Beechcroft will have a new look after losing eight players to graduation.

Beechcroft will have a new look after losing eight players to graduation.

The top returnee is sophomore Keelah Bohanan, who averaged 4.4 points to help the Cougars finish 12-9 overall for the second consecutive season.

Also back after seeing limited action are senior Tiara Woodfork and juniors Hailee Cannady and India McDougald.

Sophomores Dale-lyn Featherstone, Tivia Hylton, Ke'Azia Moseley and Oddyssey Riley and freshman Terika Broady also are expected to be key players.

Hylton is a 5-10 forward, Bohanan is 5-9 and Woodfork is 5-8. Broady is expected to be at point guard, with Cannady joining her in the backcourt.

"We're going to be very young this season," said Mike Fleming, who enters his sixth season as coach. "We should definitely have good overall team speed and our ball-handling may be a little better than last year. A lot of it is just building up the youth that we have. Everybody was with the program last year, except for the freshmen."

Last season, Beechcroft tied East and Mifflin for third in the City-North.

In the Division II postseason, the Cougars opened with a 51-41 win over Whitehall before losing to fifth-seeded Big Walnut 53-43.

TaRonna Neal, who averaged 17 points, led a 2011 senior class that also included Jasmine Smith (10.4 ppg), Jasmine Johnson (7.0 ppg), Ashlyn Shaw (6.1 ppg) and Kandace Jemison (4.6 ppg).

"We're just trying to get better and develop the young players," Fleming said. "With a lot of the girls, it's just getting them acclimated to the speed of varsity."

Symone Denham (22) is one of six senior returnees for Northland.