North Andover Scarlet Knights Girls Basketball '07-'08

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2006-07 record: 7-13, didn't qualify for the state tournament

Returning starters (3): Nicole Zahoruiko, 5-9, Jr., forward; Katie Boringa, 5-9, Sr., forward; Jackie Sullivan, 5-7, Soph., guard

Returning lettermen: Mariah Dellea, 5-9, Sr., forward/guard; Katie Moroney, 5-8, Soph., guard; Nikki Karalis, 5-4 Soph., guard

Newcomers: Hillary Fonseca, 5-4, Jr., guard; Angie Burnette, 5-11, Soph., center/forward; Amanda Foote, 5-2, Frosh., guard

Candidates in all grades: 37

Captains: Katie Boringa

Returning leaders: Nicole Zahoruiko 15.4 ppg

Returning honorees: Nicole Zahoruiko, Eagle-Tribune All-Star

Assistants: Lindsay Breen, JV; Lisa Jensen, Frosh.

Opener: Dec. 14 at Wilmington, 7 p.m.

Odds and ends: The Knights didn't qualify for the state tournament for the second straight year. Before that, the last time Knights didn't make the postseason was 1981-82. ... Amanda Foote is the sister of former North Andover three-sport star Andrew Foote. ... Nicole Zahoruiko has added a mid-range jumper to her arsenal. ... Lindsay Breen, a volunteer assistant last season, will step in as the JV coach for Debbie Daley, who recently had a baby. Breen, whose aunt is the head coach, was an All-League guard for North Andover in 2002. ... Mariah Dellea recently had knee surgery but looks to be 100 percent.

Coach Sue Breen (9th year, 117-54): "I'm very optimistic, looking forward to the season. ... We're not very tall, but we'll hustle a lot. Nicole (Zahoruiko's) so athletic. We just had a scrimmage. I couldn't believe how quickly she just got up and down the floor. She's tall, she's quick. She can put the ball in the net."

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