Dublin Jerome High School girls basketball coach Matt Martin sees a lot of young players on his roster.

Dublin Jerome High School girls basketball coach Matt Martin sees a lot of young players on his roster.

But the fourth-year coach also sees a lot of talent, athleticism and potential.

"We have 20 players in the program and only five are upperclassmen," said Martin, whose team finished 9-13 last season after losing to 11th-seeded Olentangy Orange 54-41 in a second-round Division I district tournament game. "The girls are very talented, but young. They are young, athletic and still learning to compete at the varsity level."

The leading scorer back for the Celtics is sophomore Kaitlin Miller, who averaged 7.9 points per game last season. A 5-foot-11 point guard, Miller scored 9.1 per contest in her 11 games as a starter after 2010 graduate Lena DiBartolomeo suffered a season-ending ankle injury.

Senior guard Brooke Carrel (5-7) averaged 5.3 points per game with 13 3-pointers. Katie Vaughn, a 5-9 post player, is the other senior.

Lindsay Reiland, a 6-2 post player who averaged 4.3 points per game last season, leads a junior class that also includes guard/forward Allison Kessler (5-8) and guard Emily Moss (5-6).

The team's five sophomores are guard/forward Lindsay Agnew (5-8), post player Sarah Auker (5-10), guard/forward Kaitlin Beebe (5-7), guard Katherine McCoy (5-11) and Miller.

"We're experimenting with a lineup of Kaitlin Miller at the point with Brooke Carrel, Katherine McCoy, Sarah Auker and Lindsay Reiland, but that doesn't matter much," Martin said. "We are going to play an up-tempo game and we have discussed with the girls that everyone has to be ready to go every night.

"Everyone is going to get out there on the floor, but everyone also has to do their job when they get out there."

Last year, the Celtics had a 52-47 resume-building win over 12th-seeded Dublin Coffman in the opening round of district play. It was the program's first tournament victory since the school opened before the 2004-05 season and also was its first win over a Dublin sister school.

Martin said the win was important to the program, but only the first step in the Celtics' growth.

"I think that win (over Coffman) showed the kids that we have improved over the past couple of years, but it doesn't satisfy where we want to go," he said. "We want to be able to make a deeper run into the tournament. To do that, we need to be more consistent on both ends of the court. With a young team, that could be one of our major obstacles."

Jerome opens Dec. 3 with an OCC-Cardinal Division game at Westerville Central.

Last year, the Celtics finished sixth in the league at 4-10, behind co-champions Dublin Scioto and Olentangy, both at 11-3. Westerville South was third at 10-4, followed by Westerville North at 9-5 and Marysville at 6-8. Central was seventh at 3-11 and Olentangy Liberty last at 2-12.

"I think we should have some good teams in the league, but I think Olentangy and Westerville North are the two leaders in my book," Martin said. "They are two experienced squads who have good coaching staffs and I think that's who everyone will be gunning for."