The members of the New Albany High School girls basketball program have a feeling that this season could be something special.

The members of the New Albany High School girls basketball program have a feeling that this season could be something special.

Although there are no seniors on the roster, the Eagles feature an experienced junior class that includes Kyasia Duling, a move-in from Licking Heights who is considering several Division I scholarship offers.

The Eagles played for a Division I district title in 2010, losing to Pickerington North 68-56, and last season finished 12-9 overall and 10-4 in the OCC-Capital Division.

"I feel like this team has a lot of potential," said junior Hannah Scipio, in her third season as the starting point guard. "We have a lot of experience from last year and we have some new players that have stepped up. We have a lot to learn still, but we can be really good."

Scipio, who has made a verbal commitment to the University of Akron, guided New Albany to a third-place finish in the OCC-Capital last year before the Eagles were ousted in the first round of the district tournament with a 40-33 loss to Dublin Jerome.

Over the years, New Albany has relied on its guard play, but this season the Eagles figure to be more balanced. One reason is the addition of the 6-foot-3 Duling, who should give the Eagles an inside presence they've lacked in the past.

Making that matchup more difficult for opponents is that New Albany also starts 6-0 Emily Rowling at the other forward spot. Rowling was a major contributor last season, splitting time in the starting lineup with junior Cheyenne Hartley-Carr (5-8). Junior guard Chrissy Harris (5-6) will start again this season.

Junior Meghan Jayes returns after not playing as a sophomore. The 6-0 forward is expected to provide the Eagles with depth in the frontcourt. Sophomore Kaitlyn Gliha (5-7) played at Dresden Tri-Valley last season and is expected to receive significant minutes this season as a perimeter player.

The Eagles also have sophomores Jackie Drago (5-5), Abbie Skowron (5-4) and Ally Vendetti (5-7), as well as freshmen Taylor Snook (5-9) and Kyra Zuiderweg (5-10).

"The sky is the limit for this team," fifth-year coach Jamie Puryear said. "It's going to take this team a good month to get used to each other, but they practice extremely hard. These are very intelligent and very smart kids. We're running a whole bunch of different offenses that these kids are still learning."

After winning the league title in 2009-10, the Eagles finished last season behind Olentangy Orange (13-1) and Hilliard Bradley (12-2) and ahead of Big Walnut (9-5), Delaware (6-8), Mount Vernon (3-11), Watkins Memorial (3-11) and Franklin Heights (0-14).

New Albany opens Saturday, Nov. 26, at Teays Valley. The Eagles begin their OCC-Capital schedule at Mount Vernon on Dec. 2.