Steve Hall knows a little about playing inside the paint.

Steve Hall knows a little about playing inside the paint.

Before entering the coaching ranks, the 6-foot-8 Hall was all-state at Haviland Wayne Trace and finished his playing career in 1992 as a four-year letterwinner at Ohio State.

With that background, Hall is impressed with the Grandview Heights High School girls basketball team's front-court.

The Bobcats return six letterwinners from a team that finished 10-11 overall after losing to Marion Elgin 32-28 in the second round of the Division III district tournament.

"We have a lot of experience for the most part and we have some pretty good guards. I really think the strength of our offense is our post play," said Hall, who has led the program for 12 seasons. "We have three girls who are 5-10 or taller and that's pretty good for a Division III team."

The three post players are senior forward Abby Cameron (5-11), senior forward Karen Daniel-Hamberg (6-0) and senior center Kelly O'Hara (5-10). Cameron and Daniel-Hamberg both averaged 5.0 points and 5.0 rebounds last season.

The top returning scorer for the Bobcats is 5-8 shooting guard Danielle Clark, who averaged 7.5 points last season. Also back is junior Caitlyn Sarich, who started at point guard last season.

"Caitlyn ran the point all last year, so it's nice to have someone with experience who knows what we want to do on the court," Hall said. "She is a good soccer player and can give us 32 minutes every night if we need it. She's also tough to defend."

The depth on the bench consists of 5-6 junior guard Jordan Fitzgerald and Tiffani Bauer, a 5-8 senior guard who is out for the team for the first time.

Hall said the remainder of the team would be comprised of a rotation of junior varsity players.

"We're going to run when we can, but we're not going to force tempo," Hall said. "We just don't have the numbers to press all of the time."

The Bobcats have 15 players in the program, making depth an issue. One player who did not return from last season is junior Emily Lachey. The junior had to sit out the season because of concussion problems.

The Bobcats finished fourth in the MSL-Cardinal Division at 7-7 last year, behind champion Harvest Prep at 14-0 with Liberty Union and West Jefferson tying for second at 11-3. Fisher Catholic was fifth at 6-8, followed by Licking Heights (5-9), Berne Union (2-12) and Millersport (0-14).

"Harvest Prep won state (in Division IV) last year and they have everyone back, so they would have to be the favorite," Hall said of the league. "Aside from Harvest Prep, everyone else is on the same level and it will be a crap shoot (for second)."

Schedule

Nov. 27 vs. Briggs

*Dec. 2 at Licking Heights

*Dec. 4 at Harvest Prep

Dec. 7 vs. Columbus School for Girls

*Dec. 10 vs. Liberty Union

*Dec. 14 vs. Millersport

*Dec. 18 at Berne Union

Dec. 23 at Johnstown

Dec. 29 at Fairbanks

*Jan. 4 at Fisher Catholic

*Jan. 8 vs. West Jefferson

*Jan. 14 vs. Licking Heights

*Jan. 18 vs. Harvest Prep

*Jan. 22 at Liberty Union

Jan. 24 at Bloom-Carroll

*Jan. 28 at Millersport

*Feb. 1 vs. Berne Union

*Feb. 5 vs. Fisher Catholic

Feb. 7 vs. Hartley

*Feb. 11 at West Jefferson

*MSL-Cardinal game