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Barrington

After leading the Fillies with 9.8 points per game last season, Angie Kirchoff hopes to carry Barrington beyond a .500 regular-season record.

2012-13 record: 15-15 overall, 6-4 MSL West

Head coach: Babbi Barreiro, 21st season

Projected starting five: so. PG Kelly Katis, sr. SG Angie Kirchoff, sr. F Brooke Gunderson, sr. G Aoife Callanan, jr. F/C Bailee McDonald or so. F/C Megan Talbot

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Buffalo Grove

Julie Jambrone started 28 games as a sophomore last season, and now she'll be counted on for even more in Buffalo Grove's starting five.

2012-13 record: 10-18 overall, 3-7 MSL East

Head coach: Steve Kolodziej, second season

Projected starting five: jr. PG/SG Julie Jambrone, so. G/F Maddy Welter, sr. G Kim Herzog, sr. F Courtney Meyer, so. G/F Natali Dimitrova

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Carmel

After spending last season as the sixth man, Cassidy Kloss could be the Corsairs' most improved player.

2012-13 record: 20-10 overall, 4-5 ESCC

Head coach: Kelly Perz, fourth season

Projected starting five: sr. G Kathleen Felicelli, sr. G Cassidy Kloss, sr. G Leah Lach, jr. F Emma Rappe, so. F Emily Casale

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Glenbrook North

After Glenbrook North lost 12 seniors to graduation, forward Ashley Cohn is one of just three returning players this year.

2012-13 record: 14-16 overall, 4-6 CSL North

Head coach: Renee Brosnan, sixth season

Projected starting five: sr. PG Maddie Bareiss, fr. PG Ilana Malman, jr. SF Molly Blitt, sr. PF Ashley Cohn, so. C Miranda Weber

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Glenbrook South

One of three Weinman sisters on the Titans, freshman Carie is expected to be a major contributor for Glenbrook South this season.

2012-13 record: 22-7 overall, 6-4 CSL South

Head coach: Steve Weissenstein, 16th season

Projected starting five: sr. G Riley Dahiya, sr. F Cassandra Palmer, jr. F Ashley Oldshue, so. F Caitlin Morrison, fr. G Carie Weinman

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Evanston

After dealing with injuries in each of her first three seasons, guard Seara Clayborn is healthy and ready to be a significant contributor to the Wildkits' backcourt.

2012-13 record: 27-4 overall, 9-1 CSL South

Head coach: Elliot Whitefield, third season

Projected starting five: sr. G Sierra Clayborn, sr. G Seara Clayborn, sr. G Dashae Shumate, fr. F Leighah-Amori Wool, fr. C Krystal Forrester

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Lake Forest Academy

Forward Margaux Boles is a natural leader who makes her greatest imprint beyond the stat sheet. She'll be relied upon to help the Caxys improve on last season's 12-6 record.

Head coach: Chris Tennyson, eighth season

Projected starting five: jr. G Liza Tarr, jr. G Jasmine Sawyer, sr. G Emily Krasnow, sr. F Margaux Boles, sr. F Dija Diouf

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Lake Zurich

Casey McGinnis and Lake Zurich continue to rebuild, but this season could be especially difficult with zero seniors on the roster.

2012-13 record: 5-22, 1-11 NSC Lake

Head coach: Chris Bennett, 10th season

Projected starting five: so. G Abby Pirron, jr. G Casey McGinnis, so. G Frankie Nasca, jr. F Rachel Dawson, jr. F Elly Daleske

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Leyden

Second-year coach Drewann Pancratz -- who's also only 23 -- will lean heavily on center Liz McCluskey to help Leyden improve on a 6-23 season.

2012-13 record: 6-23 overall, 1-9 West Suburban Gold

Head coach: Drewann Pancratz, second season

Projected starting five: fr. PG Artasia Gusman; jr. SG Alondra Chavarria; jr. SG Jannely Hernandez; jr. PF Catherine Elliott; sr. C Liz McCluskey

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Libertyville

Sydney Mudd is expected to start at point guard for a Libertyville team coming off a 15-14 regular-season record and berth in the Class 4A regional semifinals.

2012-13 record: 15-14 overall, 7-5 NSC Lake

Head coach: Greg Pedersen, second season

Projected starting five: sr. PG Sydney Mudd, sr. G Rosie Lynch, jr. G Mary Wilterdink, fr. F Claire Keefe, sr. C Becky Deichl

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Loyola

Guard Maggie Nick will be the focal point of Loyola's offense, which hopes to improve on a 21-8 record last year.

2012-13 record: 21-8 overall, 6-1 GCAC Red

Head coach: Jeremy Schoenecker, sixth season

Projected starting five: sr. G Maggie Nick, jr. G Emma Thomas, jr. G Tyra Mills, sr. F Mary Kate Herion, jr. C Sarah Elston

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Lyons

A starter since her freshman year, junior guard Victoria Swift will be one of Lyons' top 3-point threats this season.

2012-13 record: 17-10 overall, 6-6 West Suburban Silver

Head coach: Paul Krick, first season

Projected starting five: jr. G Gaby Galassini, jr. G Victoria Swift, so. G Nina Scaramella, jr. C Hope Miller, sr. F Kayla Morrissey

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Maine East

Behind Elanta Slowek and co., Maine East could surprise in the CSL North.

2012-13 record: 15-15 overall, 5-5 CSL North

Head coach: Karol Hanusiak, seventh season

Projected starting five: sr. PG Jazlene Gonzalez, sr. SG Alyssa Matej, sr. SF Elanta Slowek, sr. PF Maria Protic, sr. C Shaylee Sloan

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Maine South

Third-year varsity starter Hailey Schoneman is looking to continue the good vibes for the Hawks, who managed a 27-6 regular-season record and reached the Class 4A sectional final last year.

2012-13 record: 27-6 overall, 8-2 CSL South

Head coach: Mark Smith, ninth season

Projected starting five: sr. G Kelly Kons, so. G Samantha Fagenholz, jr. G Nina Anderson, sr. F Emilie McGuire, sr. F Hailey Schoneman

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Mundelein

At 5-foot-10, forward Natalie Busscher is Mundelein's tallest returning starter. An offseason spent largely in the weight room has her expecting to challenge opposing post players in the NSC Lake.

2012-13 record: 10-17 overall, 5-8 NSC Lake

Head coach: Brian Evans, 16th season 

Projected starting five: jr. G Maggie Mahar, sr. G Lauren Rouse, jr. F Natalie Busscher, sr. F Taylor Lintner, so. F Madison Davis

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New Trier

After a breakout freshman year, 6-foot-3 center Jeannie Boehm is expected to anchor New Trier and lead them beyond a 16-15 regular-season record.

2012-13 record: 16-15 overall, 5-5 CSL South

Head coach: Teri Rodgers, 16th season

Projected starting five: sr. G Alexa Czyzynski, sr. G Isabella Bosco, sr. G Meg Neuhaus, sr. G Jackie Welch, so. C Jeannie Boehm

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Niles North

The play of Olivia Schaps and the rest of the Niles North backcourt will go a long way in determining whether the Vikings emerge from rebuilding territory.

2012-13 record: 4-26 overall, 0-10 CSL North

Head coach: Dan Paxson, seventh season

Projected starting five: so. PG Olivia Schaps, sr. SG Shar Rasho, jr. SG Alyssa Brand, jr. F Kienya Jones, sr. F Kelly Nwansi

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Niles West

Coming off a rebuilding year, point guard Katherine DeLara and Niles West could approach double-digit wins.

2012-13 record: 4-21 overall, 2-8 CSL South

Head coach: Tony Konsewicz

Projected starting five: jr. F Julia Easter, jr. PG Katherine DeLara, sr. G Alex Galanopoulos, so. G Jalyn Estrada, sr. G Kacie Simkins

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North Shore Country Day

Junior guard Annie Kroll was forced to carry an exceptionally heavy role last year as the Raiders struggled to a 9-14 record. With another year under the team's belt, Kroll could be in prime position to break out if she steps up as a leader.

2012-13 record: 9-14 overall

Head coach: Dana Leonard, second season

Projected starting five: G Grace Atia, G Safia Vohra, G Annie Kroll, F Meghan Nolan, F/C Claire McCarthy/Kayleigh Robertson

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Ridgewood

After spending her summer in Poland, point guard Justyna Golab will be expected to help fill an offensive void for Ridgewood.

2012-13 record: 7-21 overall, 3-9 Metro Suburban

Head coach: Amanda LoBianco, second season

Projected starting five: jr. PG Justyna Golab, jr. SG Janell Flores, sr. SG Arlena D’Amato, so. PF Lexie Crotty, sr. PF Amanda Frey

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Roycemore

Roycemore's captain and point guard, Sachi Toepp, will be counted on to lead the Griffins further into the Class 1A playoffs.

2013 playoffs: Lost in regional semifinal of Class 1A to Ida Crown 

Head coach: Mike Kincaide, first season

Projected starting five: jr. PG Sachi Toepp, jr. SG Nicole Connors, fr. G Georgia Swinand, jr. F Jana Redzovic, sr. F Sarah Nieman

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St. Joseph

Guard Deja Horn is now a fourth-year varsity player and second-year captain for St. Joseph. With a full scholarship to St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind., already in tow, Horn will be heavily counted upon to help the Charges win more than 10 games.

2012-13 record: 8-22 overall, 3-4 in GCAC Red

Head coach: Jim Maley, sixth season

Projected starting five: sr. 5-foot-8 PG Kietta Saunders; sr. 5-6 G Deja Horn; sr. 5-5 G-F KeTyra Saunders; so. 5-7 G-F Elise Estelle; sr. 5-9 C Chanel Brown

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Stevenson

Taylor Buford is being pegged as an early breakout candidate for Stevenson, which is hoping to play even further into the Class 4A playoffs.

2012-13 record: 20-9 overall, 12-2 NSC

Head coach: Tom Dineen, fifth season 

Projected starting five: jr. G Sophia Way, so. G Janine Fajardo, so. G Jessica Burke, jr. G Melanie Dispinich, jr. F Taylor Buford

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Vernon Hills

Point guard/forward Lauren Webb will miss the first 1-2 weeks with an injury, but as one of the most unheralded players in Lake County, she's still a favorite to have a breakout year.

2012-13 record: 31-3 overall, 10-0 NSC Prairie

Head coach: Paul Brettner, 14th season

Projected starting five: jr. PG Haley Lieberman, sr. F/G Lauren Webb, sr. F/G Sydney Smith, jr. F Kasey Firnbach, sr. F Katie Brettmann

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Maine South's Claire Raphael

Evanston's Seara Clayborn

Lyons' Kayla Morrissey

Vernon Hills' Sydney Smith