BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Ridge girls basketball team, which opens its season Friday at home against Bridgewater-Raritan at 7 p.m., will be looking to establish a new offensive identity after a pair of 1,000-point career scorers graduated last June.

Without productive scorers Sam Mahon and Monica Schumacher, the shots and the scoring responsibilities for Ridge will be distributed elsewhere this season. Last year, coach Eric Schroeder's team posted an 18-9 record.

Senior 6-0 forward Chrissy Weyrauch (11.5 points per game) is the leading returning scorer for the Red Devils, and she is versatile enough to play in the post, venture out to the perimeter to shoot 3-pointers and set teammates up with sharp passes. Senior guard Sarah Korn will also be counted on to provide a perimeter counterbalance to Weyrauch's presence up front. Weyrauch and Korn are co-captains. Korn has shot the ball very well in the pre-season.

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Schroeder said he is "excited for the team to continue to come together and perform at a high level."

With 6-0 senior forward Amanda Gerdts expected to start, Ridge should have a big front line for opponents to contend with.

"It's a new group of girls, and we should be a faster paced team this year," said Weyrauch, who, along with her sister, Sammy, are making the seasonal transition from soccer to basketball. "We have two huge gaps to fill. We'll try to run more on teams and we will be a lot more tenacious."

Other key contributors should include:
Abby Ursino, junior, forward 5-8
Annabelle Pesarchick, Sophomore, forward 5-7
Sammy Weyrauch, Sophomore, guard 5-6
Kristin Miscia, Sophomore, guard, 5-6
Sophia Brognara, Sophmore, center, 5-11
Katie Grierson, Junior, 5-5