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
ASHBROOK GREEN WAVE
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Head Coach: Juan Smith (15th year)
2015-16 Record: 30-2 (14-0 to win the Big South conference)
Returning Starters: Evonna McGill, Jr., C/F (6-0); Trinity Jones, Jr., G/F (5-8); Jada Davie, Jr., G (5-7).
Key Newcomers: Angel Natt, Sr., G (5-7) (Shelby transfer); Destiny Hightower, Fr., F (6-0); Myia Hall, Fr., G (5-7).
Outlook: The Green Wave had a magical run last season winning 30 games, including a perfect 14-0 to win the Big South conference. But all of that came to a screeching half in a 77-47 loss to Freedom in the 3A state semifinals. With three starters back from that team, led by all-conference forward, Evonna McGill (14 ppg, 11 rpg, 3 bpg) and guards, Trinity Jones (15 ppg) and Jada Davie (10 ppg), don’t need any extra motivation to be a Big South conference and 3A state contender again this season.