By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register — MIDDLEPORT - Having lost four starters to graduation from last year's co-championship team, the Roy-Hart girls basketball squad faces a bit of a rebuilding task this season.
Olivia Kelkenberg, who earned first team Niagara-Orleans All-League honors, is the lone returning starter from last year's 12-2 quad which shared the title with Wilson.
"It definitely will be a rebuilding year for us," coach Don Baker said. "We'll build around Olivia. We've got decent size up front but were awfully young at the guard spots where it probably will be guards by committee."
Junior Becky Harnish, who was the Lady Rams sixth man last year, also returns as seniors Stephnie Riegle, Emily Tanner, Brianna Walker and sophomore Taylor Fry also have some varsity experience.
The Lady Rams squad also includes seniors Jen Bassom and Liz Offhaus, juniors Morgan Joens, Brianna Lewandowski and Brooklyn Babcock and freshman Emma Lindke.
"We going to try to press and play an up tempo game," said Baker.
The Lady Rams key losses to graduation include first team N-O All-League honoree Jesse DeWaters along with Kristi Harnish and Hailey Harrington.
The Lady Rams will open the season by hosting their own Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The opening night matchups will have Eden vs. Starpoint at 5 p.m. and Tonawanda vs. Roy-Hart at 7 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be held the second night at 5 and 7 p.m.
Roy-Hart will then open the season on Dec. 20 by hosting Wilson in a key clash between defending co-champions.
Wilson, which has won or shared the N-O title the last three years in a row, is led by the veteran quarter of senior Jamie Curry nd Mallorie Gagnon along with juniors Emily Lash and Allie Bubar. Curry earned first team N-O All-League honors last year.Roy-Hart Lady Rams COACH: Don Baker LAST YEAR: 12-2 (N-O) KEY LOSSES: Jesse DeWaters, Kristi Harnish, Haley Harrington KEY RETURNEES: Olivia Kelkenberg (Sr.), Taylor Fry (So.), Becky Harnish (Jr.) SCHEDULE: Nov. 30 - Roy-Hart Tip-Off Tournament (Eden vs. Starpoint, 5 p.m., Tonawanda vs. Roy-Hart, 7 p.m.) Dec. 1 - Roy-Hart Tip-Off Tounament (consolation game 5 p.m., championship game, 7 p.m.) Dec. 8 - at Nichols, 2 p.m. Dec. 20 - Wilson, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4 - Medina ,6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 - at Akron, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 - at Newfane, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 - Albion, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 - at Barker, 6:30 p.m. Jan .22 - CSAT, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 - at Wilson, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 - at Medina, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 - Akron, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 - Newfane, 6:30 p.m. Feb 8 - at Albion, 7 p.m. Feb. 12 - Barker, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 - at CSAT, 6:30 p.m.