For a team that lost in the sectional final to perennial power Wheeling Central, things are looking up for the Bishop Donahue girls’ basketball team.
Four starters return for a Bishops squad that won seven and lost 14 last season under the direction of coach Miki Maxwell, who will begin her seventh season courtside when Donahue opens its season at home at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 against Weirton Madonna.
‘‘Bishop Donahue High School will have more depth off the bench than in the past seven years,’’ Maxwell said.
It all starts with seniors Ashley Hill and Krista Bittengle. Hill, a 5-foot-7 guard, averaged nine points per-game last season, including a high of 16 in the regular-season finale against Hundred.
She scored in double digits nine times.
Bittengle (5-6 guard), meanwhile, was the team’s second-leading scorer with 10.5 per night. Her high was a 21-point effort in a Jan. 4 matchup with Bridgeport.
Alexa Yurisko was the team’s leading scorer, checking in at 12.3 a game, with her top effort being a 20-point game. Other returners are 5-7 junior forward Chrissy Mucheck (7 ppg), 6-foot sophomore center Lacy Hampton (1.7 ppg) and 5-2 junior Maribeth Smith (1.3 ppg).
‘‘I’ve seen great improvement over the summer from Hampton and Smith,’’ Maxwell said.
Sophomore Casey Campbell ‘‘will also add depth with aggressive play,’’ according to the coach.
Senior guard Brittie Legg (6-0) is another Maxwell is high on.
‘‘She has a great outside shot,’’ Maxwell said.
As well, some freshmen will also be relied upon. They are Katie Blazer, Ciarra Kobasko and Taylore Barry.
Fact BoxB. Donahue Girls
Dec. 4: Weirton Madonna 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6: at Linsly 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7: at Cameron 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10: Bridgeport 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 13: Paden City 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17: Clay-Battelle 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 20: at Valley 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 27: Undo’s Tourn. 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 28: Undo’s Tournament TBA
Jan. 5: at Bellaire St. John 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: at Paden City 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10: Hundred 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12: Cameron 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14: at Bridgeport 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16: Valley 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21: Bellaire St. John 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 22: Linsly 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: OVAC Tourney TBA
Jan. 30: OVAC Tourney TBA
Jan. 31: OVAC Tourney TBA
Feb. 6: at Conotton Valley 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: at Hundred 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9: at Mason-Dixon N of C TBA