Spring Valley faced a massive rebuilding project a year ago, but put together another outstanding season under veteran coach Anne Long. The new-look Vikings produced a 20-5 overall record and ran the table (10-0) on the way to the Region 4-4A championship.
With four starters returning, the idea is to keep winning and hang around in the postseason longer than last seasons second-round exit.
Long believes depth will be a Spring Valley strength, but is concerned about inconsistency and lack of scoring balance.
The team is built around seniors Cierra Carter and Briana Hill and juniors Megan Davis, Akia Dunlap and Raven Fleming.
Carter emerged as the team leader a year ago, averaging 19.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals a game. Hill (4.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 spg), Davis (7.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 spg), Dunlap (8.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 spg) and Fleming (2.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg) are expected to up the production this time around.
Senior Keisha Greene, junior Brittany Joyner and sophomores Shantay Taylor and Bayleigh Ponds are also in the running for regular playing time.