Pine Tree vs. Marshall

Marshall’s Katelynn Jones brings the ball down the court during a Jan. 4 game against Pine Tree.

MARSHALL

Mascot: Lady Mavericks

Coach: Eric Woods

District: 16-5A (Pine Tree, Hallsville, John Tyler, Lufkin, Jacksonville, Whitehouse)

2018-19 record: 16-17

Top returning players: Maycee Griffin … Katelynn Jones … Jordan Terry … Kamryn Turner

Newcomers to watch: Serenity Jackson … Destinie Spearman … Amayai Spears

You can count on: “High energy.” — Woods

Needs work: “Competitive attitude.” — Woods

Did you know: This is Woods’ first season at Marshall

HALLSVILLE

Mascot: Ladycats

Coach: Holly Long

Coach’s record: 20-42

District: 16-5A (Pine Tree, Marshall, Nacogdoches, John Tyler, Lufkin, Jacksonville, Whitehouse)

2018-19 record: 18-14

Top returning players: Laikyn Smith (6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 blocks) … Mallory Pyle (6.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.1 assists

Newcomers to watch: Olivia Simmons

You can count on: “We have nine returning varsity players from last year with experience.” — Long

Needs work: “We are constantly striving to improve our shooting percentage from the floor and from the free-throw line.” — Long

Did you know: Long was the All-East Texas Coach of the Year last season. Her first team at Hallsville finished 2-28, but the Ladycats rebounded last year to win 18 games, finish 8-6 in the district and earn a playoff spot

ELYSIAN FIELDS

Mascot: Yellowjackets

Coach: Sierra Bradshaw

Coach’s record: 28-20

District: 15-3A (Ore City, Tatum, Jefferson, Daingerfield, Waskom, New Diana, Hughes Springs)

2018-19 record: 17-16

Top returning players: Amanda Gardner … Christen Smith … Madison Edwards … Keyaria Harrison

You can count on: “I can always count on these girls to have fun playing the game. They love basketball, and it shows by how they work hard every day.” — Bradshaw

Needs work: “Versatility, and our numbers are low.” — Bradshaw

Did you know: Elysian Fields defeated Arp (40-33) in the first round of the playoffs last season, and then fell to eventual state champion Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill in the bi-district round

JEFFERSON

Mascot: Lady Dawgs

Coach: Mark Allen

District: 15-3A (Tatum, Elysian Fields, New Diana, Ore City, Hughes Springs, Daingerfield, Waskom)

Top returning players: Mackenzie Jordan … Nia Garrett … Tierrani Johnson

Newcomers to watch: Jaden Carter … Makiya Young

You can count on: “Playoff experience.” — Allen

Needs work: “Halfcourt offense.” — Allen

Did you know: All three members of the coaching staff, Allen, Brandon Allee and Robert Bristow, have head coaching experience

HARLETON

Mascot: Lady Wildcats

Coach: Shanna Johnson

District: 16-2A (Big Sandy, Beckville, Union Grove, Hawkins, Overton, Carlisle)

2018-19 record: 19-10

Top returning players: Tyler Mobley … Katelynn Smith

You can count on: “All returning starters.” — Johnson

Needs work: “Communication, trust and defense.” — Johnson