There's no question that the Chicago Bogan Computer Technical High School girls basketball team misses Tenisha Wilson, a 2008 graduate who now is playing at Northern Illinois.

There's no question that the Chicago Bogan Computer Technical High School girls basketball team misses Tenisha Wilson, a 2008 graduate who now is playing at Northern Illinois.

Coach Gary Bell certainly would love to have Wilson, his daughter and Bogan's all-time leading scorer, back for another season. But he also can't complain too much about the depth and balance the Bengals have this year.

"We ran our offense around her last year, but I think this team is a better team, meaning if one player doesn't play well, we don't get beat," Bell said.

The Bengals had a good deal of success last season with Wilson leading the way, as they went 23-9 overall. They lost in a 4A sectional final to Chicago Mother McAuley 68-62. Illinois' sectional final is equivalent to Ohio's district final, and 4A is the highest classification.

This season's team not only is deeper than a year ago, with as many as 10 players rotating in during some games, but it has a few standout individual talents as well. Bogan features three players who are being recruited by Division I schools, including one committed to Central Michigan.

Bell also said the Bengals seem to have meshed well together early this season.

"The chemistry is better than last year's team," Bell said. "They just play more together as a team. This is a good team."

The Bengals were 6-2 before playing Lombard (Ill.) Montini on Dec. 19. Bell said he likes this team to push the tempo more than in years past, and the Bengals have been stingy defensively as well. They are scoring 63 points per game and allowing only 43.5.

"Previous years, we would get up and down the floor, but last year, we would run more set plays," Bell said. "This year, we run uptempo, put a lot of pressure on and get up and down the floor, with structure, though. When we run the floor, it's with structure."

Bogan has a fairly young team, but senior guard Jalisa Olive gives the Bengals a solid veteran leader. Olive, who is headed to play at Central Michigan next season, is just 5-foot but is averaging just more than 15 points and five steals.

In the backcourt with Olive are sophomores Ariel Haynes and Jaleesa Armstrong. Haynes, a 6-1 shooting guard, is a major Division I recruit but doesn't carry too much of the scoring load at Bogan, averaging just more than six points thus far. Armstrong is the starting point guard.

Junior Lynette Holmes is also on the radar of plenty of big-time college programs. Holmes, a 6-2 forward, is scoring 12 points per game. She moved to Chicago two years ago after losing her home in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

Junior Brittany Cochrane starts at center and through eight games was averaging about six points and eight rebounds.

The Bengals also have gotten significant contributions off the bench from guard Ekwara Ndongo, forward Britany Morris and center Rosie Hayden. Ndongo is averaging five points and is one of the team's most athletic players, and Morris is contributing about four points and four rebounds per contest.