The Observer will be previewing the teams ranked in its girls basketball Sweet 16 poll this week (Nov. 4-10). The final order of the teams will be announced in the Sunday, Nov. 11 print editions.
EAST BURKE CAVALIERS
Head Coach: Crystal Bartlett (fourth year, 76-16).
2017-18 Record: 27-2 (12-0 in the Northwest Foothills’ 2A conference).
Returning Starters (5): Josie Hise, Jr., G (5-7); Brooke Arney, Sr., G (5-6); Riley Haas, Jr., F (5-10); Graleigh Hildebran, Jr., F; Arianna Hawkins, Sr., F.
Other Key Returning Players: Ashlyn Stillwell, Jr., G; Gracie Ruff, Jr., PG; Sarah Grace Locke, Jr., G (5-8); Allie Cooke, So., G (5-8).
Outlook: The Cavaliers backcourt -- senior Brooke Arney (13 ppg) and junior Josie Hise (16.9 ppg) -- look to repeat at Northwest Foothills’ 2A conference champions and make another deep playoff run. East made the N.C. 2A third round last season.
-- Jay Edwards