The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys basketball team averaged only 48.4 points last season en route to finishing 8-13 overall.

The Worthington Kilbourne High School boys basketball team averaged only 48.4 points last season en route to finishing 8-13 overall.

But after the Wolves averaged 16 points a quarter through their first three scrimmages, 12th-year coach Tom Souder couldn't help but feel optimistic heading the 2011-12 season.

Kilbourne opens Saturday, Dec. 3, at home against Dublin Scioto before playing host to Hilliard Darby on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in its OCC-Central Division opener.

"It's been a long time since we've been able to score like this," Souder said. "We averaged 48 points and gave up an average of 51 points last season. If we can continue to score the way we've been scoring in our scrimmages and then play defense as well as we did last year, we'll be in good shape.

"We have a lot of different guys who are scoring in a lot of different ways and we need to make a habit of that, because we don't have a dominant post scorer or someone who can score 20 points a night."

The Wolves feature a fourth-year starter at point guard in 6-foot senior Brian Hanks, who averaged 6.1 points last season.

Senior wing players Conor Dahn (6-4) and Adam Hren (6-2) and senior guard Jeremie Nsumbu (6-0) also started multiple games a year ago.

Last season, Dahn averaged 8.4 points and Nsumbu averaged three points.

Junior Tyler Stern-Tucker (6-6) will start at center but also is capable of playing on the wing.

Also on the team are senior guard Ryan Pritchett (6-0), senior wing players Conor Flaherty (6-1), Scott Grosh (6-3) and Josh Lawrence (6-0), junior wing players Ryan Adolph (6-3) and Jared Kortsen (6-1) and sophomore guard Seth Hill (5-9).

"We've got a lot of guys who can handle the ball and we have a lot more scorers than we've had in the past," Hanks said. "We have as much talent as we've had since I've been here, and we're all blending together better than we have in the past."

The Wolves are coming off an up-and-down season in which they won five of their first nine games, including four consecutive wins for the first time in program history.

But Kilbourne lost nine of its last 12 games, including a 57-43 loss to Newark in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

The Wolves finished 5-9 in the OCC-Central last season to tie Darby for fifth, behind co-champions Dublin Coffman (13-1) and Upper Arlington (13-1), Thomas Worthington (9-5) and Hilliard Davidson (7-7), and ahead of Central Crossing (2-12) and Westland (2-12).

"In the OCC, Dublin Coffman, Upper Arlington, Hilliard Davidson and Thomas are looking good, too, so we need to win our home games and steal a couple of wins on the road to stay in contention," Souder said.

"I like how we're playing on the offensive end, and we need to get after it the same way on defense. We have to find 10 guys who will guard well, half court and full court, to become the kind of team we want to be."