First-year coach Sandi Stroud is looking to improve on last season's 24% field goal shooting and 48% free throw shooting. The Spartans have four returning seniors on the 10-player roster. Unfortunately, only three of them are starters. Senior Melinda O'Brien, a 6-0 center, will miss the first two weeks of the season with a second-degree ankle sprain. O'Brien averaged 10 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks per game last season. In the interim, 5-8 senior Sherry Plowman will start at center. The other two senior starters are guards Monica Fat and Julie Johnson. However, the front line will be inexperienced. Sophomores Yolanda Davidian (5-10) and Leslie White (5-11) will start at forward. La Canada's top reserve is Meg Fitzgerald, a 5-7 junior forward. "We're looking to finish better than .500 this season," Stroud said. "We're going to be very young inside. I'm looking for a lot of leadership from the seniors."
With the top six players returning from last season's 4-6 team and no underclassmen on the roster, Glendale will not lack experience. However, it will lack height. The Dynamiters tallest starter is 5-9 forward Fatima Jose. The senior plays excellent defense and averaged eight points per game last season, Coach Cari Meadows said. Three-year starter Lia Patrossian will be at forward. The 5-6 junior had a 12-point average. Meadows said that the teams' effectiveness will rely on the development of 5-7 utility player Kalo Saafi and 5-7 guard-forward Angela Armendariz. Saafi, who will start at off guard, is the backup point guard and can play center or forward. Angela Armendariz, a 5-7 junior, will be Glendale's top reserve, Meadows said. Angela's twin, Christiane, will start at forward and Jane Ong, a 5-4 senior, will be at point guard. Kim Myers, a 5-10 junior, will provide depth at forward and center and 5-1 Karineh Razmanian is the team's best defensive player, Meadows said.
The Tornadoes might have the best chance of upsetting Pacific League powers Muir or Pasadena this season. Three regulars return to the lineup including Rosemary Conner, a three-year starter at center. The 6-0 senior averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game last season. Jenny Pritchard (5-8), a three-year starter and All-Pacific League forward, averaged 12 points per game. Maria Kim, a 5-4 junior guard, averaged nine points and seven assists and was last season named to the all-league team. New to the lineup are Colorado transfer Michelle Ahnstedt and sophomore Juliana Holmstrom. Ahnstedt, a 6-0 forward, and Conner will be the team's leading rebounders, Coach Bob Henry said. Holmstrom, a 5-8 guard-forward, was the junior varsity's leading scorer with 11 points per game. Hoover, which finished 14-6 and third in league last year, should benefit from a fine summer season in which it won the Burroughs-Burbank summer league. Top reserves are Hilma Shahinian (5-4 point guard) and Marilyn Madrid (6-1 center).
First-year coach Alan Eberhart has the benefit of three returning starters and a talent group of underclassmen. Seniors Leilani Artis (5-5 guard), Lia Rittenhouse (5-10 center-forward), and Carin Wagner (5-11 forward) will provide scoring ability and leadership. Artis averaged 12.6 points per game and was named to the second team All-Rio Hondo League last season. But sophomore Lisa Boreham, a 5-6 guard, and freshman Berlyn Cosman, a 5-6 guard, are noteworthy underclassmen. Cosman, who will start at point guard "is the most fundamentally sound player on the team", Eberhart said. Top reserves are Julie Serote (5-8 junior forward) and Paige Donaldson (5-6 junior forward).
All-City guard Laura Redford will do a majority of the scoring for Franklin. The 5-3 senior averaged 13 points per game last season. The only other returning starter is junior Janet Fukuhara, a 5-3 guard who averaged five points and six assists. Additions Justine Bell and Leanne Poe will start at high and low post. Bell, a 5-6 junior, averaged eight points and five rebounds and Poe, a 5-8 junior, had seven points and seven rebounds per game. The other starting forward will be either Tabitha Li or Caffie Medina. Li, a 5-5 senior, averaged six points on the junior varsity last season. Medina, a 5-4 senior who plays both forward and guard, missed half of last season with an injury. With an average height of 5-5, Franklin will rely on its quickness and outside shooting. "We're going to be quicker than last year and our defense is going to change accordingly," 12th-year coach Christine Clark said. Franklin will run a man-to-man defense, Clark said. Two of Franklin's tallest players are also the team's top reserves. Sophomore Brenda Teng and senior Jennifer Jimenez are both 5-8 forwards.