A young Dublin Jerome High School girls basketball team will look to the leadership of three senior captains to help in the transition to the varsity game.

A young Dublin Jerome High School girls basketball team will look to the leadership of three senior captains to help in the transition to the varsity game.

"We're pretty young, but we're pretty athletic and the kids work really, really hard," said coach Rob Dunsmore, who is in his second season. "All of the kids from Dublin work hard and they are coachable. I'm looking forward to seeing what we have, but right now we are working on basketball skills and getting in great shape.

"One of our biggest concerns is height. We're going to have to be doing a good job of positioning to get rebounds."

The seniors are guard/forward Andrea Davidson, guard/forward Amanda Kessler and post player Madison Watson, who is the team's tallest player at 6-foot-1.

They were on the roster a year ago when the Celtics finished 15-8 overall, lost to Central Crossing 49-32 in the first round of the Division I district tournament and tied Dublin Scioto for second (9-5) in the OCC-Cardinal Division behind Westerville North (14-0).

The Celtics lost five players from a year ago to graduation, including Sarah Auker (team-high 10.1 points per game), Katherine McCoy (9.5 ppg) and Hannah Gibbs (8.4 ppg).

"Our three seniors are our captains and they have been doing a great job being leaders," Dunsmore said. "They are a mixture of personalities that work well for us. Amanda Kessler leads by example and Andrea Davidson is tough as nails out there. Madison Watson is more of a vocal leader."

Watson was special mention all-league last year after averaging 6.6 points. Kessler was honorable mention all-league after averaging 4.3 points.

"I think we are doing a good job of getting used to playing together," Watson said. "We have a pretty young team and we're getting comfortable with one another on the court. We also have good speed and we can play faster because we have more guards than height."

Junior guard/forward Hadley Kiefer missed the first half of last season with a knee injury, but is back to full strength.

Rounding out the roster are guard/forwards in juniors Natalie Christman, Abi Fickel, Lauren Golda and Sarah Youngs, sophomores Bailey Williams and Lillian Williams and freshman Deanna Prochko.

"I definitely feel like I have to be more of a leader this year," Watson said. "It's important that I'm more of a vocal leader on the court and make sure the younger players do what they need to do in certain situations on the court."

The Celtics lost to Westerville Central 45-42 on Nov. 22 in an OCC game. Watson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Kiefer added 10 points.

"In girls basketball, sometimes you don't know what you will get from night to night," Dunsmore said. "It all comes down to shooting the basketball. If you make shots, it all looks simple."