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Head Coach: Leroy Osborne (3rd year as Monroe girls’ basketball coach)
Coaching Career Record: 44-11
2015-16 Record: 19-6 (9-1 to earn co-Rocky River conference champions)
Returning Starters: Tanaja Stevenson, Sr., G (5-5); Destiny Wallace, Sr., G (5-5); Kiyra Triplett, Sr., F (5-8); Jehnyia Smith, Sr., F (5-8).
Key Newcomers: Z’Akira Carpenter, So., F (5-10) (Virginia transfer); Jasmia Parson, Fr., G (5-6) (Anson County transfer); Keena Parker, So., G (5-6) (Forest Hills transfer).
Outlook: The Redhawks have the experience with four senior starters back in the lineup, led by Tanaja Stevenson (15.4 ppg), to make another run at Rocky River conference title and be a major factor deep into the 2A playoffs. Coach Osborne and company with also benefit from three proven transfers with Z’Akira Carpenter giving them some size inside (8.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg last year).