H.S. girls basketball season outlook


Coach: Mert Sells (first season)

Last season: 6-15; lost to Rice in Division I playdowns

Key returnees: Emma Barker, center, senior; Lily Mitchell, guard, senior; Ella Decelles guard, junior

Key newcomer: McKenna Wheeler, guard/forward, sophomore

Outlook: Sells, a former college assistant coach at Hofstra, Columbia and Stony Brook, takes over a Seahorses program that battled significant injuries a year ago. But Sells inherits a strong core of players, led by Barker, Mitchell and Decelles and the arrival of Wheeler, to inject new life into a program that has gone three straight seasons without a winning record. “They have adapted to my coaching style, we are going to be uptempo,” Sells said. “My expectations are 14 wins … the sky’s the limit for me. I hope we surprise some people.”