POTOMAC FALLS

Coach: Michelle Rearick, third season.

Last year: 4-17 overall, 0-14 AAA Concorde District.

Returning players: G Angela Tessier, 5-3 Jr.; G Jennifer Balla, 5-6 Jr.; G Lis Bosma, 6-0 Jr.; C Sarah Bolton, 5-11 Sr.; F Jessica Branson, 5-9 Sr.; F Meghan Fonash, 5-7 Sr.

Outlook: The Panthers have an opportunity to improve tremendously on last season with their move to Group AA and six players returning from last year's squad.

Lis Bosma, who transferred from Massachusetts last season, will lead the Panthers' scoring threat inside and out. Her 6-foot frame is big enough to play the post, but Rearick said she is best suited to a three-guard position that allows her more leeway to drive to the basket. Bosma, whom Rearick calls her best ballhandler, averaged eight points a game last season and might need to average in double digits for the Panthers to improve significantly on last season's showing.

Bolton is about an inch shorter than Bosma, but will lead the rebounding attack for Potomac Falls.

The Panthers' one weakness is the lack of a true power forward. They like to play more of a finesse game, and Branson might be their only true post-up threat.

Worth Noting: In addition to Branson, Bolton also can play a little post, and new addition Brittany Gjormand from junior varsity has been working all summer on being more physical down low. Gjormand, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, will give Rearick one more tall body inside.

But Potomac Falls probably will rely on Bosma's play and the three-point shooting of Balla, who has worked on her shooting all summer and has become a deadly set shooter from beyond the arc.

1999 SCHEDULE

Aug. 31 at Park View

Sept. 2 Loudoun Valley

Sept. 7 at Chancellor, 4 p.m.

Sept. 8 Clarke County

Sept. 14Chancellor

Sept. 16at Broad Run

Sept. 21 Warren County

Sept. 28 at Loudoun Valley

Sept. 30 Handley

Oct. 5 at Park View

Oct. 7Loudoun County

Oct. 12 Liberty

Oct. 14 Broad Run

Oct. 18 at Clarke County

Oct. 19 at Warren County

Oct. 21 Loudoun Valley

Oct. 26 at Handley

Oct. 28 Park View

Nov. 2 at Loudoun County

Nov. 4 at Liberty

-- All games start at 7:30 unless otherwise noted.

BROAD RUN

Coach: John Costello, third season.

Last year: 7-15 overall, 3-11 AAA Liberty District.

Returning players: G-F Jessica Gordy, 5-9 Sr.; F Sara Priest, 5-8 Sr.; G Kristin Lawlor, 5-7 Sr.; G Kara Burke, 5-7 Sr.

Outlook: The Spartans will play an easier schedule than last year's after leaving the AAA Liberty District -- one of the strongest in the state. Broad Run had to face district champion Langley and Madison -- who hadn't lost a district game in 10 years until last season -- five times.

The Spartans also had to face a tough out-of-district schedule, including Concorde District runner-up South Lakes.

"It was a real tough district, and it gave us invaluable experience every night out there," Costello said. "The players we face night in and night out last year helped us immensely, but I hear nothing but good things about [Loudoun] County and [Loudoun] Valley."

For Broad Run to have a strong inaugural year in Group AA play, guard-forward Jessica Gordy will need to be consistent. Gordy, who Costello calls a strong Division II college candidate, is a good inside threat but can also shoot the ball from the perimeter. Gordy earned all-district honorable mention honors last season in the talent-rich Liberty District.

Worth noting: Erin Korte and Rachel McKinney, both 5-foot-11 juniors, will compete for the starting spot at center for Broad Run. Both played for the Spartans' junior varsity team last season and should give the team height in the low post as well as free up Gordy for more outside shots.

Sara Priest is expected to be the Spartans' strongest rebounder, and Kara Lawlor will run the point for Costello.

1999 SCHEDULE

Aug. 31 at Loudoun Valley

Sept. 2 Loudoun County

Sept. 8 at Massaponax

Sept. 13 at Clarke County

Sept. 14 Massaponax

Sept. 16 Potomac Falls

Sept. 20 Clarke County

Sept. 21 at Liberty

Sept. 28 at Loudoun County

Sept. 30 Warren County

Oct. 5 at Loudoun Valley

Oct. 7 Handley

Oct. 12 at Park View

Oct. 14 at Potomac Falls

Oct. 19 Liberty

Oct. 21 Loudoun County

Oct. 26 at Warren County

Oct. 28 Loudoun Valley

Nov. 2 at Handley

Nov. 4 Park View

-- All games start at 7:30