RICHMOND - The good news for first-year coach Jason Ensinger is the Edison girls' basketball team lost only three players last season's 19-3 team.
The bad news is they were the Wildcats' top three scorers - Savannah Snyder along with sisters Kayla and Kristin Prokopakis.
''We graduated about 40 points per game, so things on the offensive end are going to be a work in progress,'' Ensinger said. ''We will definitely be leaning on our defense early on to get us some points.
''Sometimes the best offense is a good defense.''
Returning to the starting lineup for Edison are senior Molly McCoy and junior Abby Fonow.
''Molly McCoy and Abby Fonow return from last year's starting five with Molly taking over at point guard and Abby returning to the post,'' Ensinger said. ''Molly is a leader by example. She works hard every day and has really elevated her game as she has been asked to step into a lot of different roles for our team this year.
''Abby will be counted on to pick up some of the scoring slack, as she was mainly counted on for rebounding and help defense last year."
Katelyn Pollock enters the starting lineup for Ensinger after being the team's top bench player a year ago.
''Katelyn - our do-everything sixth man from last year - will bring her versatility to the starting line-up,'' Ensinger said. ''Depending on the match-up she could start at any of the five positions this year.''
There remains a battle for the final two spots in the starting lineup with juniors Meghan Scott, Lynsey Morrison, Kayli Stewart, and Maddy Hunter all vying for playing time. Sophomore Paige Reynolds should see time as well.
''Meghan is a scrappy defender, who will be counted on for offensive and defensive rebounding," Ensinger said. ''Lynsey worked hard in the offseason on her shot and is poised to help out in the scoring column.
''Kayli is a very active defender capable of playing guard or forward, and Maddy could end up splitting ball-handling duties with Molly.
''Paige Reynolds will be counted on to provide some depth inside."
Ensinger hopes that his team's work ethic, along with the position flexibility he has with some of his players, will offset his team's overall inexperience and lack of height.
''Making the most of your opportunities has been a frequently used expression at practice,'' Ensinger said. ''Make the easy shots count, give max effort every time you step on the floor, take care of the ball, and big picture. There are roles that need filled, it's a matter of who will step up and fill them.
''Staying injury free and out of foul trouble will be a key with us because an eight-person rotation gets thin fast if those things start getting factored in.''