The Westerville Central High School girls basketball team will have a new look.

The Westerville Central High School girls basketball team will have a new look.

For starters, the Warhawks, who will open Saturday at home against Jonathan Alder, have a new coach as Doug Etgen has replaced Andy Jados. Etgen previously coached in the boys basketball program at Central.

Last season, the Warhawks set a program record for wins, finishing 17-6 overall and 8-2 in the OCC-Central Division behind only Pickerington North (10-0).

The roster also will have a different look, as the Warhawks lost several key players to graduation. Gone are Maxine Ohakim, Talisha Hodge, Annie-Rae Dura, Amber Ray and Kelley Westervelt.

Ohakim, a freshman at Ohio University, was first-team all-OCC-Central and third-team all-district in Division I. Hodge was second-team all-OCC and honorable mention all-district.

Also gone is senior Dara Toman, who has opted not to play basketball as she has decided to concentrate on softball. Toman, who has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Cleveland State, last year averaged 10.0 points and was first-team all-OCC and honorable mention all-district.

Forward Jessica Wooden (5-foot-11) is the lone senior on the team. Wooden's preseason has been hampered by a nagging lower back injury, but Etgen expects her to be ready for the opener.

Sophomore guard Alyson Jurcenko (5-7) is the other returning letterwinner.

"It's going to be a challenge because we don't have a lot of varsity experience," Etgen said. "We had a successful freshmen team last year. We're going to call on some of the sophomores to play a lot of varsity minutes. Obviously, it's a big jump from freshmen to varsity."

Also on the team are juniors Molly Boatz (6-0 post player), Jasmyn Church (5-1 guard), Allison Coppens (5-11 forward/post player), Natasha Hetterscheidt (5-9 forward) and Kate Lyles (5-10 forward/post player) and sophomores Rachel Dolby (5-10 forward), Tiana Overton (5-4 guard), Bri Pond (5-6 guard) and Tabby Walker (5-3 guard).

"The team is very receptive to coaching, which is very encouraging," Etgen said. "They want to learn. They're eager to listen and to be coached, which for them is going to be extremely important. Eventually this season we will have a good defensive team. It may not be right away, but that's our goal. Jessica is probably our primary scorer at this point. The big thing is who is going to emerge as that second scorer behind Jessica. That's going to be a big question mark."

The Warhawks will compete in the OCC-Central with Westerville South, Westerville North, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Marysville, Olentangy and Olentangy Liberty.

"Our objective is to just keep improving scrimmage to scrimmage, practice to practice, game to game," Etgen said.

"Me being the new coach, we're kind of at the ground floor of what we'll probably look like in January. There's a lot of patience and a lot of repetitions at this point."

At a glance

•Coach: Doug Etgen, first season

•Opener: Saturday vs. Jonathan Alder

•Key returnees: Alyson Jurcenko and Jessica Wooden