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At a glance: NHC girls

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NHC girls: News-Sentinel predictions

Jonathan Batuello: Norwell should find itself undefeated and atop the conference.
Don Converset: DeKalb's Hayley Martin and Baylee Rinehart make good inside/outside combination.
Reggie Hayes: Norwell rides three-point shooting skills to championship heights.
Justin Kenny: It will come down to Norwell and Homestead again, and Homestead prevails.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 12:01 am

Bellmont: Four seniors return from a 5-17 season. The question is who steps up as a scorer. Audrey and Devon Schultz must come up big inside.

Carroll: The big addition for the Chargers is former Elmhurst coach Mark Redding. His style means Carroll will be improved defensively.

Columbia City: The Eagles have limited experience at the varsity level, but junior Emily Whiteleather and sophomore Macie Hinen showed promise last season, averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds between them.

DeKalb: Few teams have the experience and production that the Barons return in guard Baylee Rinehart and center Hayley Martin. Both averaged 10 points per game for a 14-7 team last season.

East Noble: The Knights are another team with a new coach in DeAnn Booth. She can start her program by building around senior guard Jena Yates, who averaged 11.4 points per game last season.

Homestead: With guard and leader Emily Bley out for the first part of the season with a knee injury, the Spartans need others to step up. Sydney Buck can do just that.

New Haven: Shawn Shearer takes over as coach after years of working with boys basketball. This is a building season without any major returning players.

Norwell: The Knights tend to reload, not rebuild. Coach Eric Thornton will be guard-heavy this season, so look for the three-point shots to frequently fly.