CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Since the time that Greg Ullman took over the Herbert Hoover girls basketball team six seasons ago, he hoped to build a solid foundation for the program.
After four losing seasons at the helm, Ullman and the Huskies broke a long string of losing seasons that dated back to 1996, with a 12-11 finish last season.
And with plenty of game experience returning this season, Ullman hopes to keep the momentum rolling.
"That gives us a good foundation to move forward," said Ullman of last season's plus-.500 finish. "We've got six players that played a lot of minutes last year that are back.
"We've got some balance this year between inside and outside. We did lose our leading scorer and 3-point shooter (Jordan Marshall), and a terror on defense (Makayla Shamblin), but we're very happy with what we've got coming back."
Seniors Emily Brown and Makenzie Edmunds return and will be joined by fellow seniors Hannah King and Hope Johnson, neither of which played last season.
A strong junior class of Bethany Romine, Zoey Carte, Caroline Thornburg and Bailey Aab return, as do experienced sophomores Hannah Schoolcraft and Kari Harding.
"We've got more experience this year, but I don't know if we've got the depth that we had last year," Ullman said. "Last year we were able to go 10 or 11 deep, but we're still going to try to play an up tempo game."
Even with the host of returning players, the early season has been tough for the Huskies.
"We're struggling a little bit picking up a few new things that we've added," Ullman said. "We're trying to add a few new wrinkles this year, but as far as the things that we did well last year, we're still pretty much on top of that."
Hoover will open on Dec. 10, at Chapmanville, in what Ullman hopes will be an even better season that last.
"With the experience that we have back, we expect to be better," Ullman said. "How that shows up in wins and losses is anybody's guess. I feel like we've made our schedule a little tougher and our conference (Cardinal) is as good as any double-A league in the state."
The Huskies will scrimmage St. Marys at home this evening. Tip-off is slated for 5:45 p.m.
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