The Central Crossing High School girls basketball team will be facing the same obstacle every time it takes the court this season.
The Comets have just one player who is taller than 5-foot-7, although third-year coach Michal Cheney believes her team has the quickness and perimeter play needed to overcome its lack of size.
"We don't have a lot of height, but what we do have is we're fast and we have some experience at the guard level," said Cheney, whose team finished 7-16 overall last season and placed fifth (2-8) in the OCC-Central Division behind champion Dublin Coffman (10-0). "We're fast, and we're going capitalize on that."
Junior guard Haley Cox, who is 5-5 and started in her first two seasons in the program, averaged a team-best 17.2 points last winter and was named honorable mention all-district in Division I and second-team all-league.
"So far it's going well, and I think we will have a better team than last year," Cox said. "We're not as (tall) as we were last year, and we don't have any true post players, but we're really fast and can run the floor. We really put more hustle in it than anything. We can run the court and we're going to score no matter what."
Senior Kennedy Edwards is back for her fourth season at point guard, and that experience will be essential to the success of the Comets' offense.
"Things are going pretty well and we have a lot of talent back," said Edwards, who is 5-3. "It's going to be hard going against the bigger teams, but our speed helps us."
Senior Abriana Mann (5-7) is a returning starter at forward.
Senior post player Estefani Nunez-Ortega is the tallest player at 6-3, but has not seen much time at the varsity level.
There will be times when the Comets play five guards at once.
"The girls that play in the post aren't true post players because they aren't really posting up," said Cheney, whose team opened Nov. 27 against Delaware. "We're doing flex-screen types of things so we can get shots close to the bucket. Then we have a handful of 3-point (shooting) plays that work because we do have more perimeter shooters than Haley."
Cheney said the perimeter game is in capable hands with Cox and Kennedy as well as 5-4 freshman guard Georgia Lakso.
"Haley's 3-point shot is her biggest strength, but now she's older and more mature and can see the court a little differently and has taken on that leadership role," Cheney said. "Kennedy has been running the point for four years and she really has improved her shooting. In the past, we have had to get on her to shoot the ball, but now she's getting confidence in her shot. She sees herself as a leader and we look for her to have a good year.
"Freshman Georgia Lakso is a nice spark and very consistent, and she has the potential to be a starter. She can shoot, she can drive and she's a very well-rounded player. She can even run the point for us if needed."
Senior guard Laura Cabrera Espinal (5-2), junior guards Aminata Berete (5-3) and Araceli Rosado (5-3) and junior forwards Karen Silva-Revilla (5-6) and Aliana Washington (5-7) round out the roster.
"We have good chemistry," said Cheney, whose team opens league play Tuesday, Dec. 4, at home against Westland. "I have been with these girls four years because I was the j.v. coach when (the seniors) were freshmen. This has been the best group I have been around in terms of attitude and friendships, and I look for that to give us an edge."
Comets make college selections
Three Central Crossing student-athletes announced their college decisions in women's soccer on Nov. 14.
Kennedy Edwards and Maddie Ross will compete at Ohio Christian, and Hallie Fryman will play at Ohio Dominican.
Nov. 27 -- vs. Delaware
Nov. 29 -- at Centennial
Dec. 1 -- at London
*Dec. 4 -- vs. Westland
*Dec. 7 -- vs. Upper Arlington
*Dec. 14 -- at Marysville
Dec. 18 -- at Canal Winchester
Dec. 19 -- at Mifflin
*Dec. 21 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson
*Jan. 4 -- vs. Dublin Coffman
Jan. 5 -- vs. Lakewood
Jan. 8 -- vs. Groveport
*Jan. 11 -- at Westland
Jan. 16 -- vs. Briggs
*Jan. 18 -- at Upper Arlington
Jan. 22 -- at Grove City
*Jan. 25 -- vs. Marysville
Jan. 29 -- at Whitehall
*Feb. 1 -- at Hilliard Davidson
Feb. 5 -- vs. Reynoldsburg
*Feb. 7 -- at Dublin Coffman
Feb. 9 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
Below are the coming schedules for the Central Crossing boys basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
Dec. 4 -- At Ready
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 4 -- Portsmouth and Westland at Urbancrest YMCA
Dec. 1 -- Olentangy Invitational