* FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (1-21): Only three players remain from last season, and two are guards, so coach Jeff Cook plans to use a more run-oriented offense. Junior point G Dave Layman (5-7) and senior shooting G Larry Haines (5-10) will carry much of the scoring load.
* LIBERTY (5-17): Ten of Liberty's losses last season were by 10 points or fewer . G Neal Lampron (5-11), one of two returning seniors, will provide the outside scoring punch.
* NORTH CARROLL (12-12): North Carroll will stick with its patient half-court, three-guard offense. G Scott Deltuva (6-0) and Bennie Jackson (6-0) and F Dave Parsley (6-2) and Dave Polischeck (6-2) are expected to carry the balanced scoring load.
* SOUTH CARROLL (18-7): If the Cavaliers are to contend for county and Central Maryland Conference honors, G/F Jamie Harrich (6-1) and C Chris Larrick (6-2) will have to be consistent leaders. Four seniors return, the newcomers move up from a 15-5 team and several of them are all-around athletes. Says coach Jim Carnes, the dean of Carroll coaches entering his 14th year, "Our strength will be our shooting."
* WESTMINSTER (12-10): Owls coach Dave Beyers has a wealth of returning varsity players, but G/F Herman Costley (6-4, 21 ppg last season) is the only one who had much playing time . The Owls have speed and athletic ability, but not much size, so they'll try to score mostly from outside, where Costley can be tough. The Owls will be in the thick of the county race with South Carroll, and they likely will battle Frederick and Thomas Johnson in the Central Maryland Conference race.