Eastern York’s Elizabeth Myers, right, returns for a squad that won the YAIAA’s Division III and welcomes a new coach in Cheryl Land, who
Eastern York's Elizabeth Myers, right, returns for a squad that won the YAIAA's Division III and welcomes a new coach in Cheryl Land, who previously served as an assistant at York Catholic. (GAMETIMEPA.COM -- FILE)

GameTimePA.com presents the YAIAA Division III girls' basketball preview capsules:
  

Bermudian Springs
Eagles


   Coach: Kari Cover (2nd season)
   2011-12 record: 10-12, 5-8
Returning starters
   Shannon Kuhn (5-5, So., G/F, 7.7 points)
Others to watch
   Klohie Sourbeer (5-5, Jr., F), Karra Thomason, 5-6, Jr., G), Abby Hoffman, 5-5, So., G), Madyson Whitcomb (5-11, Fr., C), Taylor Mayers (5-6, So., G)
   The skinny: With the graduation of Paige Dennison, who averaged 13.9 points per game, the Eagles will have to find a new offensive leader.

However, Cover has the opportunity to develop a unit that could play together for several years.

Thomason appeared in 20 games last season, while Sourbeer played in 18 games.

"We have a lot of speed, and I look to be able to push the ball and score in transition," Cover said.

Bermudian Springs will look to maintain defensive intensity, which allowed only 42 points per game last season.
-- Chuck Curley
  

Eastern York
Golden Knights


   Coach: Cheryl Land (1st season)
   2011-12 record: 20-5, 12-1
Returning starters
   Elizabeth Myers (5-11, Sr., C), Krissy Pennell (5-4, Sr., G), Morgan Thomas (5-10, Jr., G/F)
Others to watch
   Lauren Beaver (5-8, Jr., F), Erin Kalke (5-7, Jr., G), Leah Myers (5-9, So., F), Ashley Dietz (5-5, So., G), Haley Nalls (5-7, So., G/ F)
   The skinny: For the first time in 19 years, Bob Heiser will not be coaching the Eastern York girls' basketball team. Heiser, who spent the last 12 years as head coach, retired following last season. He left with a coaching record of 220-104, the most wins in program history. He won six YAIAA division titles and the 2007 District 3 Class AAA championship.

Before Sara Tarbert, left, goes to UMBC next year, she returns for her senior season at Kennard-Dale.
Before Sara Tarbert, left, goes to UMBC next year, she returns for her senior season at Kennard-Dale. (GAMETIMEPA.COM -- FILE)

It's up to Land, who spent the last six years as a varsity assistant at York Catholic, to continue the Golden Knights' success. Heiser left her with plenty to work with. The two-time YAIAA Division III defending champs return Elizabeth Myers, who averaged 13 points per game, and the backcourt of Pennell and Thomas.

Height should be an advantage with the Myers (5-11), Thomas (5-10) and Beaver (5-8) expected to be in the starting lineup. Sophomore Leah Myers (5-9) should help, too.
-- Jonas Fortune
  

Kennard-Dale
Rams


   Coach: Jeff Stratmeyer (6th season)
   2011-12 record: 12-11, 6-8 (Division II)
Returning starters
   Sara Tarbert (5-11, Sr., F, 19.5 points, 10.1 rebounds), Taylor Davis (5-7, Sr., G), Nicole Black (5-7, Sr., G), Katelyn Trott (5-9, Jr., G/F)
Others to watch
   Janae Wright (5-10, Sr., F), Maddie Duty (5-10, Sr., F), Lyndsey Duty (5-6, So., G), Abbi Driggers (5-10, So., F), Avery Gertz (5-9, So., G/F)
   The skinny: It all starts with Tarbert, an All-YAIAA performer the last two seasons who will go on to UMBC to play college basketball next year. This year, she enters with 1,137 career points and looks to lead a Kennard-Dale team that bowed out in the first round of districts.

However, that team leaned heavily on Tarbert as its only player with much experience. This season, the Rams return four starters. Davis and Black, both standout lacrosse players, provide a strong shooting touch. Trott should take some pressure off Tarbert inside with her rebounding and post ability. Meanwhile, the Rams get senior forwards Wright and Maddie Duty back after injuries last season.

The biggest unknown for Kennard-Dale could be how it fares against new competition. The Rams, like William Penn, moved to Division III in the shuffle of five schools within the YAIAA.
-- Matt Goul
  

Littlestown
Thunderbolts


   Coach: Chris Myers (1st season)
   2011-12 record: 2-20, 2-11
Returning starters
   Meagan Smith (5-5, Jr., G, 1.0 points), Lauren Slater (5-3, Jr., G, 3.5 points)
Others to watch
   None
   The skinny: There is a new look in the Thunderdome. In addition to a squad with only two varsity players returning from a team which averaged only 25 points per game, the Bolts have a new coach. Myers is the fourth different head coach in the past four seasons at Littlestown.

Smith said the squad is eager to learn and to improve, though. Eastern York will be a particularly stiff challenge in Littlestown's division.
-- Chuck Curley
  

William Penn
Bearcats


   Coach: Blaine Claiborne (5th season)
   2011-12 record: 6-16, 1-14 (Division I)
Returning starters
   Jada Owens (5-4, Jr., G., 6.6 points. 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals)
Others to watch
   Brittany Johnson (5-8, Jr., F), Dakota Kinard (5-4, So., G), Chyna Steele (5-8, Fr., F)
   The skinny: It's hard to have program consistency when the only constant is the inconsistency. Such is the life for the William Penn girls' basketball program. Last season was considered a rebuilding year, but what little gains the Bearcats made a year ago, it seems as if they are starting all over again.

Aignee Freeland and Elianna Burgos graduated, and members of last season's junior class -- including Leonna Elliot and Jasmine Berry are noticeably absent. As is sophomore guard Japriya Carroll, who transferred to York Catholic. Berry and Elliot decided not to play this year.

Junior Jada Owens does return after averaging 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and two steals a game last season. She and Dakota Kinard will be the team's main ball handlers. Freshman Chyna Steele brings a quality scoring ability to the team with her ability to drive and shoot. And freshman Brittany Johnson will handle post and interior duties.
-- Jonas Fortune

More YAIAA previews

  • Division I breakdown

  • Division II breakdown

  • Division IV breakdown