COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a proven returning class and an impressive incoming class, first-year head coach Byron Allgood has high expectations for his squad. Last season, the young 2015-16 team advanced to the district semifinals and finished with a 13-16 overall record.
"I think this is a team that is made for success. Talented freshman ready to step right in, outstanding sophomore leadership and very hard workers fill both defensive and shooting roles for this team," said Coach Allgood.
Sophomore point guard Carli Codner-Pinto headlines the returners after a solid freshman campaign. Codner-Pinto wrapped up 2015-16 averaging 18.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
The quartet of impact sophomores from last year's squad includes Codner-Pinto, forward Hunter Kershaw, and centers Keyvona Davis and Ameerah Attia. Last season, Hunter Kershaw averaged 15.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.1 steals and assists. Keyvona Davis averaged 11.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 1.4 assists while Ameerah Attia averaged 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 points per game.
The seven freshmen and one transfer who round out the squad almost exclusively come from central Ohio programs.
The class includes Ashley Hurt (Hilliard/Hilliard-Davidson HS), Morgan Noble (Pataskala/Licking Heights HS), Nycole Carter (Hilliard/Hilliard-Darby HS), Elizabeth Harris (Whitehall/Whitehall-Yearling HS), Allie Rutter (Fostoria/St. Wendelin HS), Antishay Rahim (Grove City/Central Crossing HS), and Zyna Ujunwa (Whitehall/Whitehall-Yearling HS).
"Carli Codner-Pinto and Ashley Hurt are a high scoring tandem and will alternate running the point guard and off guard positions," said Coach Allgood. "Morgan Noble and Nycole Carter bring some toughness to the perimeter and will be our hustle players on the wing. Elizabeth Harris and Ally Rutter are skilled passers and shooters. They will be ready to contribute from day one."
According to Coach Allgood, 'there is quality depth, especially in the frontcourt, and the team has the potential to switch out roles to adapt to various playing styles and opposition. "Hunter Kershaw and Ameerah Attia are a huge part of our talented post players. They both are very active on offense and can put up points in a hurry. Keyvona Davis, Shay Rahim and Zyna Ujunwa complete our dominant front court. They love to compete for every rebound and lock down the paint on defense".
The Cougars opening up their season at home on Tue, Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. versus the University of Rio Grande.