Coach Heath Goolsby expects to see more consistency from his Columbus School for Girls basketball team in his second season.
The Unicorns finished 6-16 overall and 0-4 in the CCL last season but are now in the MSL-Ohio Division along with Bexley, Buckeye Valley, Columbus Academy, Grandview, Wellington, Whitehall and Worthington Christian.
"One thing we want to try to do is to be consistently competitive, especially in the new league," Goolsby said. "We were competitive last year, but not consistently. One game we would play well and the next game, not so much. We want to meet our expectations every night."
The Unicorns have returned four starters from last season in 5-foot-11 senior post player Veronica Ross, junior guard Eva Nicolosi, sophomore point guard Lauren Sloan and sophomore guard Emma Spangler. In addition, sophomore forward Kaden Edwards is back after starting several games last season when Nicolosi was out with an ankle injury.
"I think we learned a lot from last year, and it's good to see us growing from that and getting better," Ross said. "We're hungry, and we want to put in the work to get better."
Rounding out the roster are senior Ellen Monahan (guard), juniors Jordan Bauknight (forward), Jolien Kusi (guard) and Bella Sloan (forward), sophomores Tori Johnson (post player) and Makenna McCoy (guard) and freshmen Carmen Albrecht (guard), Maya Carpenter (forward) and Jayden Clarett (guard).
"I'm really excited about the season, and we have a lot of new underclassmen," Nicolosi said. "I think every year we learn from the previous year. We're all getting better and we're coming together."
CSG opened Nov. 22 against Patriot Prep Academy and began MSL-Ohio competition Nov. 26 against Worthington Christian.
They play a league contest Saturday, Nov. 30, at Buckeye Valley before playing at Harvest Prep on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
"I like that we're young, and I like the depth that we have," Goolsby said. "We have had eight or nine girls getting quality minutes for us. Some of them have been successful in other sports so they are athletic.
"With it being my second season, our returning players are familiar with the sets and plays and the things we like to do. We were able to hit the ground running and focus on some of the finer details of what we like to do."