Multiple Teams · 2016-17 GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Team-by-team capsules (North Forsyth)

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North Forsyth

Coach: Erick Herrick (sixth season)

Last season: 18-7

Key returners: G Amber Jones (Jr.), F Cassie Markle (Jr.), F Maddie Palmer (Sr.), G Kate Ware (Jr.), G Bella Caracciolo (Jr.), F Madison Moye (Sr.), G Sydney Bartlett (Sr.)

Key newcomers: G Caroline Martin (Fr.), G Ansley Allen (Fr.), G Sophia d’Oliveira (Fr.), F Vekondja Ogbogu (Fr.)

Outlook: North loses talent, but gains some. The Lady Raiders will be without Haley Simpson, who decided to stick to softball—she’s signed with South Carolina—instead of continuing to play two sports. She’s still been around the program as a mentor, and that leadership has been useful for a talented group of five freshmen. “I don’t blame Haley at all,” Herrick said. “Honestly I’d be nervous to put her out there. She’s still been great for the program, and she’s always poking her head in and out.”

Caroline Martin adds the most talent as a versatile scorer who can play any position, while Amber Jones returns after hitting 86 3-pointers a season ago. Cassie Markle made rounds as a sure rebounder and hustle player last year as a sophomore and should add physicality in the post. Bella Caracciolo also returns as a veteran presence with significant playing time as an underclassman.