Week 1 of the regular season for prep girls basketball in the state of Florida begins this week and we here at the Hernando Sun want to give you the Hernando County reader all the insight you can get during the 2018-2019 campaign. Here is what the teams look like heading into week 1.
No. 1 Weeki Wachee (0-0, 0-0): The Hornets are coming off an impressive 25-3 season and in the preseason have looked solid. Wins over Holiday Anclote and New Port Richey River Ridge have Weeki Wachee entering the regular season with some confidence and they’ll open up versus Hudson in the opener.
No. 2 Springstead (0-0, 0-0): After going 13-6 last season, the Eagles enter the 2018-2019 campaign with higher expectations, including reaching the Class 7A playoffs. Most of that will start with winning their own district, as the Eagles share a district with teams like Sunlake, Land O’ Lakes and New Port Richey Mitchell.
No. 3 Nature Coast (0-0, 0-0): This particular Nature Coast team had some growing pains last fall, but was still able to finish a respectable 14-10 in the 2017-2018 campaign. The Sharks have started the preseason off 0-2 but now enter the regular season with expectations to push towards 20 wins.
No. 4 Hernando (0-0, 0-0): The Leopards were a club that was teetering between becoming a top 3 team in Hernando County and being a bottom dweller. Hernando should be a team that finishes above the .500 mark this season, as they return much of its roster from a year ago. They’ll be in a district with county rivals Nature Coast, Central and Weeki Wachee.
No. 5 Central (0-0, 0-0): The Bears had a tough go of it in the 2017-2018 season when the program finished 2-23 and both wins coming against Seven Rivers Christian. Reaching 10 wins will be tough for the rebuilding Bears, but getting between 5 and 10 wins is a feasible goal for Central.
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