In those three games, a team has yet to hit the 40-point mark against the Royals, and there is no doubt defense will be a key to their success this season.
“It’s going to be vital,” Jay head coach Jorey Diamond said. “Our defense gets us going on the offensive end. A lot of times, it fuels our offense.”
Jaylen Routley is the lone senior and Madalyn Grimes is the team’s only junior. Seven players are either eighth graders or freshmen.
“We’re going to kind of learn as we go,” Diamond said. “You have to take the good days with the bad days. We’re working on the things we need to work on and trying to be patient. That’s the biggest thing.”
Though there will be up and down moments, and even some growing pains, Diamond knows he can count on his team to compete night in and night out. Effort doesn’t appear as if it’s ever going to be an issue.
“I love how competitive we are,” Diamond said. “The thing we have to do because we are so young is learn how to not be an enemy to ourselves. We are our own worst enemy at times. If we can get that out of our game, I feel good about where this group is headed.”
Defensively, the Royals get after it. Offensively, there is some work to do.
“We’ve got to execute on offense. I love how we play defense. I never have to question that,” Diamond said.
Contending in the district in beyond, however, in the 1A classification means finding a way to knock off Paxton. The two teams were slated to meet for the first time on Dec. 6 in Jay.
“We’re looking to shortening the gap. We’ll see if we can do that a little and make a run,” Diamond said.
Diamond is looking forward to seeing how things play out this year after all the work his team put in during the months leading up to the season.
“I’m excited. I know we are young, but the girls have worked hard in the off-season. If we can get the kinks worked out, we’re going to be alright.”