This year marks another fresh start for the DeSales High School girls basketball team.

This year marks another fresh start for the DeSales High School girls basketball team.

The Stallions are on their fourth coach in five seasons as former boys assistant coach Brian Cromwell replaces one-year coach Hugo Quint.

Cromwell brings with him the same dribble-drive motion offense that helped the boys basketball team reach a state semifinal in 2009 and a regional final last year.

It's been a change, but the players seem to like the new way of doing things.

"I think the offense is going well because we're more of a dribble-kick team rather than a spot-up-shooter team," junior guard Tyler Craig said. "We're more of a fast-paced team and I think this offense fits us well."

Craig was one of the Stallions' top players last season, helping them win a Division II district championship. DeSales finished 16-9 overall after losing to Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 47-35 in a regional semifinal.

The Stallions were 8-2 in the CCL, behind Watterson (10-0) and ahead of Ready (6-4), Hartley (4-6), CSG (2-8) and Worthington Christian (0-10). DeSales is seeking its first league title since 2006-07.

In addition to scoring, DeSales also counted on Craig to shut down the opponent's best offensive players.

In the dribble-drive motion offense, the Stallions will look to create driving lanes and then pass the ball to open players when the defense reacts.

One of the players who stands to benefit from this style of offense is senior Maddie Lockhart, who was one of DeSales' most consistent scorers last season. Lockhart was able to score in an offense that didn't mind slowing the pace.

The one thing that the Stallions learned last season was how to win. They were seeded eighth for the district tournament and beat second-seeded Big Walnut 45-43 in a district semifinal before beating seventh-seeded Hilliard Bradley 47-43 in a district final.

It was DeSales' first district title in four seasons. The Stallions hadn't made it past a district semifinal in the two seasons under Chris Joseph, who was Quint's predecessor.

"I think that we went so far last year and now we know what we have to do," Lockhart said. "We have to play solid defense and good offense and have good shooting percentages all around."

With Craig and Lockhart helping to lead the way, the Stallions also will count on sophomore Miranda Johnson, who started earning more minutes last season after Craig was injured.

The Stallions also have some experience with seniors Lynnsee Doran, Amanda Herron, Kristina Hoying and Kim Parent.

Also on the team are juniors Kelsey Albanese, Jordan Barnett, Alexa Brown, McKenzie Cook and Ninamarie Powell, and sophomore Aubri Caslin.

"There's a bunch of keys for us, but the biggest thing is having guards that can get to the rim and score," Cromwell said.

"We have a good group of girls that will be the focus of our offense and we have good shooters that will be ready to make shots."

Schedule

Nov. 30 vs. Hilliard Bradley

Dec. 6 at Jonathan Alder

*Dec. 9 vs. Columbus School for Girls

Dec. 15 vs. North Union

*Dec. 18 at Watterson

Dec. 27 vs. Dublin Scioto

Dec. 29-30 at Centerburg tournament

*Jan. 5 vs. Hartley

Jan. 8 vs. Centennial

Jan. 12 at Logan Elm

*Jan. 15 vs. Hartley

*Jan. 19 vs. CSG

*Jan. 22 vs. Watterson

Jan. 26 at Granville

*Jan. 29 vs. Hartley

Feb. 1 at Elgin

Feb. 5 vs. Zanesville

*Feb. 9 vs. Ready

Feb. 12 vs. Chillicothe Unioto

*CCL game