Jim Kloepfer has a big task ahead with the Westerville North High School girls basketball team.

Jim Kloepfer has a big task ahead with the Westerville North High School girls basketball team.

As he enters his ninth season, Kloepfer will have to replace the majority of his team's production from last year with a group that has limited varsity experience.

The Warriors lost more than 36 points per game from a team that finished 15-7 overall after losing to Dublin Coffman 65-49 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

North's top returning scorer would have been senior wing player Ellie Vosler, but her 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds were lost after she suffered a concussion during the Division I district girls volleyball tournament last month.

"We're really inexperienced, losing 85 percent of our production from last season," Kloepfer said. "But I do think we have the quickest team we've had since I have been coaching here."

Junior point guard Breyonia Hearn (5-foot-4) is the most experienced player returning. She averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 assists per game last season.

The Warriors have two seniors in 5-10 post player Alex Brooker and 5-8 wing player Maddy Roseberry. Juniors include 5-7 wing player Gabrielle Pace and 5-7 guard Christen Thomas, and 5-7 wing player Kelsey Walker is a sophomore.

"We have two good leaders in Maddy and Alex, and we look for good leadership from Breyonia at point guard and we'll need her to score more," Kloepfer said. "Gabby and Christen got some varsity experience for us and Kelsey is a really hard-working player."

Freshmen include 5-5 guard Hannah Ferguson, 5-6 guard Anna Gibbs, 5-9 wing player Devin Jackson and 5-8 wing player Symone Simmons.

"The big thing this year is that we have so many freshmen," Roseberry said. "I need to try to bridge the gap between the freshmen and the players from last year."

North finished third in the OCC-Cardinal Division last winter at 9-5, behind Olentangy (12-2), Dublin Scioto (10-4), Dublin Jerome and Westerville Central (both 7-7), Westerville South (5-9) and Olentangy Liberty and Marysville (both 3-11).

"We have some young kids who are going to see their first varsity action this year," Kloepfer said. "They are excited to play basketball and they have played a lot of basketball over the summer and have worked hard to reach this level."

Kloepfer plans to make sure the Warriors use their speed to push the ball up the court.

"We plan to play an up-tempo game as much as possible to take full advantage of our team speed," he said. "That will be important to helping the girls get acclimated to varsity basketball."