Krista Derry of the Watkins Memorial High School girls basketball team is expected to draw a crowd of defenders.

Krista Derry of the Watkins Memorial High School girls basketball team is expected to draw a crowd of defenders.

The senior shooting guard appears to be the Warriors' primary scoring threat now that 6-foot post player Christina Myers has graduated. Derry, who was named ThisWeek's Player of the Year in tennis this fall, can be a dangerous equalizer with her 3-point shot, but needs to set her feet to be effective.

"That's one of the things we've struggled with in our scrimmages -- getting people open looks," said first-year coach Kyle Oyster, whose team opens Saturday against Walnut Ridge. "I'm sure (opponents) will key on (Derry) and we have to find ways to free her up."

The Warriors, who finished 7-14 overall last season after a 38-31 loss to Worthington Kilbourne in the first round of the Division I district tournament, are a little thin on the perimeter after point guard Lindsay Abbott also graduated. The often-injured Myers, who averaged 21.8 points and 9.4 rebounds nonetheless a year ago and was third-team all-district honors, now is playing at Denison.

"We don't have a lot of depth, especially at guard, so we won't run a lot," said Oyster, who is replacing Steve Hare after Hare posted a 15-27 record in two seasons. "We'll play a lot of half-court offense and just try to get people open."

Senior Jordan Lyday takes over at point and classmate Mallarie Lewis should help anchor the perimeter defense. Lewis likely will be called upon for more offensive production, too.

The post players include 5-9 junior Amber Hartley and 5-10 sophomore Mallary Warrington, but 5-10 senior Sam Leonard might miss time early because of a broken finger. The Warriors need to rebound by committee with Myers, a four-year starter, no longer roaming the baseline.

Also look for sophomores Kim Coyle and Logan Visnick.

"Our sophomores are stepping in and doing a nice job," said Oyster, who is in his seventh year as a coach and spent last winter with the boys junior varsity. "They're not playing scared, not backing down from anyone and even pushing the seniors. Our j.v. kids are like that, too. I like our makeup although I wish we had more juniors (one) than we have."

The Warriors went 2-8 to finish fifth last year in the OCC-Capital Division won by Dublin Scioto (8-2) a second time.The Irish have left the OCC-Capital, which now is a seven-team division also including holdovers Franklin Heights, New Albany and Big Walnut and newcomers Mount Vernon, Delaware and Olentangy Orange. Hilliard Bradley will become the eighth school when it opens next year.