The Kennett High School girls basketball team will open its 2008-09 season on Friday, Dec. 5 against Ridley in the opening round of the Ridley Tip-Off Tournament.From that moment forward, the Lady Blue Demons will begin to uncover some answers as to where they stand as a team. Because at this point, says head coach Vince Cattano, Kennett can best be described as a "big question mark" right now.
That's due mainly to the fact that the Demons lost three players to graduation who were all starters at the varsity level since their freshman year and were the core of the squad up until now.
Those three players - Verena Woloson, Breanna Whiteside and Kara Kennard - accounted for a combined total of 2,400 points during their careers with Kennett.
"We have no gauge on where we fit in as compared to other teams in the league," said Cattano. "We have no idea right now, because we are so unproven. We are very inexperienced. We have some kids who are gonna log a lot of minutes for us this season who have never played varsity basketball before.
"On the flip side, we're going to be a typical Kennett team that works extremely hard. That isn't going to change."
Kennett is coming off a season in which it went 12-12 overall and finished 5-7 in the Ches-Mont League's American Division.
The Demons return four players who saw time with the varsity last year: senior Maria Rivera (forward), junior Jamie Cummings (point guard), senior Devon Kennard (guard) and senior Kyra Fry (guard).
Other key players for Kennett are expected to be sophomore guard Becky Welcher, sophomore guard Taylor DeVoe and sophomore guard Alexa Piscitelli.
"This is the first year in a long time that we want to be up-and-down the floor. We have a quick team," said Cattano. "And we also would like to believe that we're going to be a good defensive team, because we spend a lot of time working on that."
Kennett goes into its campaign with some confidence after fairing quite well in a couple of pre-season scrimmages.
"We played well this past Saturday, and were pleasantly surprised by how it went," said Cattano. "We're going to have to learn on the fly this season, but this is a fun group to coach. They work hard, and they are a good bunch of kids.
"The league is wide open this season. We hope to be in the mix. But you just have to see how it all unfolds."