A year ago, the members of the Hilliard Bradley High School girls basketball team were attending school in various parts of western Franklin County.

A year ago, the members of the Hilliard Bradley High School girls basketball team were attending school in various parts of western Franklin County.

The 19 players in the program in Bradley's inaugural year have come from a total of eight schools, including Darby, Ready, Westland and Grove City. Most played basketball last year, but some did not.

Coach Kathy Lindsey said she doesn't believe the Jaguars will be lacking for talent, as many first-year programs are, but the challenge will be integrating such diverse players into a new system.

"Obviously, we have to work on everything, from scratch," Lindsey said. "That's been probably the toughest part. But the girls have been great. They're hard workers, they're all eager to learn. They want to learn and they want to get better."

Lindsey wasn't sure what the chemistry would be like with players coming from far and wide, but players and coaches said they have bonded quickly. On the court, they are still gaining familiarity with each other's styles.

"The first couple scrimmages, since we haven't played together, it was weird," junior Bailey Pierron said. "But we're starting to bond as a team."

The Jaguars will compete in the OCC-Capital Division, which now has eight teams with the re-institution of sports in the South Western City Schools. Last season, Delaware won the league title at 12-0, followed by New Albany (9-3), Big Walnut (8-4), Mount Vernon (7-5), Olentangy Orange (4-8), Franklin Heights (1-11) and Watkins Memorial (1-11).

Lindsey said the Jaguars will rely on their athleticism to push the tempo on both ends of the floor.

Typically, she expects to use three guards and two posts, although the Jaguars have experimented with a four-guard set to use in particular situations.

With no go-to scorer in the lineup, shot selection will be critical for Bradley's offense.

"Every time we're on offense, we have to be patient and try to get the best shot we can, instead of forcing things," junior Kellie Roudabush said.

As the half-court offense develops, Lindsey said the Jaguars' defense needs to force turnovers and create scoring opportunities on the other end.

Bradley has significant depth at guard. Juniors Pierron, Roudabush and Dani Dunnigan and sophomores Katie Lindsey, Caitlyn Cote and Brooke Espenscheid all are expected to contribute. Pierron, Lindsey and Espenscheid will primarily play point guard. Pierron lettered at Ready last season and Espenscheid lettered at Grove City.

In the post, Lindsey said she expects contributions from juniors Ellen Conti (6-foot), Haley Benson (6-3) and Caitlin Rudolph (5-8) and sophomore Jasmine Junkins (5-10). Conti lettered at Grove City last season and Jasmine Junkins lettered at Westland.

Freshman guard Anna Conti and freshman post player Amanda Fodor will play on both the varsity and junior varsity this season.

At a glance

•Coach: Kathy Lindsey, first season

•Opener: Saturday at Teays Valley

•Key players: Ellen Conti, Brooke Espenscheid, Jasmine Junkins, Bailey Pierron and Kellie Roudabush


Nov. 28 at Teays Valley

Dec. 1 vs. Whitehall

*Dec. 4 vs. Watkins Memorial

*Dec. 8 at New Albany

*Dec. 11 vs. Franklin Heights

*Dec. 18 vs. Big Walnut

*Dec. 22 at Mount Vernon

*Jan. 5 at Delaware

*Jan. 8 vs. Olentangy Orange

Jan. 13 vs. Jonathan Alder

*Jan. 15 at Watkins Memorial

Jan. 16 vs. Westerville South

*Jan. 22 vs. New Albany

Jan. 23 at Fairbanks

*Jan. 26 at Franklin Heights

*Jan. 29 at Big Walnut

*Feb. 2 vs. Mount Vernon

*Feb. 5 vs. Delaware

Feb. 9 at Westerville Central

*Feb. 12 at Olentangy Orange

*OCC-Capital Division