WEIRTON - For Madonna and girls' basketball coach Don Ogden, 2012 turned into a season in which the Blue Dons accomplished a lot, but not everything they wanted.
It was a season in which the senior-dominated squad finished 17-8 and advanced to the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship game, only to lose, and also to the West Virginia Class A regional tournament, where again, they failed in their effort to advance.
Now, it may not be going totally back to the drawing board, however, Ogden lost six of his top contributors from that squad, and 82 percent of his scoring, and will look to rebound with just two seniors, six sophomores and three freshmen on a team that will be very youthful.
''It was a very, very strong senior class that we had last year,'' Ogden said. ''And we are very young this year, but I could not ask for two better seniors to help provide leadership and deal with the youthfulness of this team. They are very patient and very positive.''
Those two seniors, the only upperclassmen on the roster, are 5-foot-6 center Amy Davis, who was a part-time starter toward the end of last season, and 5-10 wing Nicollette Sellitti. That pair will be joined in the starting lineup by 5-7 sophomore Rachel Grubbs and 5-11 freshman wing Monica Bragg.
The fifth, and maybe most important spot point guard - is still up for grabs with sophomores Cameron Dowiak (5-2) and Leanne Grubbs (5-5) and freshman Rebecca Holt (5-6) all in the mix for playing time.
Coming off the bench and competing for playing time will be sophomores Montana Mascio (5-4), Aubrey Platek (5-7) and Isabella Rosso (5-6) along with freshman Katie Lammers (5-8).
Gone from last year's team are 1,000-point scorer Isabella Anile, Lisa Parkins, Katelyn Conner, Melody Mazur, Sara Lyons and Stephanie Magnone.
"Our two seniors have been playing in the shadows of some pretty good teammates the last couple of years and now it is their turn to show what they can do and take advantage of the opportunity," Ogden said. "The biggest key is how quick our younger kids can mature and adjust to a full high school basketball season.
"There is no question that we play a tough schedule with a lot of big schools, but my feeling is that you play at the highest level possible and hope that when the OVAC and the state playoffs come along it helps you out in the long run."