The Wellington School girls basketball team learned last season that strength is not always found in numbers.

The Wellington School girls basketball team learned last season that strength is not always found in numbers.

Second-year coach Tysha Crump referred to the Jaguars as the "sensational six" after injuries reduced their roster to just six players at one point last season.

Despite a limited bench, Wellington had one of its most successful seasons, finishing 11-11.

The Jaguars defeated Worthington Christian 49-27 in the first round of the Division IV district tournament and upset fifth-seeded Danville 66-58 in the second round before losing to Harvest Prep 60-39 in a district semifinal. It was their deepest postseason run since the 2000-01 season when they lost to Worthington Christian 50-41 in a district semifinal.

"We learned to never give up," said 5-foot-9 senior forward Grace Korandovich, whose team opens Saturday at Columbus School for Girls. "We hadn't gone far in the tournament in a while. We tried really hard and had a great season. If you put your mind to it and know you're going to win, it's going to happen for you."

Wellington graduated five players from last season, including its two leading scorers in Kara Concheck, who averaged 10 points, and Colleen Durfee, who averaged nine points. Crump hopes the four players who received some playing time last year will have a big impact this season.

In addition to Korandovich, who averaged 7.0 points last season, the Jaguars returned junior point guard Aris Troy (5-3), sophomore guard Kayla Barton (5-3) and sophomore guard Helen Fite (5-4). Barton missed much of last season with a toe injury.

"This is going to be a rebuilding season for Wellington," Crump said. "We have just one senior coming back, but hopefully the younger girls will be able to learn a lot from Grace's leadership.

"The thing I remember about last year was how hard the team worked. They brought it all together at tournament time. I hope the girls learned that if they work hard, they can continue to be successful."

Also on the team are juniors Jordyn Esprit (5-6, guard), Sophia Knowles (5-9, forward), Paige Price (5-5, guard), sophomore Jalen Perkins (5-10, forward) and freshmen Donnette Cox (5-11, center), Nia Kaudo (5-0, guard), Mallory Tannous (5-6, forward) and Sarah Wakeman (5-4, guard).

Wellington's inexperience means Korandovich will have a different role than she had last year.

"I have to step up and be more of a leader than I have been in the past and give people direction," Korandovich said.

"When you have a young team, you have to understand that each player has their own unique abilities and personalities," Crump said. "It's not about a win-loss record this year. It's about learning. Hopefully, throughout the season, they're going to get better skill-wise."