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Sweet 16 girls basketball countdown: East Burke

East Burke’s Brooke Harney and Arianna  Hawkins are among five starters back this season
East Burke’s Brooke Harney and Arianna Hawkins are among five starters back this season

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

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