YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Expectations have risen at East High School with the return of five starters from a year ago.

Samair Colon led the team in scoring by averaging 14.5 points per game is joined by Joielle Reynolds (5.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg), Alyssa Crankfield (9.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg), Brianna Wright (3.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and Yelian Seda (2.2 ppg).

Colon just didn’t lead the Golden Bears in scoring but also finished with 4.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists during her junior year. Colon shot 33% from three-point range and 66.7% from the foul line. Crankfield led the group in rebounding and also, she blocked three shots per outing. She shot 51% from the floor a year ago.

Coach Tanisha Franklin says, “Expectations are high [as] we have everyone retuning from last year’s team. We’re starting three sophomores so we’re still very young and inexperienced. We only have two seniors [on our roster].”

East will open against Lakeview on November 18.

East Golden Bears
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Tanisha Franklin
2021-22 Record: 6-11
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Kenston (47-37) in Sectional Semifinal

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 41.4
Scoring Defense: 37.9

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Samair Colon, 14.5
Rebounding: Alyssa Crankfield, 9.1
Assists: Samair Colon, 4.1

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 18 – at Lakeview
Nov. 21 – Struthers
Nov. 23 – Leetonia
Nov. 28 – Liberty
Nov. 30 – Niles
Dec. 2 – at Akron North
Dec. 10 – John Marshall
Dec. 15 – at Beaver Local
Dec. 19 – Warren JFK
Dec. 21 – at Cardinal Mooney
Dec. 29 – East Palestine
Jan. 4 – Chaney
Jan. 7 – Ursuline
Jan. 14 – at Boardman
Jan. 16 – at Valley Christian
Jan. 18 – at Howland
Jan. 21 – at Harding
Jan. 25 – Cardinal Mooney
Feb. 1 – at Ursuline
Feb. 3 – at Chaney
Feb. 6 – Akron North
Feb. 9 – at Lowellville