HUNDRED - Coming off an 11-13 campaign, Hundred girls' basketball coach Jeremy Kelch has some tweaking and rebuilding to do with the loss of four starters.
However, with three seniors ready to step in, decent height and tons of team speed to travel up and down the court, Kelch believes that his current unit is very close to eclipsing last season's record.
Gone from last season are three-point specialist Mercedes Goff, who drained eight in one night, do-it-all forward Shayna Tedrow, point guard Haley Hayes and Cheyenne Myers.
The lone remaining starter is a good one in 6-foot-2 senior center Katie Tennant, who will be joined by classmates Emily Ebert, a 5-8 forward who was the sixth man last season, and 5-6 shooting guard O'Shanna Topp, who Kelch calls his shut-down defender.
Junior Lindsey Jones (5-9) will be the point guard while sophomore Paige Shriver cracks the starting lineup at as a third guard.
Senior Hanna Metz (5-2) will be the first player off the bench and is a guard while the next three will be a combination of junior Nikki Cunningham (5-6, center), sophomore Dakota Kuhn (5-7, forward/center) and freshman Josie Phillips (5-6, guard). Another pair of freshmen who could see some playing time are Ashley Miller (5-6, guard/forward) and Emily Rine (5-2, point-guard).
''We lost four starters that we need to replace. Fortunately the one that we have back is a very good one,'' Kelch said. "Both our offense and defense will be catered around Katie Tennant. We have a couple of real nice shooting guards. The trouble is actually getting them to shoot the ball.
"Defensively we will be better than last year, with a lot of that having to do with our team speed. Our first five or six girls and a couple of the freshmen can run like deer. Overall, this is an extremely athletic group that just lacks experience. But they are working on that and doing a good job, it is the key to our success.''
The biggest addition to the schedule is that the Hornets will be taking part in the Home Town Invitational Tournament, which is for smaller schools in West Virginia.
''It is a pretty tough schedule, but we are very excited about our first year in the HIT,'' Kelch said. ''There are also three or four teams on there that beat us last year and didn't graduate anyone. But the bottom line is that I think we have the talent to play every school on the schedule. But we have to come to play to be able to do it."