YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Last year, Yorktown’s girls basketball squad finished 12-9 and, as the No. 10 seed, lost to host No. 7 North Rockland 57-46 in the Section 1 Class AA opening round. This year, it has the potential to do even better.

And the return of all-league forward Kat Severino, a 5-foot-10 junior, is one reason why.

“I expect Kat to continue to grow and develop as a player and leader this year,” Yorktown’s sixth-year coach Kevin Clark said. “She will have more responsibility and I expect her to be up for that challenge.”

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Senior 5-9 forward Emily Metz has continued to improve throughout her four years on the varsity, Clark said.

“Her leadership and ability to work at a consistently high level should help our young team grow,” he said.

Clark feels that the development of 5-9 senior center Mackenzie Merson as an inside presence should help the Huskers improve offensively this year.

“As a captain, she will be counted on to set the tone and example for her new teammates to follow and learn from,” Clark said.

Severino and Metz will also be captains along with Merson.