It didn't take long for Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball coach Joy Taylor to put a personal stamp on her team's style of play after being hired to replace Lisa Cady on June 2.

It didn't take long for Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball coach Joy Taylor to put a personal stamp on her team's style of play after being hired to replace Lisa Cady on June 2.

The Wildcats spent the past three seasons primarily playing zone defense under Cady's direction, but they likely will play man-to-man defense most of the time this season.

Davidson finished 11-10 overall last season after losing to New Albany 54-40 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

"Coach has had success using man-to-man (while earning a 75-75 record at Loudonville) and we're quick enough as a team to execute it," senior guard Rebekah Kauffman said. "We're forcing everyone to drive to their left, because nobody wants to go that way. I like this defense a lot and I think it's going to work well for us, because we all run the floor well, even our post players."

Five players who started multiple games last season have returned in senior guards Samantha Bradway (5-foot-10) and Kauffman (5-8), junior guard Madie Long (5-6), sophomore guard Lauren Bates (5-10) and sophomore post player Maddison Blackwell (6-1).

Last season, Long averaged 4.3 points and 2.1 assists, Bradway averaged 4.1 points and 2.1 steals, Bates averaged 3.9 points, 3.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals, and Blackwell averaged 3.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals.

Rounding out the roster are senior guards Kelsey Sicker (5-6), Kendra VanHorn (5-6) and Ashley Weethee (5-4), junior post player Katie Dymek (5-10), sophomore post players Katie Campbell (6-1) and Bri Ekanem (6-1), and sophomore guard Ashley Hurt (5-10).

"We have good size and athleticism," Taylor said.

"A lot of these girls play AAU basketball and have good fundamentals. I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived here, but I'm happy with the people we have."

Last season, the Wildcats went 2-7 in games decided by eight points or fewer.

But Davidson tied Coffman for second in the OCC-Central Division at 10-4, behind Upper Arlington (13-1) and ahead of Hilliard Darby (8-6), Thomas Worthington (8-6), Central Crossing (5-9), Worthington Kilbourne (2-12) and Westland (0-14).

The Wildcats beat Coffman 56-54, snapping a nine-game losing streak against the Shamrocks. Davidson had last beaten Coffman 43-32 on Dec. 4, 2004.

Davidson beat Darby 54-48 to begin a six-game winning streak before ending the regular season on a three-game losing skid, dropping contests to Darby (41-35), Upper Arlington (53-47) and Coffman (38-36).

"I think we will make strides throughout the season and play our best basketball at the end of the season," Taylor said.