With a different roster makeup than a year ago, Wauwatosa East girls basketball coach Rob Hamill anticipates his team utilizing a different style of play in 2016-17.
The Red Raiders graduated seven seniors from last year's team that finished 17-8 overall and 7-7 in the Greater Metro Conference.
"We won't have the same height or length as last year, but we will be quicker and more interested in deliberately playing a more uptempo brand of basketball," Hamill said. "This is one of the most athletic and coachable groups that I have been associated with in my years at East."
Last season, the Red Raiders downed Wauwatosa West (74-42) and Shorewood (44-36) before falling to Pius XI (50-37) in the sectional semifinal.
Tosa East must replace three of its top four scorers, including Bailey Berlin (11.1 points), Maya Walls (7.8 points) and Tori Logan (7.0 points).
After earning honorable mention All-Greater Metro honors as a freshman, Brooklyn Blackburn is the Red Raiders' leading returning scorer at 8.2 points per game.
She will be joined by fellow returnees senior forward Johanna Taylor, senior guard-forward Cora Bilitz and junior guard-forward Elizabeth Bueckers.
Guard Mariana Ibanez-Baldor, guard Sydney Halstead, guard Molly Persin and forward Anna Watry are newcomers that could have an impact for the Red Raiders.
"I think they are quick learners and are ready to challenge every opponent on our schedule," Hamill said. "I'm really looking forward to working with them.
"If we can continue to play with the intensity and defensive focus that we have shown thus far we will have success. I also think we will have solid leadership with our two returning seniors. They get it."
Tosa East will begin its season with a road game at Wisconsin Lutheran at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. The Red Raiders will then face Milwaukee Marshall in their home opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.