WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Harding returns three starters from last year’s team as many first-year players will be asked to step into prominent roles.

Juniors Zoey Jenkins (4.2 ppg), Marah Engram (4.4 ppg), Dasani Williamson (1.8 ppg), Aaliyah Cole (6.2 ppg) and Chayse Powell (1.2 ppg) are all back in the fold as they’ll all be expected to contribute this season. Freshmen guards Cayden Reed and Akeelha Barnes will see significant time this season as well.

A large group of ninth grade girls – along with Reed and Barnes – could see plenty of playing time with Gianna Pompelia, Trinity Taylor, Ja’Leah Provitt, Nadia McQueen, Hannah and Haley Brown all in the mix. Junior post player Dynasty Brown should have her opportunity as well.

“We’re hoping to build off of their great preseason and summer workouts,” states coach Frank Caputo. “We’re a young [team] having no seniors this year but will look to have a high-intensity, high-pressure defense and return to the old days of the Runnin’ Raiders on offense where we look to push the ball with high speed. The 2022-2023 season will truly be a test for the young Lady Raiders. The Raiders will look for key contributions from their juniors of Marah Engram, Zoey Jenkins, Aaliyah Cole, Chayse Powell, Dynasty Brown and Dasani Williamson. We’ll also lean on a freshman group of Akeelha Barnes, Cayden Reed, Trinity Taylor, Gianna Pompelia, Nadia McQueen Ja’Leah Provitt and Hannah and Haley Brown who will all give major minutes as freshmen.”

The Raiders will open against Kenmore-Garfield on November 26.

Warren Harding Raiders
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Frank Caputo
2021-22 Record: 4-18 (0-8), 5th place in All-American Conference
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Canfield (53-18) in the Sectional Semifinal

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 26 – at Kenmore-Garfield
Nov. 28 – Firestone
Nov. 30 – at Akron North
Dec. 3 – at Lakeview
Dec. 7 – at Cardinal Mooney
Dec. 10 – at Chaney
Dec. 14 – at Ursuline
Dec. 17 – TBA
Dec. 21 – at Howland
Dec. 29 – Beaumont
Dec. 30 – Mentor
Jan. 4 – at Fitch
Jan. 7 – at Canfield
Jan. 9 – Maple Heights
Jan. 11 – Boardman
Jan. 14 – at Massillon
Jan. 18 – Orange
Jan. 21 – East
Jan. 25 – Howland
Jan. 28 – Fitch
Feb. 1 – Canfield
Feb. 4 – at Boardman