Pleasantville High School will have a junior varsity girls basketball team for the first time since 1998.
It's just a part of the rebuilding philosophy of Alex Harley, who is entering his third year coaching Pleasantville. The Greyhounds won only three games last year with six girls on the team, Harley said.
The Greyhounds return five players for this season and have 13 new girls, Harley said.
"I'd like to see us improve from the last two seasons," Harley said.
Among those five returning players is 5-foot-10 senior center Mya Alston.
A four-year starter, Alston has the ability to carry the team, Harley said.
"She has the opportunity to graduate with more wins than any previous girl in the last six years," Harley said.
Sabrina Brown is the other senior on the roster.
"She can rebound up to her potential of 10 to 15 rebounds per game to give us the opportunity to be competitive," Harley said.
Zyhara Lewis, a junior, is expected to help out with the scoring.
"She averaged about 11 points per game, three steals and we hope she can step it up to average anywhere between and 15 to 18 points per game with five steals," Harley said.
Harley has a few realistic goals, not expectations, set in place. First, it's to continue to build the program. But also, he wants to see his girls compete this year.
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League: Cape-Atlantic League United
Group: South Jersey Group II
Coach: Alex Harley (8-41, two seasons)
2012-13 record: 3-22
2013-14 prediction: Rebuilding - Greyhounds looking to improve win total from last season.
Key players: Mya Alston Sr., 5-10, G; Zyhara Lewis Jr., 5-5, G; Sabrina Brown Sr., 5-11, F; Tashiana Mathieu So., 5-8, F; Lovely Octavius Jr., 5-3, G.