During Tom Woodford's first nine seasons as coach, the Watterson High School girls basketball team utilized its post players to set up and run its half-court offense.

During Tom Woodford's first nine seasons as coach, the Watterson High School girls basketball team utilized its post players to set up and run its half-court offense.

The Eagles, who finished 16-7 overall last season after losing to Pickerington North 65-24 in a Division I district semifinal, will play a completely different style of offense and defense this season.

"We don't have any post players. We're all guards this year," Woodford said. "We're going to be fun to watch because we're going to play full-court both ways, and when we're open, we're going to take shots. Last year, in our half-court offense, we wanted to average about 46 shots. This year, we want to average 64 shots."

Senior Courtney Haley (5-foot-10) and junior Celeste Cantwell (5-11) are Watterson's only two returning starters.

Haley, a Western Michigan University recruit, will miss the beginning of the season while recovering from a torn ACL in her right knee but is expected to return in early January. Last season, she averaged 11.4 points and was named first-team all-CCL and honorable mention all-district.

Junior point guard Ashley Andracki (5-7) and sophomore Gabby Byorth (5-6) also saw action as starters last season. Also returning are senior Margaret Masty (5-7), junior Regina Smith (5-6) and sophomore Emily Byorth (5-6).

Rounding out the team are junior Judy Sauter (5-6) and sophomores Kayla Cook (6-0) and Emily Geyer (5-8).

"People question our lack of experience, but this is the fastest team we've ever had," Woodford said. "Our kids are in extremely good shape and they all can run and transition. With the style we play, we're going to hit our stride in the fourth quarter and try to wear other teams down along the way."

Last season, the Eagles won their third consecutive CCL title outright at 10-0, finishing ahead of DeSales (8-2), Ready (6-4), Hartley (4-6), Columbus School for Girls (2-8) and Worthington Christian (0-10). Worthington Christian is not in the CCL this season.

Watterson beat Marysville 53-25 in the second round of the district tournament behind 20 points from Haley, before losing to top-seeded North.

"I think we're going to surprise people because they aren't expecting much from us," Haley said.