The Columbus School for Girls basketball team enters the season with more questions than answers.

The Columbus School for Girls basketball team enters the season with more questions than answers.

The Unicorns finished 11-10 overall last season and 3-7 in the CCL to place fifth, behind Watterson (9-1), DeSales (8-2), Ready (6-4) and Hartley (4-6) and ahead of Worthington Christian (0-10).

CSG defeated Centerburg 44-41 on a last-second 3-point shot by Clare Connor in the first round of the Division III district tournament before losing to Ready 60-46 in the second round.

Not only did the Unicorns lose three starters to graduation in Connor, Karmell Brown and Maggie Zelasko, but they already are dealing with injuries.

Junior guard Enri Small tore both the ACL and MCL in her left knee late last season and is expected to be sidelined until January, and junior forward Ellen Haenszel is expected to be out until mid-December with an unspecified knee injury.

"Right now things aren't looking too good," coach Shannon Wallace said. "I've got some girls out with injuries. Enri is still trying to get some strength back in her knee. Ellen hurt her knee in soccer and, though she doesn't need surgery, she does need to rest it. Those two along with (sophomore forward) Jacqueline (Carroll) and (junior guard) Imani (Caldwell) would be four of our starters. The fifth spot, I told the girls, is up for grabs right now."

Caldwell, who split time between junior varsity and varsity last season, and Carroll are being counted on to play even bigger roles until Small and Haenszel return.

"She can shoot the daylights out of the ball, she plays good defense and she's been driving to the basket more," Wallace said of Caldwell.

Carroll saw a lot of playing time last season despite being a freshman.

"Jacqueline is 6 feet tall, so we'll have a nice inside presence with her, but she can make shots from outside as well," Wallace said.

Rounding out the team are juniors Leah Didlick (forward), Taylor LaFollette (wing), Neveen Murib (post player), Sammy Ramey (post player) and Amaris Winbush (post player), sophomores Rosie Connor (guard), Erica Grey (forward), Jamilla Holland (guard) and Jordan Nielsen (post player) and freshmen Krystina Garabis (guard), Ashley Harris (wing) and Wafaa Jallag (post player).

There are no seniors on the roster.

"Right now, we're kind of young and we just want to get a feel for the competition and everything," Small said.

"Next year will probably be our year, so we're looking to just get better this year."

CSG opens Saturday at Wellington and plays Tuesday at Fairbanks. It opens league play on Dec. 12 at home against DeSales.

"I think we'll be a better team by (the second half of the season)," Small said. "Right now, we're just starting out and getting a feel for everybody, and what our strengths and weaknesses are, so we'll see what everybody has and go with it."

"I think it could be a rough year for us, but I also definitely think we'll see more success in the second half of the season than the first half."

Schedule

Nov. 28 at Wellington

Dec. 1 at Fairbanks

Dec. 3 vs. Grandview

Dec. 10 at Grove City Christian

*Dec. 12 vs. DeSales

*Dec. 19 at Worthington Christian

Jan. 2 vs. North Union

*Jan. 6 vs. Watterson

*Jan. 9 at Ready

Jan. 12 at Shekinah Christian

Jan. 14 vs. Gilead Christian

*Jan. 16 at Hartley

*Jan. 20 at DeSales

Jan. 22 vs. Grove City Christian at Wellington Tournament

Jan. 23 vs. TBD at Wellington Tournament

Jan. 26 at Berne Union

*Jan. 30 at Watterson

Feb. 4 vs. Gahanna Christian Academy

*Feb. 6 vs. Ready

*Feb. 10 vs. Hartley

*CCL game