* Coach: Larry Nemerow (second year).

* Last season: 4-18, 1-5 (lost to Potomac, 54-31, in Cedar Run District semifinals).

* Returning starters/letter winners: 4/6.

* Outlook: Last preseason, Nemerow cautioned the Yellow Jackets might have to take a couple of steps backward before they could progress. The team followed through on that prediction by winning its fewest number of games in more than a decade.

But now Osbourn Park might be ready to make that forward move, with a host of experienced contributors -- including the top three scorers from a year ago -- and help from a 16-1 junior varsity team. The school entered two squads in the Metro South league last summer to better assess the prospects.

"When it comes to shooting and ballhandling and defense, we're a little better at every single spot," said Nemerow, who coached his school's boys' soccer team to a state final appearance last spring. "A lot is going to depend on if we can develop a point guard. In basketball, on offense, it's hard to be better than what your point guard is."

Sarah Thompson, who could play any of the five spots on the floor, might settle in at the point based on her strong court awareness.

The Yellow Jackets are somewhat battle-tested already -- they scrimmaged Robinson (16-9) and Madison (21-5) on consecutive days.

ROSTER

P

Name

Ht.

Yr.

PPG

G

Alydia Davis

5-6

Fr.

--

C

Jennifer DeMeyer

6-1

Soph.

5.5

F

Kirsten McKevitt

5-7

Jr.

--

F

Samantha McMillan

5-8

Jr.

--

C

Renee Messier

5-10

Sr.

1.5

G

Erin Myers

5-7

Jr.

8.6

G

Sheena Parker

5-5

Jr.

--

G

Rosanna Payne

5-6

Jr.

--

F

Kat Rippe

5-11

Sr.

7.0

G

Reba Stewart

5-6

Jr.

2.5

C

Annie Suliga

6-0

Jr.

1.1

G

Sarah Thompson

5-10

Jr.

7.2

F

Ashley Wilson

5-8

Jr.

3.5

SCHEDULE

Dec. 6: Hylton; 10: at Stafford; 11: Colonial Forge; 13: at Gar-Field; 19: at North Stafford; 26-28: Westfield tournament.

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

Feb. 4: at Woodbridge; 7: at Stonewall Jackson; 11: at Potomac; 14: at Osbourn.