BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Union High School girls basketball team could be the Rocky Balboa of Division 1.

Undersized, yet always dangerous.

The Colonels, who went 7-13 last season, will open up with a home game against Twin Valley at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 -- not Christmas Day in Russia as they may prefer.

"We will still be small, but will try to make up for that with our speed and athleticism. One of our strengths is that we really don’t have a main player, but have any number of players who could lead us in scoring on any given night," said BUHS coach Paul Freed.

It will be junior point guard Abbie Lesure’s job to get the ball to those scorers. Taylor Bird and Megan Siggins will likely be the team’s deadliest outside shooters.

"Abbie has really matured with her decision making and is becoming more of an offensive threat," added Freed. "Maddie (Derosia) has also improved with her offensive skills and confidence."

The Colonels were in a zone in mid February of 2012, as they won at MAU, 42-40. Ari Harrison had a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Kayla Savage chipped in with 11 points on that night.

Freed said that Harrison is a force under the hoop and the team’s leading rebounder. He called Savage his most consistent player.

"We will get after teams defensively with our man defense and try to get some easy hoops. We will work hard on our transition game as well to also create some easy baskets," said the veteran coach, who noted that Meghan Powell has really blossomed, Aidan Early is a very athletic post player, and that Daisy Giroux has been working hard at the defensive end.

BUHS girls basketball roster: Coach -- Paul Freed. Seniors -- Ari Harrison, Kayla Savage, Megan Siggins, Daisy Giroux, Aidan Early. Juniors -- Abbie Lesure, Maddie Derosia, Taylor Bird, Meghan Powell, Katie Damian, Nina Goodhue, Emily Rounds.

Shane Covey can be reached at scovey@reformer.com or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.