The Bridgeton High School girls basketball team returns six players from last year's 10-win season, but point guard Jovan Childers, who graduated, is not one of them.

Instead of replacing Childers with one player, coach Audrey Carter is going to challenge her team to fill that hole as a unit.

If they can, the Bulldogs will enjoy a successful season.

"I expect them to basically work their hardest," said Carter, who is entering her third year as coach. "They know me well and have been with me the longest and understand the changing of the roles this year.

"They had to rely on Jovan a lot, and now they have to rely on each other."

Childers was Bridgeton's leading player on the court. The point guard handled the ball and quarterbacked its offense.

"She's going to be very hard to replace," Carter said. "I do have a point guard in waiting (in Deja Mosley, a 5-foot-5 junior). She's not a Jovan, but I'm getting her there."

Destiny Thompson is another junior whom Carter hopes will play a big role. The 5-11 senior has started since her freshman year.

Bridgeton also has two seniors in the mix. Symone Sweazie, a 5-7 guard, and Claudia Hawse, a 5-5 guard, will be Carter's leaders on the court.

Carter added that she needs her guards to be "strong and confident," just like Childers.

"Everybody is going to have to step up," Carter said. "As a whole, together they can be very strong. But individually, they may struggle. As long as they work together, we will be fine."

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Girls

League: Cape-Atlantic League National

Group: South Jersey Group II

Coach: Audrey Carter (17-33, two seasons)

2012-13 record: 10-16

2013-14 prediction: Contender - If the Bulldogs come together they could have a good season.

Key players: Destiny Thompson Jr., 5-11, F/C; Deja Mosley Jr., 5-5, G; Claudia Hawse Sr., 5-5, G; Symone Sweazie Sr., 5-7, G.

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