Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Upper St. Clair girls basketball team.
(Photo: Madison Serio Averaged 11.1 points per game last season for the Upper St. Clair girls basketball team. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"There is a lot of experience returning this season on the Upper St. Clair girls basketball, but as far as playing in first-year coach Pete Serio's system, there is a lot of inexperience in that regard.
Serio has taken over for Ernie Koontz, who resigned under pressure after last season after 29 years as head coach. Serio has previously coached teams at Mt. Lebanon, Bishop Canevin and Peters Township where he last coached during the 2008-09 season.
Since then, Serio, who is the husband of University of Pittsburgh women's basketball coach Susie McConnell Serio, has been watching his daughters play, including Madison Serio, who is a senior guard on this year's team and one of a number of talented returning starters.
Serio watched from the stands last season as the Panthers won 14 games, finished tied for second place in Section 4-AAAA and reached the WPIAL playoffs where they fell to eventual runner-up Hempfield Area in the first round."