The Absegami High School girls basketball team is young. The Braves' youth may show early in the season against more seasoned Cape-Atlantic League American Division rivals such as Holy Spirit or Atlantic City.
How well Absegami grows together over the course of the season will determine whether the Braves can improve on last year's three-win season.
"The year's team is young overall, with a lot of potential for them to grow as players," said coach Meghan Tracey, in her third season with the Braves.
Absegami is led by two seniors, forward Miranda Romesburg and guard Jenna Seddon, who was a Press First-Team All-Star in girls soccer. Sophomores Brielle Clarke and Eva Sodaitis return after seeing extensive playing time as freshmen.
Absegami gains some size with two freshmen players. Arielle Schaffer and Sara Pietropola are each 5-foot-10 forwards.
Absegami ended its 2011-12 season on a high note, winning two games.
Absegami may lack the depth to compete with some of the CAL's top teams. However, the Braves expect to be competitive within the conference.
One thing the Braves do not lack is character.
"They have a lot of heart," Tracey said. "They work hard, and they have great chemistry on and off the court."
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League: Cape-Atlantic League American
Group: South Jersey Group IV
Coach: Meghan Tracey (35-55, four seasons) Last season's record: 3-17
2012-13 prediction: Rebuilding - The Braves are a relatively young team but have great chemistry on and off the court.
Key returnees: Jenna Seddon, Sr., 5-6; G; Miranda Romesburg, Sr., 5-7, F; Brielle Clarke, So., 5-8, G; Eva Sodaitis, So., 5-8, G/F.
Top newcomers: Mary Riggs, So., 5-5, G; Arielle Schaffer, Fr., 5-10, F; Sara Pietropola, Fr., 5-10, F.
6 p.m. Jan. 4 at Egg Harbor Township
6 p.m. Jan. 15 vs. Millville
7 p.m. Feb. 5 vs. Mainland Regional
7 p.m. Feb. 8 vs. Vineland