hanks could be an all-state player this year. She had 13.4 points, 2.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds last season.

Not reporting: Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, Colorado Springs School, Pikes Peak Christian