Note: the Observer is revealing teams in its preseason Sweet 16 poll, but not the order. The order will be revealed in Saturday’s print editions
ARDREY KELL KNIGHTS
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Head Coach: Jeff Busieck (3rd Year as Ardrey Kell head coach)
Coaching Career Record: 49-10
2015-16 Record: 24-7 (12-2 in the SoMeck8 conference/Advanced to 4A state quarterfinals)
Returning Starters: Kathleen Rogers, Sr., G (5-7); Journey Muhammad, Jr., PG (5-2); D’Shara Booker, Jr., F (6-0).
Other Key Returnees: Deniyah Lutz, Jr., G (5-8).
Key Newcomers: Kennedy Cash, Jr., G (5-7); Sydney Williams, Sr., G (5-6); Riley Littlejohn, So., F (5-9); Nia Griffin, So., F (5-9).
Outlook: The three-time, defending, SoMeck8 conference champions have won 49 games in the past two years (six straight 20-plus win seasons). This year, with an experience team back – led by senior Kathleen Rogers and junior D’Shara Booker, the Knights look to emerge as serious 4A state championship contenders.