TEAM TO BEAT
Schenley: UCLA recruit Markel Walker (16.6 ppg, 9.8 apg), a 6-foot guard, is one of the area's most versatile players and led the Spartans to 24 wins last year. Look for her and London McCoy (12.2 ppg) to have Schenley rolling toward the City title.
Westinghouse: Coach Phyllis Jones does as good a job as anyone in the area, and this year she will try to guide the Lady Bulldogs to another City League title. This squad will lean on the senior tandem of Shalonda Winton (16 ppg, 7 rpg) and Aquana Diggs (12 ppg).
Perry: The Commodores posted 16 wins last year and Jamie Reed (12 ppg), a 5-6 senior guard, is as quick off the dribble as any player in the City League.
Allderdice: It all comes down to something very simple: How will this team deal with the transition from Janet Davis, who coached at the school for 33 seasons, to new coach Dave Walchesky.
Brashear: The Bulls posted nine wins in the City last year, and could do even better led by seniors Alyssa Schreiner (13.6 ppg) and Megan Hoffman (12.8 ppg).
Peabody: The bad news is that Peabody went 4-17 last year. The good news is that the crux of their talent was very young.
Oliver: The Bears dropped seven of their final nine games last season. They are looking to have a better start to this year.
Langley: The Mustangs posted just two wins last year -- but both came on the road.
Carrick: If Carrick wants to win more than the two games it did last year, the Raiders will have to score more than the 26.2 points per game they did a season ago.