Three minutes into last season, a torn ACL claimed Christian School of York's best player. It led to a 2-20 campaign, the worst in coach Mike Graybill's eight years at CSY.
Fast-forward to this season, and point guard Jordan Miller is back for her junior year.
"The good news is since it was the first game, she had all year to recover," Graybill said. "She even played soccer this season.
"She's not only our best athlete but our most mature player. Losing her, she's like a coach on the court."
Miller was Graybill's first player off the bench as a freshman on CSY's Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference title team. This year she's back with one senior, 5-foot-10 Megan Bricker in the post, as the Crusaders hope to challenge defending league champion Harrisburg Christian.
Graybill expects the champs to be favored for a repeat.
As for his team, CSY added newcomer Jordan Brandt, a junior who last played in junior high for York Suburban before suffering a broken arm.
Another contributor expected to see an increased role is 5-11 sophomore London Hinderer (5-11), who also is a volleyball player.
"I think we're going to be able to run our style, which is trap and press," Graybill said. "We really couldn't do that with the injuries last season."
New Hope Academy: Coach Brandon DeShields, in his third season guiding the Mighty Ants (9-12 last season and a game from qualifying for districts), likes to press and trap on defense. He has three returning starters and another emerging player familiar with that style. The problem is, whether New Hope will have the depth to prolong a high-tempo game?
"We're not that deep, so it's going to be an adjustment," DeShields said.
Three juniors return in point guard Jazeleen Santiago, Brianna Williams in the post and point guard Mallasha Green. Also back is Shikyhia Johnson, who came off the bench last season. Johnson can play all three front-court spots, as DeShields said, "She can do a little bit of it all."
"She's a lot more confident," he said of Johnson. "Last year she was real mechanical. Now she's not afraid to get the rebound and go coast to coast with it."
Northern York: Winless after the program took a year hiatus, in 2010-2011, Mandy Hollman continues the rebuilding work for the Polar Bears.
Hollman began last season with just eight players, but she picked up more players as the season progressed.
"I thought it was a testament about what we were doing," Hollman said. "We were 0-7 or 0-8 and ... we had girls who wanted to come back to the program."
Northern York finished last season with 12 total players, but that number -- for varsity and junior varsity -- has risen to 17 this season.
Sophomore guard/forward Steph Clark and junior forward Sara Yunez should help the program continue to grow.
"The growth was tremendous from beginning to end last year," said Hollman, who worked as an assistant/JV coach at Cedar Cliff and Central Dauphin East before taking the head job at Northern. "We graduated some, but we picked up some young players."
Red Land:: The Patriots return a senior-laden starting rotation and almost 90-percent of their scoring from last season's 7-11 squad.
Senior 6-foot guard Dani June could anchor the starting five. She averaged 12 points per game a year ago, earning All-Mid-Penn status. Seniors Rachel Duncan -- a 5-10 forward -- and guard Emily Berguson are expected to return to the starting rotation. Sophomore guard Ashley Carroll is also expected to return to the starting rotation.
"This year's team has great depth and balance," Red Land coach Andy Bell said. "Overall, this is our most athletic and skilled group of players in four years."
Sophomores (Cassidy Camplese, Brittany Carroll, Arrion Sorrell) and freshmen (Bella Ricci and Rylie Devine) are expected to see meaningful minutes along with junior Colleen Shuller.
Bell hopes to take advantage of all that depth.
He plans to use a rotation of 10 or 11 players per game and cash in on his team's young-but-talented players. So the key for Red Land will be to stay healthy and continue using a heavy rotation of players.
Red Lion Christian: Coming off a 7-17 season, Red Lion Christian hopes to rely on its defense and team depth to win games this season.
Senior forward Olivia Dettinger (11.2 ppg, 8.2 rebounds per game), junior forward Jessica Williams (5.6 ppg, 3.3 steals) and junior forward Courtney Hollingshead (3.5 rebounds) return to the team.
Look for sophomores Ali Hollingshead, Casey Kuczynski and Torie Damiano to play key roles. Freshmen Corey Frey, Liz Baker and Tabitha Garner could also see pivotal time.
York Country Day: The Greyhounds return three that averaged double figures in scoring last season. Point guard Logynn Fuller, forward Jamia Harris and forward Katelynn Giannaccini should provide a spark for York Country Day.
Playing at the Class AAAA level because of its co-op with York County Tech, the Greyhounds will attempt to improve on their 13-win season from a year ago. But they also will have to play a tougher schedule. York Country Day has added Red Land and a couple Class AA schools to this season's schedule.
A young team, Harris will be the only senior on the roster.
"We're just so much more athletic than we were in the past," coach Chris Charleston said. "And we have some experienced players that have been around the block."