Georgetown-Ridge Farm is coming off a season where they tied with the Hilltoppers for the conference title and also return some top players in Brittany Hay, Lexi Ovall, Hannah Brandt and Kayla Wolpert.
Buffaloes coach Michelle Brooks said the success of last year’s team has brought a new enthusiasm to the program.
“When we had tryouts, we had 27 kids wanting to tryout,” Brooks said. “In the past, we have had at the least 11 players tryout.”
While the tryouts were successful, Brooks is sticking to the stars and younger players like Aubrey Brookshire and Mona Alruwaily.
“(Brookshire) came off the bench and played well for us in the season and (Alruwaily) has stepped up a lot in practice,” Brooks said. “We also have a new assistant coach in Paul Waitkoff who has 15 years of experience.”
The Buffaloes will start the season on Monday against Blue Ridge.
Westville lost 80 percent of its offense from last season, but coach Mike Chandler returns starters Ji’Cee Lacey, Morgan Gallion and top sub Mikayla Rolinitis.
“Ji’Cee is a great presence inside for us and she can handle the ball, so she is a all-around player,” Chandler said. “Morgan was our No. 2 guard last year and she took over that spot in the middle of the season and she has become our best in passing and Mikayla is our best overall defender and is good on offense as well.”
Chandler will also depend on some young players like Toni Cedar and Krista Smith to help fill the rest of the gap left from last season’s departures.
“Ceader is probably going to be the point guard for us and she has the will to go out there and do it,” Chandler said. “Macee Petkus and Ariel Prater are our seniors and they have done a solid job in practice and Adrienne Pate is a sophomore who came off the bench for us last season and Mariah Rolinitis will be a good scorer for us.