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High school girls basketball: 2018-19 season preview capsules

McHenry

Coach: Rob Niemic (fifth season)

Last season’s record: 28-3 overall, 15-1 FVC (first)

Top returners: Izzy Gscheidle, sr., G, 5-9; Ava Interrante, jr., G, 5-9; Jamie Howie, sr., G, 5-8; Autry Hartfield, sr., G, 5-7; Ashley Wachter, so., G, 5-7; Megan Cooper, sr., F, 5-11; Hope Wenk, sr., F, 5-7

Key newcomers: Katie Beyer, so., F, 5-11; Holly Maye, jr., F, 6-0; Mya Cermak, jr., G, 5-7; Breanna Hoy, jr., G, 5-3

Worth noting: The Warriors became the first basketball team in school history – girls or boys – to win the FVC title, finishing a program-best 28-3 and 15-1 in FVC play. The Warriors also won their first regional title since 2004, defeating Crystal Lake Central, 51-48, in a Class 4A Prairie Ridge Regional final. ... Gone from last season are forward Liz Alsot (16.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg), the 2018 Northwest Herald Girls Basketball Player of the Year, and guard Aannah Interrante, who averaged 17.7 points and 2.7 steals and knocked down 63 3s. Interrante, the 2017 Girls Basketball Player of the Year, is at D-I Bradley. Alsot is at D-II Indianapolis. ... Ava Interrante is the top returning scorer at 9.3 points a game. She had a team-best 72 steals and 131 assists, knocking down 33 3s. ... Gscheidle averaged nine points, making 41 3s and blocking a team-high 48 shots. ... Wachter averaged 4.8 points as a freshman with 33 3s. ... Howie is a lockdown defender and had 53 steals. ... The Warriors averaged 61.6 points a game. ... “This team wants to write its own

chapter of success,” Niemic said. “We want to score in the 60s or higher. We have a chance to create more memories, but must stay healthy and be all in for our school.”