Despite returning four of five starters from last season, the Grandview Heights girls basketball program still is laden with youth.
The roster for sixth-year coach Brian O'Mara features three seniors, two juniors, one sophomore and seven freshmen.
Senior forwards Emma Hall and Pelar Price and junior guards Rachel Hartman and Hannah Yochem are returning starters for the Bobcats, who went 6-15 overall and 1-7 in the MSL-Ohio Division last season.
"We have a fair amount back with the four starters, but we're still pretty young," O'Mara said. "We have pretty much all of our team back from last year except (junior) Tayler (Pierce), who will focus strictly on soccer."
Yochem started at point guard the past two seasons and received honorable mention all-district and first-team all-league honors last winter.
"We're pretty young," she said. "We have four seniors, but one -- (forward) Janey Coplan -- is out for the season with a knee injury. We have seven freshmen, and they are still learning what they need to do."
Senior guard Marissa Tose is likely to step into the fifth starting spot with sophomore forward Sasha Pomerants and freshmen Chai Dobbs-Euans (center) and Kathryn Page (guard) and Melana Pomerants (guard) also seeing time.
The Bobcats have relatively good size with Dobbs-Euans and Price at 5-foot-11 and both Hall and Hartman at 5-10.
"We have a lot of height on our team and I'm not sure if we'll see that kind of height in our league games," Yochem said. "Emma is one of the top rebounders in the league at around eight per game, and Pelar has been scoring well in our scrimmages. Then you have Rachel out on the perimeter and she is about 6-2 when she puts her hands up. As a guard, that can really help us."
O'Mara said it was good to return a player such as Yochem to run the offense.
"Hannah is back and it's nice that she handles the ball well and she can shoot well," said O'Mara, whose team opened with a league game Nov. 22 against Columbus Academy. "So far in the preseason, it's encouraging that she is shooting the ball well and she has shown good range. She will shoot the ball if she is open."
Rounding out the roster are freshman guards Evie Cribbs, Ali Hamm and Aylish O'Harra and freshman forward Evelyn Weber.
"We have looked good in our scrimmages and have gotten the freshmen a lot of playing time," O'Mara said. "One of the big things for us is to be able to build a bench."
The MSL-Ohio has a new look this winter with the additions of Buckeye Valley, Columbus School for Girls and Wellington.
"We should be competitive with the league changing," O'Mara said. "Worthington Christian won it last year and Whitehall picked up some pretty good players as transfers. We'll see how things play out."
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling and swimming & diving teams:
Nov. 30 -- Hartley in All-Ohio Nike Hoops Showcase at Pickerington North
Dec. 3 -- Home vs. Independence
*Nov. 30 -- At Worthington Christian
Dec. 2 -- At Madison Plains
Dec. 4 -- Home vs. Cristo Rey
*Dec. 3 -- Marysville at Marysville Lanes
*Dec. 4 -- Westerville South at Sawmill Lanes
SWIMMING & DIVING
Nov. 25 -- Bloom-Carroll, Hamilton Township and Wellington at Columbus Aquatics Center
Dec. 2 -- Central Crossing, DeSales, Hamilton Township, Westland and Whetstone at Columbus Aquatics Center