Without question, losing two of the area’s top players to graduation was bound to drag down the Greenwood girls basketball team.
Or was it?
Seven games in, the Woodmen show no signs of sinking.
They are, in fact, soaring.
Off to their best start in team history, the defending sectional champion Woodmen are 7-0 and ranked No. 5 in Class 4A.
That’s not all.
Recent winners of the Johnson County Tournament championship, one of the few prizes that eluded them last season, the Woodmen are 2-0 in Mid-State Conference play and poised to successfully defend that title.
They also are among the state’s top defensive teams, allowing only 36 points per game, and have vanquished four opponents by double figures.
Surprised? It’s OK if you are.
Even coach Debbie Guckenberger is somewhat taken aback — albeit pleasantly — by the torrid pace.