WATKINS GLEN, NY (WENY) - Last season was an incredible one for the Watkins Glen girls basketball team. Not only did they secure the Section IV Class C title, they made a run all the way to the state title game. A return to that game is the goal for this season, even with a new look Seneca squad.

Watkins Glen will tip-off their season on Tuesday, December 3rd in Dryden at 7:00 PM. Their first home game will follow on Friday, December 6th against Lansing at 7:30 PM. 

The Senecas went 19-5 last season, beating Unatego for the Section IV Class C title. They made a run all the way to the state championship game, before falling to Cambridge. Head Coach Alicia Learn believes the experience will be beneficial to both the girls who were on the team last year, and newcomers to the team. She says, "It was nice to have some of the same girls on this team now and the young girls saw that and were able to see how exciting it is. I think that kind of helps, but really to just know that that's our goal every year is to get back there." 

Watkins Glen lost 5 seniors, including 3 starters, to graduation. The Senecas are out to prove they are still a formidable team in Class C. Senior Kelsey Kirnan says, "I want to go all the way this year again and this time hopefully win it. I want to prove to everyone, sure we lost some good players, but this does not mean we're a bad team. We're a great team." Her senior teammate Adrienna Solomon adds, "I know everyone is going to say we lost some key players but we all have really good chemistry and we've been playing with each other for a very long time."

When talking about where the Senecas will be particularly strong this season, Learn points to the defensive end. She says, "I mean every year is a different team so that's kind of nice. I think our defense, I've always been a defensive coach, so I'm hoping to still stay strong on defense." 

Meanwhile, Solomon talked about what we can expect from Watkins Glen offensively. She says, "We're definitely really good at shooting this year. I feel like we'll be better than last year at shooting and driving to the basket."