The Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball team enters the season with a fresh look.

The Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball team enters the season with a fresh look.

With just two seniors and one junior, the Wildcats feature a young roster that includes four sophomores and three freshmen.

Davidson opens Thursday, Dec. 1, at Watterson and tips off OCC-Central Division play Tuesday, Dec. 6, at home against Marysville.

"It's nice to have youth and kids who are excited about basketball," seventh-year coach Joy Taylor said. "These guys are excited to play and learn and they're working hard. The youth is refreshing, and having positive leadership from the senior level is really important for us."

The Wildcats have returned four players, including 5-foot-5 senior guards Morgan Coleman and Alayna Daniels. Last season, Daniels averaged 4.1 points and Coleman averaged 3.6.

"We're really young, but everyone is a lot more close and we're pretty experienced for how young we are, and that's a strong point," Daniels said. "We have a lot more team chemistry."

Also back are 5-10 sophomore guard Emily Simon, who averaged 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists and was named second-team all-league last season, and 5-10 junior forward Allie Klein, who averaged 4.7 points.

"We really want to have a winning season and make it past the first round of the playoffs," Coleman said. "We haven't done that in a while, so that's a big goal."

Last season, Davidson finished 7-16 overall and went 6-8 in the OCC-Central to finish fifth behind co-champions Dublin Coffman and Olentangy Liberty (both 12-2). Liberty is now in the OCC-Buckeye.

The Wildcats lost to Coffman 61-46 in the first round of the Division I district tournament a year ago.

"Our goal is to do better than we did last year and obviously work hard every game even if the outcome isn't what we want it to be," Daniels said. "I want everyone to have a fun year. I want to win a lot of games, have teamwork and have everyone get along and have good chemistry to make it a fun year for us."

Also looking to contribute are sophomores Jadah Dixon (5-6, guard), Audrey Kaufman (5-10, forward) and Gabby Read (6-0, forward) and freshmen Ellie Brorein (5-10, forward), Sydney Petersen (5-2, guard) and Alivia Wile (5-6, guard). All six are new to varsity.

"These girls are really coachable, they're smart, they know the game, they have high basketball IQs and we're looking for them to really contribute," Taylor said.

Davidson lost five players from a year ago to graduation, including guard Baylee Lawson and guard/forward Maddie Oakley.

Lawson averaged 10.3 points and was special mention all-league and honorable mention all-district last season, while Oakley averaged 5.8 points and 6.8 rebounds and was honorable mention all-league.

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Schedules

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Dec. 1 -- at Watterson

*Dec. 6 -- vs. Marysville

*Dec. 8 -- vs. Dublin Coffman

Dec. 10 -- at Bradley

Dec. 13 -- at Pickerington North

*Dec. 16 -- at Upper Arlington

Dec. 20 -- vs. Lancaster

Dec. 28 -- vs. Amanda Clearcreek in Jeff Sheets Holiday Classic at Teays Valley

Jan. 3 -- at Olentangy Orange

*Jan. 6 -- at Central Crossing

Jan. 7 -- vs. Darby

Jan. 10 -- at Olentangy Liberty

*Jan. 13 -- vs. Westland

Jan. 17 -- at Grove City

*Jan. 20 -- at Marysville

Jan. 24 -- vs. Olentangy

*Jan. 27 -- at Dublin Coffman

Jan. 31 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne

*Feb. 3 -- vs. Upper Arlington

*Feb. 7 -- vs. Central Crossing

*Feb. 10 -- at Westland

Feb. 14 -- vs. Walnut Ridge

*League contest

Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson boys basketball, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Dec. 5 -- Home vs. Licking Heights

GYMNASTICS

Dec. 7 -- At Bradley

SWIMMING & DIVING

Dec. 3 -- Grove City at Hilliard YMCA

WRESTLING

Dec. 3 -- Olentangy Invitational