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.
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
Below are the coming schedules for the Whitehall-Yearling boys basketball and bowling teams:
Dec. 1 -- Dayton Dunbar in All-Ohio Showcase at Gahanna
Dec. 4 -- At Independence
Dec. 1 -- Red and Blue Classic at HP Lanes