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
NORTH IREDELL RAIDERS
Head Coach: Roger Bumgarner (4th year as North Iredell girls’ basketball coach)
2015-16 Record: 22-6 (11-3 in the North Piedmont conference (NPC)).
Returning Starters: Regan Allen, Sr., G/F (5-8); Mackie Allen, So., F (5-11); Ashley Hawkins, Jr., G/F (5-9); Liz Howard, Sr., SG (5-8); London Liles, Jr., F (5-11).
Other Key Returnees: Rachel LaLonde, So., F (6-1); Addie Pennell, So., G (5-2); Shanesse Graham, Jr., G (5-2).
Outlook: The Raiders made a huge jump from 10-wins in the 2014-15 season to 22 wins last year. Now, with all five starters back, led by senior wing, Regan Allen (12.2 ppg, 7 rpg), North Iredell has their eyes on a NPC championship and a deep run into the postseason after losing in the third round last year.