When Hugo Quint returned as coach of the Westland High School girls basketball team earlier this year, he gave his players four basic goals: play hard, play smart, play as a team and have fun.

When Hugo Quint returned as coach of the Westland High School girls basketball team earlier this year, he gave his players four basic goals: play hard, play smart, play as a team and have fun.

Quint takes over a team that finished 2-17 overall and 0-14 in the OCC-Central Division under coach Stephen Clines, who was 7-35 in two seasons, didn't have his contract renewed.

Westland will open the season on Friday when it visits Grove City. The Cougars will begin OCC-Central play on Dec. 3 at home against Central Crossing.

"We can look good against each other in practice, but you don't really know what you're like until you go against someone else," Quint said.

"With us not being here last year as a staff, the one way that we can tell is by putting them into situations where they have to perform."

Quint is familiar with the program, as he guided the Cougars from 1995-2004. In 10 seasons, he was 145-80 and led Westland to an OCC-Cardinal championship in the 2002-03 season. In the 1998-99 season, the Cougars were district runners-up, falling to Pickerington 76-39 in the final.

Since his return, Quint has emphasized the basics, which has included work in the weight room.

"They're learning and they have a lot to learn," Quint said. "If you get them in some kind of positive routine then you're going to get results. The results may not show right away, but the results may show up a year from now."

Quint promises competition for playing time on the varsity, as only four girls return with ample varsity experience.

Back are senior post player Logan Horn, senior guard Brittany Clutter, junior guard Brooklyn Harris and junior guard Taylor Horn. The Horns are sisters.

Logan Horn led the team in rebounding last season at 7.1 a game.

"We want to have fun and make the best of it," Logan Horn said.

Westland's lone all-league representative last season was graduate Skylar Allman, who led the team in scoring at 6.3 points a game and was honorable mention all-OCC-Central.

Junior Louise Kirk, a foreign exchange student from Denmark, is

expected to see time at forward and post.

Junior guard/forward Roza Tesliuc and sophomore forward/post player Ashley Haulter also are expected to contribute.

Freshman Christina Simpson has shown promise in the preseason and could contend for the starting point guard position.

Other freshmen looking for playing time on the varsity include guard/forward Celeste Lewis and forwards Tanesha Dixon and Rachelle Marcum.

Westland again will compete in the OCC-Central. Upper Arlington (13-1) won the title, finishing ahead of Dublin Coffman (10-4) and Hilliard Davidson (10-4). The Cougars were last in the eight-team division.

"It's hard division, teams are tough, but with the coaches this year, we have a better chance of competing," Logan Horn said. "We have to work as a team and play hard, and just have fun with it, but also be dedicated."