The Warminster (Pa.) Wood Catholic High School girls basketball team doesn't boast as much of a star-studded lineup as it did last season, having lost Division I college recruits Rosie Tarnowski (Washington State), Lisa Strack (American) and Alyssa Parson (Rider) and Division II recruit Taylor Peltzer (Philadelphia University) to graduation.

The Warminster (Pa.) Wood Catholic High School girls basketball team doesn't boast as much of a star-studded lineup as it did last season, having lost Division I college recruits Rosie Tarnowski (Washington State), Lisa Strack (American) and Alyssa Parson (Rider) and Division II recruit Taylor Peltzer (Philadelphia University) to graduation.

That doesn't mean the Vikings are lacking talented players heading into Kroger Holiday Classic.

Wood is built around one of the best post players in Pennsylvania in 6-foot-3 senior center Ashley Robinson, a St. Joseph's recruit who is averaging just over 12 points and eight rebounds.

Robinson, a fourth-year starter, was first-team all-state last season as the Vikings finished 23-3 overall and won a fourth-consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League North Division title. Wood's season ended with a 57-44 loss to Bishop Carroll in a Philadelphia Catholic League tournament semifinal.

"We lost the most talented senior class we've ever had, and you don't get a group of players like that very often," said coach Jim Ricci, whose team was 3-2 after beating Lansdale Catholic 54-26 on Dec. 16. "Ashley Robinson is obviously our best player, but we're still trying to find our best mix of players right now. I think we've got the potential to be a very good team again.

"We're just going to have to play harder and smarter to be competitive against the kind of competition we'll see in this tournament."

The Vikings will open the Kroger Holiday Classic against Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, which edged West Chester Lakota West 69-67 in the Division I state final last year. Mount Notre Dame has won three consecutive state championships and was second the the previous two seasons.

Making its first appearance in the event last season, Wood opened with a 69-31 loss to Lakota West before bouncing back to beat Boardman 51-41 and Pittsburgh Oakland Catholic 45-35 to place fifth.

"The competition is going to be really tough again, but that's why we go there," said Ricci, who has a 42-14 record in his third season at Wood.

Senior guards Jenelle Hudson (5-5) and Jen Maxwell (5-8), junior point guard Samantha Greenfield (5-7) and sophomore post player Victoria Arnao (6-0) are Wood's other starters.

Senior guard Ashley B'Oris (5-6) was a projected starter but has yet to play as she continues to recover from a torn ACL.

Rounding out the roster are seniors Grace Gallagher (5-9 forward) and Kelly Young (5-10 guard), sophomores Stephanie Keyes (5-9 guard), Caitlin McCartney (5-8 guard), Christine Verrelle (5-8 guard), Aubrey Howland (5-10 forward), Rachel Friend (5-5 guard), Grace Mirack (5-7 guard) and Jenna Swope (5-9 forward) and freshman guard Lauren Nealon (5-9).

"Ashley has a great inside game and she's an excellent passer," Ricci said. "Having Tori in the post has allowed us to play Ashley outside more, too. Jenelle Hudson's a great defender for us. We try to be an uptempo team and we try to play tough man-to-man defense."