MARTINSVILLE — Last year with nine players, Martinsville went 11-19, and this year the Lady Bluestreaks, coached by Josh Roberts, have 10 players.
Martinsville is a young team with no seniors, one junior, six sophomores and three freshmen. Half of the team is returning in junior Aubrey Hook and sophomore Courtney Davidson, Emily Parcel, Payton Propst and Lindsay Higgins.
"We have been able to scrimmage and compete against each other which has been different in years past," said Roberts. "It is definitely nice to have at least 10, being able to do different drills and scrimmage to prepare."
The Lady Bluestreaks lost only one player from last season, but it was second team all-Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division player Audria Truelove, who averaged a team-high 10.1 points per game.
Propst (5-8) and Parcel (5-6) were second and third on the team in scoring at 7.8 and 8.3 points per game, respectively.
"I believe we'll have a more well-balanced team where we could have a few different leading scorers on any given night," said Roberts. "I believe Parcel and Propst will be key contributors in scoring for us."
Martinsville has some size with Davidson, 5-10 and Higgins at 5-11.
"I still consider us a guard-oriented team," said Roberts. "That being said, we are still planning to find the best possible ways to utilize their height and getting them the ball."
Martinsville averaged 34.8 points per game last season, while allowing 46.8.
"For the most part we are looking to play man-to-man defense, but instances might change where we may mix it up a bit," said Roberts.
Roberts expects the team to be a quick/athletic group.
"I believe each of the 10 players has a little something different to offer," said Roberts. "I think the freshmen will contribute and have an impact. They are still learning, just like the sophomores last year as freshmen did, but I believe that they have a better opportunity to get worked into a better position to succeed."
Martinsville was 1-3 in the LOVC Southeast Division last season. They are to play host to Tri-County Jan. 10 in the division opener. This season they are to be in a Christmas Tournament at Meridian instead of the Okaw Valley Holiday Tournament.
"We want to continue to build on last year and be competitive in every game," said Roberts. "I'm excited for this season and about this group of girls. They have good team chemistry and it has been very positive, and it shows in practice and the effort we've been getting in practice."