The Northridge High School girls basketball team has a new coach and a new attitude as the Vikings try to reverse a losing trend from the past few seasons.

The Northridge High School girls basketball team has a new coach and a new attitude as the Vikings try to reverse a losing trend from the past few seasons.

Ashley Holmberg takes over as coach for Ron Florey, who led the team for three seasons before taking the same position at Olentangy Liberty. The Vikings, who had a first-round bye, finished 3-18 overall last season following a 50-35 loss to Pleasant in the second round of the Division III district tournament.

"This is my first varsity job and it's been very interesting so far, sometimes overwhelming," said Holmberg, who has been an assistant coach at several

stops including with Connie Allen at Johnstown-Monroe. "But I'm learning something new every day, and we have a wonderful group of girls with a great attitude."

Her transition will be made easier by the return of four starters and a senior-laden roster, which includes 6-foot-2 senior Keilah Ketron.

Ketron led the team in points (9.1 a game), rebounds (7.6) and blocks (4.2). She also had 1.5 assists per game and was named second-team all-District 11 and all-league and was honorable mention all-Central District.

"I would like Kei to be much more aggressive," Holmberg said. "She needs to become an aggressive force for us on the inside."

Also back are three seniors in 5-6 guard Kelsey Garrabrant, 5-5 guard Kaela Hatfield and 5-2 point guard Shannon Woosley, as well as juniors Lauren Cornwell (5-7, guard), Sierra Fronk (5-11, forward), Macie Hatten (5-2, guard), Maddie Hess (5-7, forward) and Jessica Holbrook (5-11, forward). Rounding out the varsity are junior forward Sarah Grindle (5-8), sophomore forward Lydia George (5-11) and freshman guard Sara Pribonic (5-6).

"We have a lot of senior experience, and the girls are ready to step up and take a lot more responsibility on the court," Holmberg said. "We have 17 girls in the program and 12 play on varsity, so I guess we have pretty decent depth."

Woosley had hip surgery after last season and has been having lingering effects from the procedure. Her backup is Cornwell, who also plays shooting guard and small forward.

"I like Lauren's aggressiveness, and she can play any spot on the floor," Holmberg said. "Kelsey Garrabrant has really worked on her perimeter shot and has the green light to shoot."

The three-guard lineup will also see a rotation of Fronk, Hatfield, Hess and Pribonic.

The Vikings finished last of eight teams in the MBC last season at 1-13 behind Loudonville (13-1), Utica (13-1), Centerburg (9-5), Danville (6-8), Fredericktown (5-9), Johnstown (5-9) and East Knox (4-10).

"The thing we need to work on is confidence," Holmberg said. "They have just been beaten down for so long."

Northridge will open Dec. 2 with a league game at Fredericktown.

"If we can just get through the Fredericktown game, the schedule is such that they have a chance to be successful," said assistant coach Elbert Holmberg, Ashley's father. "That might give them a chance to build their confidence."

•The baseball team has a new coach in Dr. Jeff Wilson, a podiatrist who led the middle school program the last three seasons.

Wilson replaces Chris Hatten, who was 16-30 in two seasons. Last spring, the Vikings were 5-10 overall and finished seventh in the MBC at 3-11 behind champion Fredericktown at 13-1.