Peyton Mullen, Sophia Bumgardner, and forward Reagan Palmer are other freshmen expected to play big roles.
"Peyton is really fast," Sutherland said. "She can be a defensive stopper for us because she is just so quick."
Newcomers include senior Simone Assaley returns to the team after sitting out the last two years and Christina O'Dell, a softball player who Sutherland sees as a possible inside force.
"We can mix-and-match some line-ups," Sutherland said. "We can go small and quick or we can go pretty big."
The only seniors on the roster are Fletcher and Assaley.
"They, Sam especially, have been doing a great job providing leadership," Sutherland said. "And Anna and Hanna are really working hard."
He has enlisted the help of former Capital High and University of Charleston star player Lisa Lee to be one of his assistants.
"Lisa is doing a great job," said Sutherland of Lee, who played basketball professionally in Europe the last couple years. "And the girls know about her and really respond."
Following a pattern he established at Winfield Sutherland has beefed up the Charleston Catholic schedule.
"We should know pretty quickly how the season is going to go," Sutherland said. "I am really looking forward to it."
He is also already looking ahead in his own crystal ball.
"We only have the two seniors and Catherine and Peri will be back next year," Sutherland said. "We will be okay."
The Irish have home and away games with Summers County, defending Class AAA champ Greenbrier East, and Class A state tournament team Pocahontas County along with a game against defending Class A champion St. Joseph.
Catholic opens at home on Dec. 5 against Wahama and hosts Parkersburg Catholic on Dec. 7.