* Coach: Chrissy Kelly (third year, 21-20).

* Last season: 11-11, 2-4 (lost to Woodbridge, 72-38, in Cardinal District semifinals).

* Returning starters/letter winners: 5/10.

* Outlook: Forest Park was hard to figure last season. The Bruins beat Potomac (18-7), Oakton (17-8) and Hylton (20-4), but split with Osbourn Park (4-18) and Gar-Field (6-16). But because the second-year program had no seniors, perhaps those inconsistencies will be ironed out this season.

"They're a year older; that's the best thing about it," said Kelly, who with a more veteran team now plans to take more of a hands-off approach on game nights. "I finally have experience. My [original] freshmen are now juniors. There's a lot of growth I can already see. You can't teach experience."

First-team all-district selection DeCarol Davis leads a talented group that will be pushed by newcomers so promising that Kelly figures she has two varsity-level teams, which will allow her to mix and match at will.

The Bruins plan to simplify their motion offense -- a move that paid off last year with a win over Hylton in the regular season finale -- and press up and down the floor. They are 2-10 against Cardinal competition.

ROSTER

P

Name

Ht.

Yr.

PPG

G

Amanda Bates

5-5

Jr.

7.1

G

Ashleigh Braxton

5-10

Fr.

--

G

DeCarol Davis

5-5

Jr.

9.2

G

Whitney French

5-4

Jr.

5.8

F

Keshia Gibbs

5-11

Soph.

1.2

F

Pashionete Gibbs

5-11

Sr.

2.8

C

Demetria Haralson

5-10

Soph.

0.0

F

Mariam Hashimi

5-8

Sr.

--

G

Kianta Johnson

5-7

Jr.

--

G

Courtney Portell

5-7

Soph.

6.8

F

Brenan Richards

5-10

Jr.

6.1

F

Carolyn Scott

5-10

Soph.

3.1

G

Keisha Valentine

5-5

Jr.

8.9

G/F

Monica Wright

5-9

Fr.

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SCHEDULE

Dec. 10: Stonewall Jackson; 13: Osbourn; 16: Holy Cross (Md.); 18: Culpeper; 19: at Colonial Forge; 26-28: Westfield tournament.

Jan. 3: Osbourn Park; 7: at Potomac; 8: Colonial Forge; 10: Woodbridge; 14: Gar-Field; 17: at Hylton; 24: at Stonewall Jackson; 28: at Osbourn; 29: at Culpeper; 31: at Osbourn Park.

Feb. 4: Potomac; 7: at Woodbridge; 11: at Gar-Field; 14: Hylton.