YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Last year, Ursuline dropped seven of their nine contests that were decided by 10-points or less. “We were in a lot of games last year,” states coach Bernard Scott. “We just couldn’t finish them. I’m expecting us to take the next step to be able to win those close games.”

The Irish return five starters in Lily Scott, Alayna Smith, Chelsea Johnson, Meredith Gray and Grace Leslie. Coach Scott spoke highly of Lily and Alayna. “Lily plays hard on both ends of the court. She’s probably the best on-ball defender in our area. Alayna is [tough] to guard. She’s a versatile forward that gives opponents problems, plays with energy and fire. If [both] can be consistent this year, you’ll see this team take a big step forward.”

“We’re relying on our upper classmen to lead this team on-and-off the court,” says Scott. “Players like Meredith, Lily, Chelsea, Grace and Katie Koulianos need to lead by example.” Ursuline are has a handful of newcomers in the mix this year in Carly Casey, Julie Lee, Brooklyn Brown and Brooke Opalick.

Ursuline is set to open play on November 28 when they’ll visit Howland.

Ursuline Fighting Irish
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Bernard Scott
2021-22 Record: 9-14 (4-2), 2nd place in Steel Valley
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Brookfield (57-41) in District Semifinal

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 41.5
Scoring Defense: 40.9

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 28 – at Howland
Nov. 30 – at Lakeview
Dec. 3 – at Badger
Dec. 5 – South Range
Dec. 7 – at Canfield
Dec. 10 – United
Dec. 14 – Harding
Dec. 17 – at West Branch
Dec. 21 – at Chaney
Dec. 28 – at Liberty
Jan. 2 – at Struthers
Jan. 4 – Cardinal Mooney
Jan. 7 – at East
Jan. 14 – Fitch
Jan. 16 – Chaney
Jan. 18 – St. Vincent-St. Mary
Jan. 21 – Girard
Jan. 28 – Salem
Feb. 1 – East
Feb. 4 – at Cardinal Mooney
Feb. 9 – at Hubbard
Feb. 11 – at Canton Central Catholic