The MICDS girls basketball team won their first 14 games of the 2010-11 season.
The Rams, who have several players returning from that team, are once again off to a hot start. They improved to 4-0 Tuesday night with a 49-29 win over Clayton at MICDS.
MICDS is without leading scorer Delaney Hobbs but the Rams return three starters in Campbell Torchin, Emily Kyman and Cameron Jackson. They are joined by experienced varsity players Josie Cusworth and Caroline Militello as well as talented freshmen Maya Howard and Courtney Kaplan.
"We are not a big team but we have some experience and some skill," MICDS coach Scott Small said. "And I like what I have seen so far with the chemistry. These girls get along well together and they are very competitive kids."
Because of the lack of size one of the keys for this year's team will be pressure defense. It was on display Tuesday as the Rams forced 27 Greyhound turnovers, 12 of them coming in the first quarter.
"We will certainly pressure people this year," Small said. "When we work hard we can cover a lot of space on the floor."
Clayton actually led 6-5 early in the game but the Rams held the Greyhounds without a point for over 10 minutes. MICDS had a 19-point run during that span which was fueled by the freshmen, who scored the first eight points of the second quarter.
"This is an unselfish team and we can go eight or nine deep," Small said. "We don't have to rely on one particular player to score."
Sophomore Emily Kyman has had a quick start to the season, averaging 18 points a game coming into Tuesday. She was once again in double figures with 11 points, which led the team, but it was a well-balanced Ram attack as nine different players scored.
Lacei Sams came off the bench to score 11 points to pace the Greyhounds, who fell to 0-7 for the season.