The Vineland High School girls basketball team will try to battle inexperience and walk away with some wins this season.

The team returns just one starter - senior guard Iesha Watson.

The Fighting Clan lost a decent amount of contributing players from last year, including leading scorers Tanasia Russel and Morgan Gaines-Hunt.

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This season, Vineland will look to Watson and senior letter winner Gaylynn James to lead.

"Iesha is really taking the role of point guard seriously," head coach Will Breese said. "She is progressively starting to learn how to run the team and she's a guide for them, as much as she can be."

First-year coach Breese will have to help young newcomers such as sophomore Sara Mazzeo and junior Naomi Rivera adjust to the varsity level of play.

"They're progressively getting better," Breese said. "The girls are starting to gel and getting more accustomed to each other. They're learning how to play well together."

Even though this is Breese's first year with the varsity team, he has coached many of the seniors since their freshman year.

Breese said he can see the team slowly coming together and buckling down both offensively and defensively, which is a good sign for Vineland's future.

"Whatever we're doing we seem to be doing it somewhat right," Breese said.

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League: Cape-Atlantic League American

Group: South Jersey Group IV

Coach: Will Breese (first season)

2011-12 record: 6-16

2012-13 prediction: Rebuilding

Key players: Iesha Watson, Sr., 5-5, G; Gaylynn James, Sr., 5-6, G.

Top newcomers: Sara Mazzeo, So., 5-7, F; Naomi Rivera, Jr., 5-9, F.


Dec. 14 vs. Millville, 4 p.m.

Dec. 18 vs. Egg Harbor Township, 6 p.m.

Dec. 20 vs. Mainland Regional, 6 p.m.

Dec. 28-29 Boardwalk Classic at Wildwood Convention Center, TBD

Jan. 2 at Hammonton, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 4 at Holy Spirit, 7 p.m.

Jan. 5 at Sacred Heart, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 7 vs. Bridgeton, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 8 at Atlantic City, 7 p.m.

Jan. 11 vs. Absegami, 6 p.m.

Jan. 14 vs. Woodbury, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 18 vs. Oakcrest, 6 p.m.

Jan. 22 at Millville, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 25 at Egg Harbor Township, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 28 at Bridgeton, 4 p.m.

Jan. 29 at Mainland Regional, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 vs. Holy Spirit, 6 p.m.

Feb. 5 vs. Atlantic City, 6 p.m.

Feb. 7 at Camden Catholic, 7 p.m.

Feb. 8 at Absegami, 6 p.m.

Feb. 11 at Ocean City, 6 p.m.

Feb. 13 at Buena Regional, 5:30 p.m.

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