BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Ridge High School girls basketball team brings back a core of experienced seniors as well as several underclass players who got major minutes last season.

That combination of skill and experience gives head coach Eric Schroeder hope that the Red Devils can improve on their 12-15 record of last winter and make a run at a winning season this winter. Ridge opens at home against Hunterdon Central on Friday night.

Senior forwards Sam Weyrauch and Kristin Miscia and senior guard Juliana Spitzner return along with a a couple of sophomores who saw significant playing time as ninth-graders, Sophie Beneventine and Ava Haiback, and two other sophs who also saw varsity action last year, Maddy West and Allie Byrne.

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Beneventine is the leading scorer among returning players, with 8.3 points per game last year. Weyrauch, though, is the tallest among all those players at 5-foot-8, so the Red Devils will have to use deft interior positioning and proper box-out technique when they go against bigger teams on their schedule.

Newcomers Michele Modugno, a 6-0 senior, and 5-10 sophomore Lauren Lusardi can help provide the height up front which Ridge might need. Senior Katie Arrigan, a guard, is out for varsity for the first time after starring on the soccer pitch for Ridge the last three autumns.

"We return the majority of our varsity team," Schroeder said. "We look to have success by focusing on team play and aggressive defense."



Friday, 12/15 (H) Hunterdon Central, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/19 (H) Immaculata, 7 p.m.
Thursday, 12/21 (H) Montgomery, 7 p.m.
Friday, 12/22 (A) Pequannock, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/27 (H) Union, 4 p.m. (Len Sepanak Tournament)