The Wellesley girls basketball team looks to have another successful year. Last season, they finished the season with an overall record of 16-6, and defeated Whitman-Hanson in the first round, then fell to Mansfield in the quarterfinals of the Div. 1 south tournament.

The one word that comes to mind when you mention the Wellesley girls basketball program is consistency.

Since being moved up to Division 1 in 2010, the Raiders have qualified for the South sectional tournament every year.

Last year, the Raiders finished the season with an overall record of 16-6. After defeating Whitman-Hanson in the first round, they fell to Mansfield in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 South tournament.

Wellesley won back-to-back Bay State Conference (Herget Division) titles in 2016 and 2017. Last season they fell a bit short, as Natick claimed last year’s crown.

“I expect our team to compete in every game. We lost a couple key seniors last season, but I think these girls are ready to lead by example,” said Wellesley coach Glen Magpiong. “We had a good first week of practice, and I hope we can continue that.

“We have a handful of players who play year round. A lot of them play AAU basketball on different teams throughout the summer and fall. I feel like our girls are prepared and ready to go this season.”

The Raiders are lucky to have back their five senior captains, including Gianna Palli, Brooke Guiffre, Molly Cronin, Lily Woodring and Annie Ward.

"We’re expecting a lot from our captains this season,” said Magpiong. “Not just on the court, but we’re expecting each of them to fill in an exceptional leadership role.”

Also starring for the Raiders will be two juniors, guard Anna Glashow and forward Allison Goehringer, who have showed a lot of promise in the first week of practice, according to Magpiong.

“Anna and Allison have had great starts in practice thus far," Magpiong said. "We’re expecting a lot from those two to be factors for us down the stretch this season."

When setting out a goal for the season, Magpiong simply asked his players what they wanted out of this season.

“I passed out a sheet to all 13 players on our team to fill out each of their top three goals for this season,” said Magpiong. “We’ll have 39 goals on whatever they’d like to accomplish, whether it’s a league title, making a deep tournament run or state title, we want to accomplish as many goals as possible.”

Wellesley will have a midseason treat when they play at TD Garden on Jan. 6.

The Raiders will play Maryland powerhouse McDonough High School as a part of the Good Sports TD Garden Invitational at 11 a.m. Tickets are on sale for $16. Contact Magpiong for tickets and information.

“From what I’ve heard, McDonough is a nationally ranked team, so it will be a great test for our team,” said Magpiong. “It will be awesome to play at the TD Garden during the season. We're really looking forward to that game.”

According to Magpiong, defense is an aspect they will rely heavily on down the stretch this season.

“It’s all about emphasizing our team to play good defense," Magpiong said. "I’d like to put players in the right position to succeed and for them to play to their strengths."

Wellesley will open up the season on Wednesday, Dec. 12, hosting Bay State Conference opponent Walpole at 6:30 p.m.

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