The Centennial High School girls basketball team followed up its first City League-North Division title by sharing the league championship with Northland last season.

The Centennial High School girls basketball team followed up its first City League-North Division title by sharing the league championship with Northland last season.

However, the Stars did not represent the City-North in the league championship game. The Vikings did and lost to City-South champion Africentric 60-46.

In the 2014-15 season, the Stars lost to Eastmoor Academy 44-43 in the City championship game.

Rather than talk about that type of long-term goal, sixth-year coach Darrin Green said his team will concentrate on smaller goals in hopes that will lead to big things down the road.

"We want to be fundamentally sound on offense and we want to be the best defensive team in the City (League)," said Green, whose team finished 16-6 overall last winter after losing to New Albany 59-35 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

It was the first Division I postseason for all of the players on the roster.

The Stars return six letterwinners, including seniors Jaleah Fair-Harris (5-foot-4, guard), Makenzie Green (5-5, guard), Sydney Moore (5-7, wing player), Brooke Spann (5-4, guard) and Jazilee Williams (5-9, forward). Makenzie Green and coach Green are not related.

Williams was second-team all-league last season after averaging 6.7 points and 6.5 rebounds. Moore averaged 4.6 points, followed by Spann (4.2), Fair-Harris (3.2) and Green (2.9).

The other returnee is 5-0 sophomore point guard Iyauna Bonner, who averaged 2.1 points.

Also on the roster are senior Heaven Walton (5-4, guard), junior Qiyje January-Stiger (5-6, wing player) and sophomores Morgan Lawson (5-5, guard) and Shamara Summerall (5-8, forward).

"We really don't have standouts on this team," coach Green said. "Everyone's role will be critical to our success. Without one piece, we will never be at our best. We've got 10 players and everyone on the roster will have a chance to impact our team success."

Centennial opens Saturday, Dec. 3, at Lakewood. While he expects to play all 10 on the roster, coach Green said he anticipates Bonner will start at point guard, with Williams and Summerall as forwards and Moore on the wing. Fair-Harris and Walton could be rotating starts at guard.

"We've got lots of small guards and plenty of team speed," coach Green said. "We want to have movement without the ball and read and react on offense. We will use various defensive schemes.

"To have success we will need to control the boards and box out. We also have to take care of the ball and execute plays."

The Stars, who begin City-North play Tuesday, Dec. 6, at home against International, lost two first-team all-league honorees to graduation in guard Akiya Brown (13.2 points) and wing player DeAuja Thompson (14.9 points, 4.8 rebounds).

Also lost to graduation was guard Alyssa Dean, a two-time all-state honoree who tore an ACL and did not play last season. Dean, who now is competing at the University of Memphis, averaged 21.5 points and 2.3 assists as a junior.

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Schedules

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Dec. 3 -- at Lakewood

*Dec. 6 -- vs. International

*Dec. 9 -- at Linden-McKinley

Dec. 10 -- at Africentric

*Dec. 13 -- vs. East

Dec. 14 -- vs. Zanesville Maysville

*Dec. 16 -- vs. Beechcroft

*Dec. 20 -- at Northland

Dec. 23 -- vs. Dublin Scioto

Dec. 27-28 -- Kemba Holiday Hoops Festival at West Chester Lakota West

*Jan. 6 -- vs. Whetstone

*Jan. 10 -- at Mifflin

*Jan. 13 -- at International

Jan. 14 -- vs. Watterson

*Jan. 17 -- vs. Linden-McKinley

*Jan. 20 -- at East

*Jan. 24 -- at Beechcroft

*Jan. 27 -- vs. Northland

*Jan. 31 -- at Whetstone

*Feb. 3 -- vs. Mifflin

*League contest

Below are the coming schedules for the Centennial bowling and swimming & diving teams:

BOWLING

*Dec. 5 -- Columbus Academy at HP Lanes

SWIMMING & DIVING

Dec. 3 -- Tri-meet at Columbus Aquatics Center

*League contest