The McMurray (Pa.) Peters Township High School girls basketball team will bring a set of solid credentials to the Kroger Holiday Classic.

The McMurray (Pa.) Peters Township High School girls basketball team will bring a set of solid credentials to the Kroger Holiday Classic.

The Indians are one of the top teams in Section 4 of Class AAAA of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League. They finished 20-8 last year after losing to Upper St. Clair 69-40 in the WPIAL AAAA championship game. They had finished fourth in Class AAAA Section 4 at 6-6.

First-year coach Pete Serio, whose team won three of its first four games this season, is looking forward to using the Kroger Holiday Classic as a gauge for where the Indians are, as well as a confidence-builder.

"I'm expecting it to be very competitive," Serio said. "I'm hoping to use it as a way we can get ourselves better, prepare us for our section. I'm hoping that the tournament challenges us and makes us play 94 feet."

Peters Township is led by 6-foot-3 senior post player Emily Correal, who last month committed to William & Mary in Virginia.

Correal averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds as a junior and entered this season with more than 1,300 points in her career.

"She's an athletic 6-3 player who's getting better with her post moves inside," Serio said. "(She) has a very nice jump shot and can take you inside."

Correal, a fourth-year starter, was third-team all-state last season.

Another senior, Maddie Miller, is the point guard. Serio said Miller is the team's primary ball-handler, but will shoot if left open.

Rounding out the starting lineup is a trio of first-year starters in senior forward Samantha Higgins and junior guards Emily Mathis and Ellie Hanlon. Serio said the Indians go eight-deep, but he used nine players in a game earlier this season.

Serio doesn't see playing in an out-of-state tournament against unfamiliar teams as a negative.

"(Both teams) are both starting out even, but we'll make adjustments," he said.

As for the Indians' style of play, Serio said, "It depends on who we're playing against." He said the Indians will play both man and zone, and he will adjust to the situation to make the players both confident and successful.

Serio's wife is Suzie McConnell-Serio, who is the women's basketball coach at Duquesne University and was a former player and coach in the WNBA, including time as a player with the Cleveland Rockers.