(MAYSVILLE, Mo.) The Maysville girls basketball team had a big turnover from last season, losing six players in their back court
But you wouldn't know it from looking at their record, as head coach Mike Trussel has the Lady Wolverines rolling early.
"This year I didn't expect to start so quick," he said. "It's a little bit scary because we always plan on playing our best at the end. We can get a lot better, we know that."
"We have some new people playing varsity," junior forward Danielle Boucher said. "They're just getting used to it, but once we get the rough edges smoothed out I think we're going to be pretty unstoppable."
An 8-1 start has Maysville ranked fourth in the state in Class 2.
Aside from their lone defeat against Trenton, the ladies have beaten everyone by double digits. Trussel said it helps that the chemistry of this group is different than in years past.
"They don't care if they score," he said. "They're all about defending and helping with the press and the half court defense. I think that's part of it. We just have a variety and we can do a lot of things."
"The post area is a lot stronger this year. We've got bigger girls and they're stronger now. I think that's balancing out our guard play," said senior guard Tori Blythe, who recently passed the 1,000 career point mark.
It's not the first time Maysville has charged out of the gate like this. They posted 10-1 starts and state tournament berths each of the last two years.
The goal now is carrying that success even deeper into the postseason.
"My last two years, we lost a sectional game. It's been pretty tough. We really want to get past that milestone this year, and all the girls are really want to do that this year. I really hope we do."
But, knowing they're not going to sneak up on anyone through their conference schedule, the ladies don't have time to discuss their ranking.
They're too busy just going about business as usual.
"We don't really talk about it. I think there's only a few girls that actually know about it. We just try to stay humble and we know at any time anybody can come up and just step on us."
"The seniors this year, they're sitting at 70 wins," Trussel said. "That's all they know. We don't talk about the rankings, we just take it one game at a time. I know that's cliche, but we just focus on the next game, hopefully take care of business, and move on."