Wilton-Lyndeborough starts out on the road

If you’re planning to see the Wilton-Lyndeborough High School girls basketball team play in 2013, you’re going to have to go on the road.

In fact, unless you can make the Warriors’ home game on Jan. 3 against Epping, there’s going to be a long wait to see WLC play on its own court this year.

The Warriors start the Division IV season with three road games, followed by an appearance in the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament at Keene State College. When the regular season resumes, WLC has that one home game against the Blue Devils and then plays three more road games.

“I think we’re going to have our hands full for a while, but we’ll get better as the season goes,” Warriors coach Denny Claire said. “We start off with a tough schedule.”

Not only are the Warriors, who went 7-12 last year, starting off on the road, they face perhaps three of the division’s best teams to start the season.

“We’re going to get tested,” Claire said. “We open with Sunapee, which is probably the preseason favorite, and then Hinsdale next. They’re both semifinalists from last year and they’ve got everybody back basically. And then we have to go to Derryfield, and they’re going to be pretty good.”

While the Warriors return some solid players at guard, including senior captain Sam Bosquet, they were hit hard at the post positions, losing two players to graduation, along with junior Jenna Bragdon to an injury. WLC will turn to junior Rachel Graves to fill that void early in the year.

“(Graves) runs the floor well, she has a nice bank shot and she’s strong,” Claire said. “Our post players, we’ve got just two, and one played JV last year, so it’s hard to say. We’ve got some good, solid guards and two or three good players off the bench.”

Joining Bosquet in the backcourt will be sophomores Ally Schwab and Tessa Simpson. Claire expects Schwab to handle some of the point guard duties to let Bosquet operate more off the ball on offense.

“They’re a fun crew,” Claire said. “I have to get on them once and a while, but I don’t have to worry about chemistry.”