Four-year starting guards Lyndsey Hoyd and Samantha Bloom are known commodities when it comes to scouting the Riverside-Brookfield High School girls basketball team.

The talented tandem provides the Bulldogs with essentially everything including leadership, toughness, scoring, playmaking and defense.

Through five games, Bloom is averaging 14.8 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. Hoyd’s numbers are very similar at 12.4 ppg, 3.2 apg, and 1.4 rpg.

While coach Dallas Till is still figuring out the best combinations for the rest of the lineup, the veteran coach is encouraged by what he’s seen five games into the season.

RBHS is 4-1 after the Maine East Invite with ample room for growth.

“I’m proud about the way we have played the first five games,” Till said. “I’m still assessing our team dynamic at this point and roles of our newcomers. Our free throw shooting has been a pleasant surprise.

“We need to work on consistency and rebounding and better efficiency in our half-court offense.

Till praised Sarah JnoBaptiste, Maggie Shereck, Maddie Meehan, Coco Murray, Vasara Kulbis, Sophia Bolton and Therese Hanley for their contributions this season.

Meehan, a sophomore who cracked the starting lineup last season, has been a godsend on the boards for the undersized Bulldogs. She’s pulling down 10.2 rebounds and scoring 6.4 points per game.

JnoBaptiste has also played well as a freshman, scoring 6.2 points per game.

Shereck and Murray gained valuable experience last year on the varsity.

After a 2-1 start at the Maine East Invite, RBHS (4-1) picked up a pair of victories at the tourney last week.

 The Bulldogs blasted North Chicago 62-27 on Nov. 23 behind 14 points apiece from Bloom and Hoyd. Meehan excelled on the boards, with 15 rebounds including nine on the offensive glass. RBHS also earned a 66-46 win against Maine East on Nov. 21. Bloom led the victors with 22 points, six assists and three steals. JnoBaptiste had a breakout game with 22 points (8-for-17 shooting) and seven rebounds. Hoyd chipped in 10 points and four assists. Meehan finished with six points and 14 rebounds.

The Bulldogs also played their customary up-tempo style against Maine East with 16 fast-break points and 25 points off turnovers.

RBHS hosts its next couple of games, against Wheaton Academy on Thursday, Dec. 1 and Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Dec. 8. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

The team will also be home for Christmas as hosts of the Riverside-Brookfield Holiday Classic, held from Dec. 26-30.

“We love hosting our Christmas tournament,” Till said. “It’s great for our players and fans because everything is so convenient. And the other teams and their fans get to see different opponents. The field of teams is competitive and we hope to play well at our home tournament.”