Three-time reigning Woodland East champion Shorewood knows Cudahy will be seen as the preseason favorite this year, but that doesn't mean the Greyhounds are going quietly.
The team did graduate seven seniors, including league Player of the Year Jada Stackhouse, but the young roster Shorewood relies upon will still be equipped to open some eyes.
"Certainly, we're not favored, but we're not giving it up," Shorewood coach Jeff Eimers said.
In an 83-44 win over Golda Meir on Nov. 15, freshman point guard Khamya McNeal announced her arrival with 24 points and 14 assists.
"She's fun to watch and a nice addition to our team," Eimers said. "She has a lot of experience with Playground Elite, and she's always been playing up a little, so she's a freshman that was playing against sophomores (at the club level). She's ready."
Eimers said junior Natalie Tomaszewski, standing at 6-3, has come a long way from her second-team All-Conference season last year. She'll be one of the elders in the starting lineup that, at least against Golda Meier, featured a freshman, two sophomores and two juniors.
Sophomore Olivia Reilly had 22 points, and fellow sophomore Olivia Kessenich added 6. Senior Liza Krioutchenkov, coming off the bench, had 7 points.
"We were able to run the ball," Eimers said. "We could get the defensive rebound and push it up the court. It's something we work on quite a bit, and it worked quite well the first half. They had some very nice players; we just have some very athletic players and had the advantage."
Junior McKayla Murray rounded out the starting five with 4 points. She played on the Shorewood JV last year.
"The weakness is our depth," Eimers said. "I'd love to go man to man (on defense), but we don't go 10 deep, so that dictates what we can do a little bit."
After facing West Allis Central on Nov. 22, Shorewood was set to face Milwaukee North on Nov. 25 in the Shorewood holiday tournament. The winner will face either Messmer or Milwaukee School of Languages, which fell to Hayward in last year's Division 3 state-championship game.