* Coach: Larry Baker (fourth year, 52-29).

* Last season: 6-16, 1-5 (lost to Hylton, 47-34, in Cardinal District semifinals).

* Returning starters/letter winners: 2/12.

* Outlook: There may not be a team more eager to start the season than the Indians, who last year, for the first time since the 1980s, did not win 20 games, and for the first time in 14 years did not qualify for the Northwestern Region tournament.

Gar-Field's rebuilding woes came at a time when Woodbridge and Hylton were combining to go 43-9, which only highlighted the Indians' struggles. Gar-Field did recover to win four of its last six regular season games, with three victories over teams it had lost to earlier in the season. That progress has continued.

"I've been really impressed with the way they've worked in the offseason as far as conditioning, and the work they've done during the summer and fall leagues," Baker said. "They're in the process now of learning each other. We'll just see how it jells."

The Indians return eight of their 10 leading scorers, including post player Jessica Peters (46.3 percent from field) and outside threat Shannon Massie (23 three-pointers).

Another key will be center Tina Roebuck, who missed most of last season but made tremendous strides during the summer. Potomac transfer Jameka Smith (8.7 ppg) also should provide a noticeable boost.

Two team concerns from last year -- 28 turnovers per game and 53.2 percent accuracy on free throws.

ROSTER

P

Name

Ht.

Yr.

PPG

F

Nicole Atkinson

5-9

Jr.

4.5

G

Hawsatou Barry

5-4

Sr.

1.3

G

Jackie Cozza

5-7

Fr.

--

G

Mackenzie Ebling

5-9

Jr.

2.2

G

Lauren Firich

5-5

Fr.

--

F

Rebecca Horesky

5-10

Soph.

1.1

G

Devona Knight

5-9

Fr.

--

F

Dede Lockett

5-10

Sr.

1.8

G

Sarah Malene

5-5

Soph.

1.9

G

Shannon Massie

5-8

Sr.

9.2

F

Megan Parker

5-9

Jr.

0.7

C

Jessica Peters

6-3

Sr.

9.6

C

Tina Roebuck

6-1

Jr.

3.3

G

Jameka Smith

5-10

Soph.

--

F

Krysten Warren

5-9

Jr.

0.3

SCHEDULE

Dec. 6-7: Adelphia Challenge, Albemarle HS; 13: Osbourn Park; 17: at North Stafford; 19: Potomac; 20: O'Connell; 26-28: Westfield tournament.

Jan. 3: Osbourn; 7: Stonewall Jackson; 10: at Hylton; 14: at Forest Park; 17: Woodbridge; 24: at Potomac; 28: at Osbourn Park; 31: at Osbourn.

Feb. 4: at Stonewall Jackson; 7: Hylton; 11: Forest Park; 14: at Woodbridge.