After a strong first season, the Hilliard Bradley High School girls basketball team is geared up for an even more productive second year behind four returning starters.

After a strong first season, the Hilliard Bradley High School girls basketball team is geared up for an even more productive second year behind four returning starters.

The Jaguars finished 13-10 last year after a solid postseason run that ended with a 47-43 loss to DeSales in a Division II district championship game.

"We have the pieces and parts to have a real good season," coach Kathy Lindsey said. "We just have to keep working hard to put those pieces together. I'm excited and have been during the whole offseason. We had a good summer. The commitment was there. We worked on weights and shooting, we traveled and we had a good team camp. The participation was great."

Although Lindsey had not decided on a starting lineup by last weekend, the four starters who are returning from last season are senior Kellie Roudabush, senior Bailey Pierron junior Katie Lindsey and junior Brooke Espenschied.

Roudabush, who will play all positions except point guard, was honorable mention all-district last season and second-team all-OCC-Capital.

Roudabush, Pierron and Espenschied all averaged between 9.3 and 11.3 points a year ago. Pierron, a guard, was special mention all-league and Espenschied, a guard, was honorable mention.

Katie Lindsey, the coach's daughter, is a point guard who needs to have a solid season for things to fall into place for the undersized Jaguars.

"We need our point guard to have a good season, dictate the tempo and make decisions on the break," coach Lindsey said. "We've got some good perimeter shooters in Pierron, Espenschied and (senior Danielle) Dunnagan.

"We need to get production from all of them, although we don't necessarily have to have all of them shooting lights-out every game. Roudabush, of course, is our jack of all trades and can make big plays at any position."

The only starter not returning is senior Ellen Conti, who returned to Grove City this year. Conti, a center, was third-team all-district and second-team all-league after averaging 11.0 points.

Junior Jasmine Junkins, a 5-foot-10 letterwinner, is expected to take over in the post.

"Jasmine has been working hard to improve her game and give us some production inside," coach Lindsey said. "She's also getting better at passing back outside to give us that good inside-outside action."

Other letterwinners back include Dunnagan and junior wing player Caitlyn Cote.

The Jaguars' roster also includes junior wing player Jenna Seagle and junior post player Sydney Vanhoose, as well as sophomore post player Amanda Fodor and sophomore guard Feaira Crews.

Seagle was a part-time starter at Darby last season.

Bradley is hoping for a better league showing this season after tying for fourth place with Mount Vernon at 5-5 a year ago. New Albany (13-1), Big Walnut (12-2) and Olentangy Orange (10-4) took the top three spots.

Delaware (5-9), Watkins Memorial (2-12) and Franklin Heights (0-14) rounded out the standings.

"Winning our division of the OCC, against stiff competition, is definitely a goal," coach Lindsey said. "We also want to do a nice job in the postseason like last season. In order to do that, we have to improve over the course of the season to put ourselves in good position for a postseason run."

Because of a lack of size, the Jaguars will look to take advantage of their speed and numerous guards.

"We need to use our advantage in speed and guard play to produce transition buckets, not just layups off turnovers, but also getting the ball in scoring position before the big defenders can get back," coach Lindsey said. "We need to run good motion on offense, share the ball and have decent patience when we don't have numbers. If we don't have a good shot after the first two or three passes, we need to run the offense and make our opponents play defense for a while. That will make our transition game even better in the fourth quarter."

Another way to take advantage of its speed and guard depth is to play strong defensively and rotate players in and out of the game. So that's the plan for Bradley.

"We need to play aggressive team defense and swarm the ball," coach Lindsey said. "We need to have strong help defense in the post and be able to recover.

"We have to be able to rebound against taller teams, which is an area where we did pretty well last season. We can't let up on defense, because that leads to being out of position for rebounding and we can't afford to give up easy points on putbacks."