The Ready High School girls basketball team doesn't have a clear go-to player as in the past.

The Ready High School girls basketball team doesn't have a clear go-to player as in the past.

In 2007 graduate Ashley Lutz led the Silver Knights to Division III district titles in 2006 and '07. Ready also doesn't have a post player as good as when it won a district championship in 2000 behind Becky Richter.

What the Silver Knights possess is a lot of players capable of contributing -- so much so that coach Joe Lang can't remember a previous Ready team that entered the season with so much versatility.

"I've had better players at individual slots before, but this is probably the best overall quality team I've had in terms of depth," said Lang, who enters his 28th season. "I'm pretty pleased. I've told some people that I've been impressed with the intensity the kids have been bringing to practice so far. Because they're such a veteran group, they're not executing the way that I thought we would, but it's coming along."

Ready should learn quickly how much it has progressed after going 10-13 overall and finishing third at 5-5 in the CCL a year ago.

The Silver Knights open Saturday with a home game against with Division III-power Marion Pleasant and play host Tuesday to Grove City. Ready lost to the Greyhounds 55-39 in the first round of the Lady Viking Holiday Classic at Teays Valley last year before beating Jonathan Alder 58-43 in the consolation game.

The top returnee and lone senior is Christina Bisutti (5-foot-6), who averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists, made 61 3-pointers.

She made honorable mention all-district along with 2008 graduate Jenna McAndrew (7.5 points).

The others graduation losses were post players Dani Loe (5.6 points) and Lindsay Riggs (4.1 points), but 6-0 junior Taylor Riggs (3.6 points) and 5-10 junior Alyssa Zag (5.0 points) appear ready to step into bigger roles down low.

Battling for playing time at small forward throughout the preseason were juniors Mandy Lane (3.4 points) and Katie Wiemerskirch and sophomore Bailey Pierron, both of whom are 5-7.

Junior Courtney Neff is back at point guard after averaging 5.3 points and making six 3-pointers.

Junior Heather Manning, who is quick and should see significant time in the backcourt, has been out with a broken wrist she suffered playing soccer but is expected to be cleared for basketball soon.

Sophomore Dani Pugh (5-7) is another who could contribute at several positions.

"Our team last year was really young and inexperienced," Bisutti said.

"We had a really great summer this year and we only lost two starters. Taylor Riggs and Alyssa Zag are both juniors and both have gotten a lot stronger. Everybody knows their role, which is what I think makes us hard to guard."

Ready opened the Division III district tournament last year with wins over Fairbanks 61-56 and Heath 63-42 before falling to Newark Catholic 46-40 in a district semifinal.

The Silver Knights had lost to the Green Wave 73-47 just two weeks before that in the regular season.

Watterson won the CCL at 10-0, beating Ready 69-40 and 50-42, and DeSales was second at 7-3. Worthington Christian (4-6) and Hartley and Columbus School for Girls (2-8) rounded out the standings.

"I think we have the ability to be good this year," Lang said.

"Watterson and DeSales will obviously be the favorites in our league, but I think we have the ability to battle for a district championship."