One year ago, freshman Hannah Belanger burst upon the Grafton girls basketball scene and left quite an impression.
Belanger averaged a team-high 18.2 points, connecting on 50 shots from 3-point range and shooting 86 percent at the free-throw line to earn first-team all-North Shore Conference honors.
She helped the Black Hawks to a fine 18-6 season, including 9-5 in the North Shore Conference, good for fourth place.
Grafton will try for an encore under new head coach Mike Grzesiak, who takes over for Steve Reinhardt.
"We have experienced players who know how to win and want to continue to build on last year," said Grzesiak, who is in his first year as a head coach. "We should have strong guard play."
Besides Belanger, a 5-foot-8-inch guard, the Hawks have other returnees in 5-9 senior forward Chloe Doring, who was second on the team in scoring with 9.3 points per outing, and 5-11 senior forward Madison Tomashek, who tallied four points per game.
Other key players include 5-5 senior guard Lizzie Huettner and 5-7 sophomore guard Hailey Block, both who saw some varsity time last season.
Grzesiak said the key to the season might be for the Hawks to develop an inside game to go with the perimeter play.
The coach said Germantown, Homestead and Cedarburg are the top three teams in the NSC at this point.
The Hawks open the season at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Messmer. They then meet Campbellsport at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at home.
Their North Shore debut comes at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Whitefish Bay.