Buffalo (18-5): The Bison set the program's single-season record for victories last season and welcomes back four starters.
Leading the way is senior Chelsey Parkins, a 5-11 post player who was a Class A second-team all-state selection after averaging 18.9 points and 18.2 rebounds. She set program single-season marks for points and rebounds and tied for the Kanawha Valley lead in scoring average. The Bison also welcome back guards Paige Roush, Olivia Dunn and Katie Allen.
Herbert Hoover (12-11): The Huskies produced their first winning season since 1996. Seniors Emily Brown and Makenzie Edmunds return and will be joined by fellow seniors Hannah King and Hope Johnson, neither of whom played last season. A strong junior class of Bethany Romine, Zoey Carte, Caroline Thornburg and Bailey Aab will strength the rotation as will experienced sophomores Hannah Schoolcraft and Kari Harding.
Hurricane (6-17): Abby Watson, a 5-8 junior guard, averaged a Kanawha Valley-high 18.9 points and is getting looks from Division I schools Radford, Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky.
Key starters Audrey Barber (point guard) and Taniesha Sturdavent (center) are also back. Hannah Thompson, Cassi Sargent, Emily Browning, Kaylee Wooten, Bonnie Runyon, Kelly Kesler and Lauren London will fill out the rest of the lineup and bench.
Nitro (10-12): The Wildcats posted double-figure wins for the first time since 2008-09 behind Savannah Shamblin, 5-4 junior guard who averaged 18.8 points and was the fourth-leading scorer in the Mountain State Athletic Conference.
Shamblin will be joined by a veteran lineup of seniors Halie Miller (5-10), Bethany Hill (5-7) and junior Hannah Linville (5-7). Junior Tiffany Reavis, a 5-11 transfer from Capital, 5-8 junior Haleigh Mace, 5-9 freshman Bethany Linville and 5-5 junior Katee Jones will also be counted on.
Poca (5-19): While the Dots' record may not immediately jump out consider that the season before the team disbanded after three games because of a lack of players. The Dots upset a solid Hoover squad in the first round of last year's sectionals. The returning starters are seniors Harley Hutchins and Hannah Bailey, along with juniors Kendall Sayre and Mackenzie Ball.
Riverside (7-18): Brittany Wood, a 6-0 junior center who turned in 16.5 points per game, nearly averaged a triple-double in earning Class AAA all-state third-team honors for the Warriors. Seniors Rachel Mills (guard), Kara Knapp (guard), Sheree Harris (forward) and LaMontica Burger (forward) were also starters last year.
St. Albans (14-11): Breanna Propst, a 5-11 junior post player who averaged 16.3 points in earning AAA all-state third-team recognition, spearheads the Red Dragons' attack. Senior Katelyn Propst, a 5-6 guard, sophomore 5-6 point guard Tori Wilson, 5-9 sophomore Cameron Davis and 5-6 junior Lexi Cooper round out the starting lineup.
Sissonville (16-7): The Indians have three starters back in sophomores Madison Jones (17.0 points) in getting a Class AA all-state second-team selection, Karli Pinkerton (15.2) and Brooke Reed. The trio led Sissonville to the Class AA-A girls soccer state championship earlier this month. Seniors Mariah Youngblood and Brittany Gould, a transfer from Clay who averaged 21.3 points in garnering a Class AA all-state third-team pick, and junior Ellie McClung will vie for the other starting positions.
South Charleston (11-12): Gary Greene returns to the bench after taking a medical leave of absence last season. He guided the Black Eagles to four consecutive AAA state tournament appearances (2009-2012), including a pair of runner-up finishes. Junior Lina Villanueva (11.6 points) and sophomore Taliah Cashwell, both guards, along with juniors Ary Mosley, a center, and forward Alexia Wade represent the team's returning core. Beyond that as many as eight freshmen could see varsity time.
Winfield (12-13): The Generals head into the season with a lot of uncertainty as senior forward-guard Mackenzie Arthur (5-10) heads into knee surgery with no time frame for a return and junior forward Jayne Lawman (5-9) also finished her soccer season with a foot injury. Winfield must replace its top two scorers and junior 5-5 shooting guard Haylea Roberson leads the returnees, averaging 8.4 points last season.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.