TORONTO - Mallory Blanton is in her third year as the Toronto girls' basketball coach and things are different for the Red Knights alum.
"I have very good leaders and a good amount of players with varsity experience which will hopefully give us an advantage in some close games," she said. "With having a little more success last season, it seemed to fuel their desire to work harder and will to win. They are finally learning how to play to win."
Toronto did not graduate a player off last year's seven-victory team, meaning there is a lot of experience, which is led by seniors Kayla Brown, Mariah Turner, Shane Sears and Becca Schaming.
The leading scorer also returns in junior Lindsay Bodnar.
"The older girls know what I expect from them individually and as a whole," Blanton said.
"They are very good at helping the younger ones to learn and catch up to speed and my expectations. We can take more time on picking our plays and defenses apart allowing us to break them down and build them back up. We also have more time going over different situations and the 'what if this happens' scenarios.
"The girls also have a better knowledge of the game."
Juniors Katie Spadafora and Mykia West, sophomores Makayla Bauman, Malaysia Harrison and Big Red transfer Lexie Berger and freshman Miranda Robinson round out a Toronto roster of players looking for some big things.
"We are very excited for the season to start and to see how the season unfolds," Blanton said. "The girls have worked hard on the offseason and seem very anxious to get going."