The 2021-22 high school basketball season begins on Monday, Nov. 22, and the Cuthbertson High girls are expecting another strong season under head coach Joel Allen, who has a 187-99 overall record in 11 seasons.

A season ago, the Cavaliers finished 14-2 and won their fourth straight Southern Carolina Conference title; they advanced to the second round of the 3A state playoffs, where they lost to Jesse Carson (48-40). They had an unbeaten record at home, extending their home win streak to 30 games — dating back to the 2018-19 season.

Cuthbertson will be without 2021 graduate Maddie Dellinger and junior sharpshooter Reagan Iovino, who will miss the season with a major knee injury. But they still have a load of talent returning, including Cornell commit Ruby Williams (13 points per game, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.2 steals in 2020-21), junior Amanda Sacoto and seniors Natalie Bair, and Marissa Nola.

They start their Winter 2021 campaign with a non-conference home game against Forestview on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

The Forest Hills Yellow Jackets (10-2 record in 2020-21) are also anticipating a good season. They graduated three seniors from their 10-player roster, according to MaxPreps.com.

Head coach Marc Richardson will welcome back junior Jamyah Blakeney (20.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists in 2020-21) and sophomore Kim Gill (5.5 points). The Jackets are seeking their fourth consecutive Rocky River Conference title; they host Apprentice Academy in the opener on Tuesday.

Weddington (10-4 record in 2020-21) placed third in Southern Carolina Conference last season. The Warriors are eligible to return three starters: senior Brooke Strong (7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists) junior Hannah Tse (3.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 0.6 assists) and junior Isabella Sarcona (5.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists). Head coach Aaron Brown’s team hosts Freedom in the opener on Tuesday.

Parkwood finished 6-5 last season. The Wolf Pack will transition to the Rocky River Conference under head coach Jesse Boyce. The Pack returns a lot of experience, including: senior Shimiya Taylor (7.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists), junior Jade Washington (14.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists), and seniors Emma Barnes, Madison Tullock, Grace Crocker, and Victoria Thompson.

Marvin Ridge (7-6 record in 2020-21) is under the direction of second-year head coach Steve Lenahan, who was named the 2021 SCC Coach of the Year. Among the Mavericks’ returners are junior Zahra Douglas (13.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.1 steals), seniors Caroline Gravelle, and Kyndall Shivers. They will begin the season against Ardrey Kell on Tuesday.

The Porter Ridge Pirates (4-6 record, 3-5 SW4A in 2020-21) are now under the direction of new head coach: Collin Brandon, who replaces Angelia James (11-23 in two seasons). Among the Pirates’ retainers are junior Jyana Salton (14.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists), sophomore Olivia Burke (12.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists) and junior Payton Oliver (7.7 points). They open the season with a home game against West Cabarrus on Monday, Nov. 22.