Verden

Boys

Coach: Patrick Penner

Last Year's Record: 19-9

How Far Advanced in the Postseason: Regional Consolation Championship

First Game: at Sterling , Nov. 2, 8 p.m.

Returning Starters: Paden Embree, senior, 6-3, 220, foward/point guard

Kyle Palmertree, senior, 6-1, 160, guard

John Molz, senior, 6-0, 165, forward

James Boyer, senior, 6-1, 160, forward

Newcomers: Cale Dolch, junior, 6-4, 230, center

Dusty Kiel, freshman, 5-8, 150, point guard

Keys to success: Guard play. Tigers have a lot of size and good shooting that will make them good. But the guards need to be better at handling the ball and pressure.    

Girls

Coach: Ryan Perry

Last Year's Record: 14-10

How Far Advanced in the Postseason: Regional Consolation Semifinals

First Game: at Sterling, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.

Returning Starters: Rikkie Davidson, senior,  5-10, forward

Taylor Harris, senior, 5-7, forward

Tamara Smith, senior, 5-7, guard

Taylor McComas, junior, 5-9, power forward

Newcomers: Caly Skinner, sophomore, 5-7, guard

Alexis Medrino, freshman, 5-3, guard,

Courtney Wall, freshman, 5-5, guard

Karissa Be La Torre, freshman, 5-5, guard

Keys to Success: Good hard defense and execution on offense.

Ninnekah

Girls

Coach: Amanda Grimes

Last Year's Record: 20-7, advanced to Regionals

First Game: at Fletcher, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.

Returning Starters: None. The Lady Owls graduated their top six players from a year ago.

Newcomers: Dahlly Goodson, freshman, point guard; Celia Garrett, junior, forward; Skyla Fisher, senior, forward; Siara Garrett, freshman, guard; Danielle Ballard, sophomore, guard.

Keys to Success: The Lady Owls are young, with just one senior, Skyla Fisher. As of Tuesday, only six players dotted the roster. "We'll have to learn quickly," Grimes said. "Another key will be playing disciplined on defense. We'll have to not hack and foul."

Amber-Pocasset

Boys

Coach: Damon Garner

Last Year's Record: Won 14 games

How Far Advanced in the Postseason: Regional Consolation Final

First Game: Nov. 16, at Okarche, 8 p.m.

Returning Starters: Josh Jackson,5-9, junior, point guard

Chase Johnson, 5-10, junior, shooting guard

Kyler Nichols, 5-11, junior, forward

Charlie McDaniel, 6-1, junior, post

Tucker Collins, 6-2, senior, forward

Jeff Jackson, 5-11, junior, guard

Newcomers: Levi Prickett, 6-1, sophomore, forward

Ryan Cauthren, 6-2, sophomore, forward

Keys to Success: Utilize guard play and offset lack of height.

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