Last year: 17-7, 5-1 (NCC)
Locked and loaded, that's what these Brickies are. Very young last winter they won 17 games and hung with Merrillville in the sectional semifinal. Senior guard Grayce Roach is where it all starts but it doesn't end there. Five players with starting experience return. Coach Mike Hamacher has two post players, but junior Zoe Wilson's game should explode. After taking a year off for club volleyball two years ago, she's concentrated on hoops and that should give the Bricks some power in the paint. "We have a diverse team, but we're defining roles right now," Hamacher said. "We have experience, size, something we haven't had that last couple of years. ... We also have a couple of newcomers that should help us a lot." Freshman Dajah Hill is explosive and ready to give Roach a lot of support in the backcourt. "I didn't play volleyball so I could be a leader and we have a good core of girls who've been focusing on basketball the last year," Roach said. "I think we should start off quicker this year. We're expecting a lot of wins and hopefully a sectional." — Steve Hanlon
Last season finish
Lost in sectional semifinal to Merrillville, 60-39.
Leading returning scorer
Grayce Roach, 12.3 ppg.
Leading returning rebounder
Morgan Flaharty, Zoe Flaherty, 5 rpg.
Grayce Roach, Sr., G: Has the full package with just one flaw, she's too unselfish, Hamacher said. Can shoot from the outside or take it to the basket with power. Has already been offered a full-ride to IUN. "Grayce is the best at every position on the floor on our team," Hamacher said.
Newcomer to watch
Zoe Wilson, Jr., C: Playing on an AAU team coached by Notre Dame grad Becca Bruszewski this summer gave Wilson what she needed, big time experience. After taking her freshman year off for club volleyball, she was rusty last season. A full year of hoops should pay big dividends. "She's ready to bust out and I can't wait," Hamacher said.