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Mayo Girls Basketball, Program on the Rise off to Hot Start

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Something's brewing at Mayo High School.

Mayo's girl's basketball team has jumped out to a 6-0 start this season and is the only area team ranked in the 4A poll.

"I think it starts with dedication. The girls put in a lot of time on their own when we were in quarantine and we weren't able to start on time. Just goes to show the work they put in early," said Ryan Carpenter, Mayo Head Coach.

Their performance is not just a representation of the work they put in this offseason, but the work that has been put in over three years, building the program.

"Its awesome to see because it just means that the girls are buying in, they put in the time and they're listening to what you're saying," said Carpenter.

"We also have tried to implement a style of play that's fun. That's fun to watch, its fun to play. When you can do that, it helps to get the buy in from players and when you get buy in from players that's when you get the results."

That buy in didn't come without adversity though. Last season the Spartans fell in the section final to Farmington in a close one.

"I think its a good thing, looking back and you look at it now and in the time you're disappointed and its not the way you wanted it to end, but at the same time its motivating and I think having that loss and having the loss be within two points from making it to the state tournament its kind of driven the girls to get into the gym in the offseason, be committed, get the extra work in, taking the extra shots," said Carpenter.

Mayo has trusted the process and Carpenter believes he has a group that can get it done this year.

"They don't have a care in the world of who's the one doing the scoring or who's getting the recognition, they just want to win. When you have a team like that, that's when something special can truly happen."

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