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Cap-8 girls basketball conference preview: first-year coaches begin

Broughton's Junior Brittney Smith (15) drives against Apex's Sophomore Samantha Michel (25) during a girls basketball game on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Raleigh. Broughton Capitals won 67-50.
Broughton's Junior Brittney Smith (15) drives against Apex's Sophomore Samantha Michel (25) during a girls basketball game on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Raleigh. Broughton Capitals won 67-50. newsobserver.com

The Cap-8 Conference girls’ basketball features some first-year coaches, some rebuilding opportunities and the return of some of last season’s leaders.

Play begins Monday, with openers spread throughout the week.

The defending conference champion, Millbrook, which went undefeated in the league last season, will open at Knightdale on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Broughton (20-7, 12-2): Senior shooting guard Katie Wadsworth is Broughton’s top returner this season. She hit 60 three-pointers in 2014-15. Other key returners include senior guard Brittney Smith and junior forward Marcy Waters.

The Caps will have to rebound from losing their leader, Kaila Ealey, the Cap-8’s top scorer (26.4). There are also four freshmen on varsity this season.

Enloe (6-17, 3-11): The Eagles’ leading scorer and rebounder Briana Lee averaged 13.8 points and 6.7 rebounds as a junior last season.

Heritage (7-17, 3-11): Alissa Smalls was the Huskies’ all-around leader as a freshman last season. She averaged 14 points, six rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.8 steals. She led the conference in steals.

Millbrook (24-2, 14-0): The reigning Cap-8 champion lost in the second round of playoffs to Broughton last season. The Cats’ Dazia Powell (9.8) and Kai Crutchfield (9.8) led the scoring corps. Leading rebounder Sis Norman (5) was a sophomore on a team that went undefeated in the conference.

Sanderson (8-15, 6-8): Bria Gibson poured in lots of points last season for Sanderson, but she was a senior. Only one senior in captain Nicole Mitchell, a 60 percent free throw shooter last year, will return to a young squad. Junior Faith Hoover, who scored 121 points as a sophomore, is the other captain.

Leesville Road (15-11, 7-7): Kelly Funderburk averaged 13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists and will return for her senior season under first-year coach Ben Daniels. Daniels was at rival Wake Forest a season ago. The Pride learned from last year’s success and returns the core of that group.

Wake Forest (7-17, 2-12): Coach Scott Love enters his first season at the helm. The Cougars’ assist leader Kayla Surles was a freshman last season. She also added 10.3 points to complement senior Kristoni Barnes’ 10.4.

Wakefield (11-13, 9-5): The Wolverines lost their scoring and assist leader, but Camryn Jones was the second-leading scorer as a freshman last year. Five freshmen will join the club this year, while Jones plays alongside five seniors.

Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan

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