The Louisville (Ky.) duPont Manual High School girls basketball team may be young, but the Crimsons won't be in awe when playing in their first KeyBank Holiday Classic in Pickerington.

The Louisville (Ky.) duPont Manual High School girls basketball team may be young, but the Crimsons won't be in awe when playing in their first KeyBank Holiday Classic in Pickerington.

The Crimsons have just one senior in their top seven players, yet were ranked as Kentucky's top team by coaches around the state.

"We are very fast and have some great athletes," sixth-year coach Stacy Pendleton said. "We went 23-7 last year and lost in a Region 7 semifinal. We only lost one key player in Avery Jones, a 6-foot-1 center who is now playing for Tennessee State.

"But we've got four sophomores who I believe will play Division I college basketball and a freshman who is already receiving offers."

The freshman is 6-1 guard Kayla Styles, who has received offers from both Kentucky and Louisville.

"They don't come around like this one very often," Pendleton said. "She can play everywhere and is a fantastic defender. She'll average three-plus blocked shots per game. She's a terrific outside shooter with a lightning-quick first step."

Also having received college offers is 5-7 sophomore guard April Wilson. Purdue, Louisville and Xavier are some of the offers already received. UConn is also showing interest.

"She is a combo guard who averaged 8.8 points, 5.6 assists and 3.4 steals last season," Pendleton said. "We are looking to her to shoot the ball more from the perimeter this season. She is getting to the hole and finishing now with some athleticism and strength which she didn't do as well last year."

The lone senior on the roster is 6-2 post player Zhakiyah Shahid-Martin, who played behind Avery last year, averaging 4.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Martin scores well around the basket and can hit from 15 feet, Pendleton said.

Rounding out the expected starting lineup are junior forward Mechael Guess (5-10) and sophomore guard Kara Wright (5-10). Guess averaged 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds last season and Wright averaged 6.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 assists.

Pendleton called Guess his team's "true blue-collar player." He also said Wright is "long and athletic and finishes well in the lane, as she can rise up and shoot over anyone."

The Crimsons, who opened 3-1, also rotate starting lineups depending on the opponent. Part-time starters who will see plenty of action are 5-7 sophomore guards Lauren Bodine and LeAsia Wright. Bodine averaged 4.9 points and LeAsia Wright averaged 3.6 points and 1.6 steals.

"(Bodine) is a terrific shooter," Pendleton said. "She is one of our toughest perimeter players and has a lethal pull-up jumper on dribble drives. You can't play off of her. LeAsia is a jet-quick point guard that defenses will have a hard time staying in front of, plus she is a terrific on-ball defender who can lock down a good player."

The Crimsons play in the Lexington (Ky.) Catholic Holiday Classic on Dec. 18-22, a tournament they won last season.