presents the YAIAA Division II girls' basketball preview capsules:


   Coach: Troy Lokhaiser (2nd season)

   2011-12 record: 18-7, 11-3
Returning starters
   Kara Funk (5-6, Sr., G), Alayah Hall (5-6, Jr., G, 14.5 points), Maxine Herman (5-7, Jr., F), Megan Lokhaiser (5-10, Jr., F)
Others to watch
   Marissa McMahon (5-10, So., F)
   The skinny: The Eagles finished second in Division II, behind West York, and have the firepower to contend again.

Just one of those reasons is Hall, who was among the YAIAA's scoring leaders a season ago and was only second to Kennard-Dale's Sara Tarbert among players in Division II.

But she's not alone. Funk also provided a punch on the perimeter for a team looking to go further than the one win it earned in last season's district tournament.


Lokhaiser noted many freshmen will be in the mix for varsity and JV spots because of few experienced players beyond the core. McMahon is returning from a knee injury, and Lokhaiser expects her to see time in the post.

-- Matt Goul


   Coach: Bill Novak (1st season)

   2011-12 record: 7-15, 1-13
Returning starters
   Tristen Hamilton (5-6, Sr., PG), Courtney Weibley (5-10, Sr., F)
Others to watch
   Payton Hauck (5-8, So., F), Jensen Knappenberger (5-6, Sr., G), Shay Mathison (5-7, Jr., G), Cheyenne Davis (5-7, Sr., F)
   The skinny: For the second time in as many seasons, the Bobcats have a new coach. Novak arrives after eight years with the Susquehannock boys' program, including the past three as the JV coach.

The Bobcats averaged 39.3 points per game last season and yielded 45.5. Novak is installing a new system, so the adjustment period will be something to watch. "If we continue to progress and play together, I think we will be competitive in most games," he said. "We are young and learning a new system, so it may take some time to jell, but this group loves to work hard and take on new challenges."

Novak was impressed with the attendance during open gyms and summer league.

"They all work very hard and play well together," he said.

Novak singled out Knappenberger, Mathison and Davis to, "provide leadership and be major contributors on the court and in the locker room."
-- Ryan Dixon

Spring Grove

   Coach: Gerry Rohrbaugh (1st season)
   2011-12 record: 11-11, 9-5
Returning starter
   Morgan Arden (Sr., G, 7.5 points)
Others to watch
   Ashley Madison (Sr., G), Brooke Osborne (Jr., C)
   The skinny: Rohrbaugh succeeds 14-year head coach Vance Myers, who left with a 190-156 career record.

Rohrbaugh also inherits a young team with only one player returning in Arden, who led the team in scoring for five games last season.

Madison sat out most of last season with a broken leg. Osborne played in nine games and scored two points last season.
-- Chuck Curley


   Coach: Dave Schreiner (2nd season)
   2011-12 record: 15-10, 9-4 (Division III)
Returning starters
   Shannon Druck (5-8, Jr., F/G, 10.7 points), MaKenzie Fancher, (5-7, Jr., PG, 8.7 points), Katie Wagner (5- 6, Jr., G/F, 6.7 points), Leah Deter (5- 9, Sr., F/post, 4.7 points), Jeannette Wilson (5- 7, Sr., G, 6.1 points)
Others to watch
   Abbey Barnhart (5-8, Jr., post), Lexi Murphy (5- 8, Sr., G/F), Olivia Royer (5-5, Jr., G).
   The skinny: The Warriors make the move from Division III to Division II this season and bring back an experienced group that qualified as the 17th seed for the District 3 Class AAA tournament. Susquehannock won its play-in game against Northern Lebanon before falling to top-seeded Palmyra.

Last season, Druck led the team in scoring with 268 points. Fancher and Wagner were ball hawks, averaging 2.6 and 2.5 steals per game, respectively.

Schreiner lists a lot of positives from the speed of the team to its ability to score from the outside. He looks for his Warriors to improve their rebounding and get more production, offensively, from its bench.

"I am really excited to see how our veteran players come around," Schreiner said, "and I have a few newcomers that could really make an impact on our team this year."
-- Ryan Dixon

York Suburban

   Coach: Jess Barley (1st season)

   2011-12 record: 8-13 overall, 7-6 Division III
Returning starters
   Bethany Spencer (5-3, Jr., PG, 3.7 assists)
Others to watch
   Alexis Mailman (5-5, Jr., G), Amanda Woodward (5-7, Sr., F), Alexis Gettle (5-7, Sr., G), Olivia Mingora (5-5, Sr.), Katherine Weaver (5-6, Sr., F), Lindsay Saxman (5-6, Sr., F).
   The skinny: Barley takes over for Bob Rudisill as the head coach of the Trojans, and Suburban -- like Susquehannock -- moves up to Division II. An athletic group has Barley hoping for the best.

"We have a strong nucleus of eight to nine players who have worked very hard in the offseason to improve as individuals and as a team in order to raise their level of play to be contenders in our division and league," she said.

The Trojans averaged 41.5 points a game last season and surrendered 38.1. Heading into what figures to be a competitive Division II, Barley is intrigued by the new division alignment.

"There have been division re-alignments and many new coaches hired this year. It will be interesting to see how those changes affect play."
-- Ryan Dixon

More YAIAA previews

  • Division I breakdown

  • Division III breakdown

  • Division IV breakdown