Instead of one standout player, the Buena Regional High School girls basketball team has multiple athletes that contribute in every game.

Center Janay Smith scored 20 points in two South Jersey Group II playoff games last year.

Teammate Jasmine Miro scored 17 points, including the game-winning layup in overtime, in the first-round playoff game.

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Forward Caroline Santiago scored 14 points in that same game, eight of which came in the fourth quarter to help keep the Chiefs' run alive.

This year, Buena will return not just these three leading scorers, but its entire starting five from last season.

"I kind of feel like we have picked up right where we left off and we're ready to go to that next level," head coach Misty Russo said. "It's nice because we have that team chemistry already and we're not trying to replace anyone."

In addition to the talented cast from last season, the Chiefs picked up Holy Spirit transfer Alaina Seyler.

The Chiefs' game plan also includes focusing on playing hard defense and not allowing any extra shots.

"We don't have just eight basketball players," Russo said. "We have a lot of athletes that play multiple sports and we plan on using that athleticism and our hard work to play great basketball and be that team that doesn't go away."

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League: Cape-Atlantic League National

Group: South Jersey Group II

Coach: Misty Russo (23-32, third season)

2011-12 record: 17-11

2012-13 prediction: Contenders

Key players: Janay Smith, Sr., 6-1, C; Caroline Santiago, Sr., 5-9, F; Jasmine Miro, Sr., 5-1, G; Lynn Brown, So., 5-4, G; Julia DiBiase, Jr., 5-4, F.

Top newcomers: Alaina Seyler, Jr., 5-2, G.


Dec. 14 at Cedar Creek, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 17 at Winslow Township, 4 p.m.

Dec. 18 at St. Joseph, 7 p.m.

Dec. 20 vs. Cape May Tech, 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 26-27 at Woodbury Tournament, TBD

Jan. 3 vs. ACIT, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 5 vs. West Deptford, 12:30 p.m.

Jan. 7 at Pleasantville, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 14 vs. Wildwood Catholic, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 22 vs. Cedar Creek, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 vs. St. Joseph, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 27 Shootout Tournament at Holy Spirit, noon

Jan. 28 at Cape May Tech, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 at ACIT, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 1 at Audubon, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 4 vs. Pleasantville, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 7 at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.

Feb. 11 at Wildwood Catholic, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 13 vs. Vineland, 5:30 p.m.

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