The Hammonton High School girls basketball team had a senior-laden squad last year.

Of those now-graduated players, few had real basketball experience. Most were primarily soccer players.

With many of its varsity players gone, the Blue Devils will be an inexperienced team.

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"We're really not different than we've been in the last few years," third year coach Kevin Kretschy said. "We're still rebuilding."

Hammonton lacks the size and height it had in previous seasons. The Blue Devils have a few assets to rely on, though.

Senior guard Paige Mortellite was the team's leading scorer.

A four-year starter, she provides leadership and knowledge on the court.

The Blue Devils can also find strength in numbers.

"We'll play a lot of kids this year. Our bench will have depth," Kretschy said.

While contending for a division title may be out of the question, a young Hammonton squad can gain valuable experience for the future.

The Blue Devils will work at getting better each day and being more competitive in games.

With a solid defense, Hammonton will concentrate on improving its offense.

"Our focus (this season) is to score more points," Kretschy said.


League: Cape-Atlantic League National

Group: South Jersey Group III

Coach: Kevin Kretschy (11-40, two seasons)

2012-13 record: 6-19

2013-14 prediction: Rebuilding

Key players: Paige Mortellite, Sr., 5-6, G; Farris Ellington, Sr., McKenna Forry, So.


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