Expecting to have a deep and talented senior class, Whitehouse Anthony Wayne High School girls basketball coach Justin Zemanski jumped at the chance to join the Kroger Holiday Classic field at Pickerington North.

Expecting to have a deep and talented senior class, Whitehouse Anthony Wayne High School girls basketball coach Justin Zemanski jumped at the chance to join the Kroger Holiday Classic field at Pickerington North.

Several of the players who were instrumental in the Generals' 39-5 run the last two seasons and helped the team win four of its first five contests returned. However, two of their biggest contributors are questionable at best for the event at North, where Anthony Wayne will compete for the first time.

Senior Allison Patenfuss, a 6-foot post player who was second-team all-state in Division I after averaging 21 points and 14 rebounds last year and has signed to play for Bowling Green, is doubtful because of a stress fracture injury.

In addition, senior guard Jordan Floyd, who averaged 15 points over the first five games, had an undisclosed medical procedure Dec. 17 and also is questionable.

The Generals open the Kroger Holiday Classic against Chicago Bogan, with the winner to play Pickerington North or McMurray (Pa.) Peters Township.

"We got a call, I think it was last year during the season, about our availability, and we obviously wanted to pursue it because of the particularly strong senior class we had coming back," Zemanski said. "We have a pretty big injury with Allison Patenfuss. We're hoping that she'll be able to rest and be in the (tournament), but I'm anticipating that she'll probably not be back. We're just going to come down and play as hard as we can."

Senior Erika Schmidt, a 5-11 guard who has committed to compete in track at Penn State, is joined in the backcourt by senior Ashley Bromley, a fourth-year starter.

The other seniors are Ja'Neisha Galloway (5-6) and Alyssa Taylor (5-6).

Taylor Leach (5-10) starts at power forward and is joined in the junior class by Briege Donahue (5-6) and Emily Wolfe (5-6). Sophomore Emma Ricketts is 5-11 and started in Anthony Wayne's wins over Oregon Clay (62-29 on Dec. 8) and Maumee (62-18 on Dec. 12) in the post. Also seeing significant action has been sophomore Hayley Barrett (5-8).

Anthony Wayne opened with wins over Rossford (51-22 on Nov. 29) and Findlay (58-48 on Dec. 2) and lost to Sylvania Northview (42-38 on Dec. 5) before beating Clay and Maumee and playing Holland Springfield last Friday.

Although the Generals went 20-2 in 2006-07 and 19-3 last season, they lost in Division I district semifinals both years.

"This is the first time I've (competed in a holiday tournament) since I've been at Anthony Wayne," Zemanski said. "It's my fourth year as a coach and normally I like to give them a break, but this was one of those opportunities we were hoping to have.

"I'd say depth (is a strength), and for our league, we have some pretty good athletes. We have a lot of two- to three-sport athletes who are going to defend pretty well and go after people. It'll be a great test for our kids."