Girl's high school basketball is just getting under way and last year's top teams, Reno and Reed, will look to continue their recent winning ways.
The two High Desert League teams are coming off a season in which Reed defeated Reno to capture the state championship.
The two teams have controlled the Northern Region the last few seasons, and this year they should once again be the teams the rest of the High Desert and Sierra leagues will chase.
Reed brings back just two starters from last year, but one of those is co-High Desert League Player of the Year Gabby Williams.
After winning the award as a sophomore, Williams knows there is a target on her and her title-winning team's back in 2012-13.
"It pushes you knowing that many people are on you," she said.
The team may be young, but Williams said new players are stepping up. She says she is impressed with how far the team has come and how much intensity the group brings to each practice
Reed coach Sara Ramirez believes Williams has the potential to dominate games and help the team achieve its goal of repeating as champions.
Last year's runner-up Reno will have the edge in experience. The Huskies return three starters and plenty of firepower . The team will be led by point guard Gigi Hascheff, who will be playing for Sacramento State next fall, and 6-foot-1 junior Morgan McGwire and fellow 6-footer Shalen Shaw, who has given a verbal agreement to Boise State.
"We have a tremendous amount of work to do," Reno head coach Shane Foster said, "but we're excited about the opportunity to play."
Reno and Reed may be the class of the North this year, but Bishop Manogue and Spanish Springs, among others, will be looking to stake their claim as teams to be reckoned with.
Spanish Springs' coach, Christine Eckles will return three of her starters from last year. Nine varsity players return at Spanish Springs, and Eckles says the team is ahead of where it was at this time last year.
The team will be led by Riley Holladay, who committed to play for CSU Stanislaus next fall, Lyndsey Anderson and Hannah Woytek. With all of that experience, the Cougars stand a good chance of taking out Reed or Reno to earn the top spot in the High Desert League.
The team to beat in the Sierra League will likely be defending Sierra League champs Bishop Manogue. The Miners bring back standouts Emma Briggs and Gabbi Concepcion.
Big games for girls' basketball are on the horizon.
The first is Dec. 4 when Reno takes on Reed for early bragging rights in the rivalry.