The three-time defending Kansas City Kansas - Atchison League women's basketball champions from Sumner Academy will look different this year.
A lot different.
Losing seniors Kathleen Brisbane, Alexandria Blaurock and Shanice Palmer was tough enough.
However, it was later in the school year when head coach Torrence Allen learned that he was losing junior Sameia Kendall. Kendall and her family moved across state lines and she will be playing basketball at Raytown this year.
Despite the loss of those four players, expectations of a league title remain at Sumner Academy.
"The KCKAL will have a lot of parity this season, but Sumner Academy is still the defending champions," Allen said. "Everyone is feeling pretty good about their chances to be league champs."
Still, Allen has been in this position before.
At Washington High School where Allen previously coached, he lost a strong core of seniors.
For Sumner to win a fourth straight league title, the Lady Sabres will generate their offense around returning point guard Ashleigh Byers and talented junior Jamie Redic.
Redic, as a sophomore, stepped up in games - some of which came off the bench. Redic averaged 6.1 points a game and 4.5 rebounds.
In terms of newcomers, Allen points to Angela Franklin, Taj Brimmer, Carlotta Lewis Janicka Burgess.
Experience is indeed lacking, but an advantage Sumner Academy has over other schools is the fact some players enter the school at the eighth grade level together.
Playing together and building experience together is key, Allen said.
"The players know the system and the expectations," Allen said. "We do have some varsity experience and these ladies have been together since 8th grade so they know each other."
Expect Redic to do damage both inside and outside, as Allen plans to use her in both areas.
Defense is again a priority for Allen's squad. This year, a faster tempo and more full-court pressure is expected.