Updated: December 6, 2012 6:21AM
1. Michigan City
The Wolves finished as the best team last season, reaching the 4A regional final, and they didn’t lose anybody to graduation. Pretty simple choice at the top.
2. West Side
With Ashley Danzy leading the way, the Cougars are almost as stacked as the Wolves at No. 1. Of course Rod Fisher’s going to keep coaching with this much talent.
The Red Devils won their first Northwest Crossroads Conference title last season, and has everyone back on the floor with a new coach on the sideline.
Their all-area point guard is gone, but the Pirates still have plenty to give MC a run for its money in the DAC. Victoria Gaines should be full strength by December.
5. Lake Central
The Indians have a pretty good post player in Jessica Bell and darn good backcourt player in Lizzie Seymour. Sounds like a good recipe for success.
Yes, little Whiting is fairly high in our poll, but the Oilers earn it after winning the Greater South Shore title last season and returning key components.
7. Hanover Central
With Blayr Poston scoring and role players surrounding her, the Wildcats have a great shot to end 40 years in the PCC with a title, or maybe two.
8. Crown Point
In her second year as head coach, Anne Equihua has the Bulldogs thinking about succeeding. The only downer is that the DAC is stacked above them.
Speaking of the stacked DAC, the Slicers are the forgotten team in that group. But with their proficient 3-point shooting, the Slicers are never out of a game.
After a year of rebuilding, the Brickies should be back winning more games than they lose, especially with a couple scorers looking to get even better.