Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Mars girls basketball team.
"In years past, the Mars Area girls basketball team would stick with its basic defense and run standard offensive sets.
This year with three four-year starters returning, Planets coach Tony Howard thought now might be a good time to open things up.
He wasted no time in doing so.
After a season-opening 71-49 win against California in the Slippery Rock tipoff tournament, Mars advanced to the finals to play the host team.
"In the past, we had been a one-horse show," Howard said. "With our experience coming back, we were able to change up some defenses on a short rest and execute.""