For Whitehall-Yearling High School girls basketball coach Darrin Green, his biggest challenge during the preseason was attempting to mesh a group that features several new players.

The Rams finished 1-22 overall a year ago in Green's first season.

"There are a bunch of new kids," he said.

"We have three move-ins and two freshmen. We're trying to get them to do some more things, but we have a lot of work to do. It's a new challenge because there are so many different pieces. We're trying to find out which pieces work with each other."

Whitehall opened with a 46-34 win at Amanda-Clearcreek on Nov. 24 and begins MSL-Ohio Division play Saturday, Dec. 1, at Bexley. Last season, the Rams went 0-10 in the league to finish sixth behind champion Bexley (9-1).

Although the Rams have a new look, they return their top player from last season in 5-foot-7 junior guard Kiara Bagley, who was named second-team all-league.

"I'm ready for the season," said Bagley, who scored 21 points against Amanda-Clearcreek.

"We've been working since summer. We're ready for it. Our goal is to start working as a team. We want to get closer together than we were last year because we weren't close at all."

Also back is 5-4 sophomore guard Desira Henderson, who was honorable mention all-league.

Other returnees are senior Makhia Hinton (5-7, forward) and juniors Liana Betts (5-9, forward), A'Nyah Jones (5-6, wing player) and Izzy Simmons (5-5, guard).

The Rams have added three transfers in junior Londen Coleman (5-8, forward) from Reynoldsburg, junior Kari Gullick (5-6, guard) from Eastmoor Academy and sophomore Jewel Watkins (5-9, wing player) from Gahanna Christian.

Other players are senior Shawntavia Crane (5-9, forward), junior Sahlena Harvey (5-0, guard), sophomores Mackenzie Schmittauer (5-2, guard) and Ry'yair Smith (5-4, guard) and freshmen Kayla Bagley (5-7, forward) and Brooklynn Greer (5-1, guard).

Kiara and Kayla Bagley are sisters.

"There's a lot to figure out," Green said.

"We're going to take our time, but they have to want to play hard at all times. That's the only way I can get it to work. They have to play hard with energy at all times. We've played like that. It's going to be a slow process and once we figure it out we'll start rolling."

Last season, the Rams defeated Hamilton Township 40-29 for their lone win.

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Schedules

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Nov. 24 -- at Amanda-Clearcreek

Nov. 27 -- vs. Licking Valley

Nov. 30 -- vs. Independence

*Dec. 1 -- at Bexley

Dec. 4 -- at Bloom-Carroll

Dec. 10 -- at Lakewood

*Dec. 15 -- vs. Grandview

Dec. 19 -- at Wellington

*Dec. 21 -- at Worthington Christian

*Jan. 5 -- at Columbus Academy

Jan. 7 -- vs. Hartley

*Jan. 11 -- vs. Bexley

Jan. 15 -- at Groveport

Jan. 17 -- at Heath

Jan. 19 -- at Beechcroft

Jan. 22 -- vs. West Jefferson

Jan. 29 -- vs. Central Crossing

*Jan. 31 -- at Grandview

*Feb. 2 -- vs. Worthington Christian

Feb. 5 -- vs. Dayton Dunbar

*Feb. 8 -- vs. Columbus Academy

*League contest

Below are the coming schedules for the Whitehall-Yearling boys basketball and bowling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Dec. 1 -- Dayton Dunbar in All-Ohio Showcase at Gahanna

Dec. 4 -- At Independence

BOWLING

Dec. 1 -- Red and Blue Classic at HP Lanes