The Wildwood High School girls basketball team is one of the area's smallest - both in vertical height and numbers.

Despite a lack of depth at the tiny school, the Warriors have improved in each of the last three seasons, jumping from a five-win outing in 2010-11 to last season's 14-12 showing. This year, Wildwood must deal with the loss of several seniors and some early injuries to key players.

Long-time coach Dave Troiano said the team will capitalize on its speed.

"We're small. But the kids are quick, and that's what we'll have to rely on," he said.

One uncertainty the Warriors face surrounds their standout shooter, senior small forward Jessica Freeman. She led the area in scoring with 21.2 points per game and averaged 10.3 rebounds.

Freeman, a three-sport athlete, has dealt with back issues in the preseason and will get an MRI done this week to determine the severity of her injuries. How much she'll play to start the season is in question.

"If it was up to her, she'd play through the pain," Troiano said.

Also on the bench for an undetermined time frame to the start the season is junior guard Hediyah Farlow, who has a meniscus injury.

Troiano is optimistic about his newcomers, including freshman guard MacKenzie McCracken, whose father Scott coaches the Wildwood boys team.

"We've had some kids really step up," Troiano said.


League: Tri-County Conference Classic Division

Group: South Jersey Group I

Coach: Dave Troiano (35 years, 602-297)

2012-13 record: 14-12

2013-14 prediction: Competitive - The Warriors must combat a lack of size and experience with speed. If Freeman can stay healthy throughout the season, she can score from anywhere on the floor and will spark Wildwood's offense.

Key returnees: Jessica Freeman, Sr., F, 5-6; Mackenzie Huber, Sr., F, 5-5; Hediyah Farlow, Jr., G, 5-4; Leishly Reyes, Jr., G, 5-5.

Top newcomers: MacKenzie McCracken, Fr., G, 5-5; Jamie Ficke, Jr., 5-8, C; Jillian Freeman, So., F, 5-5; Monica Concepcion, So., F, 5-7.