Hungry for more success, senior guard Mikayla Mabie and her Central Valley High School varsity girls basketball teammates are focused on the tasks at hand.
"We have high expectations," Mabie said. "We're working harder. We're more connected. We're close off and on the court. We'll be better than last year."
The Hawks will rely on talent, experience and chemistry as they attempt to earn their third conference title and fourth postseason berth in program history.
"We should make it to playoffs again," Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla said. "I can't play for them. They have to want it."
The Hawks bring back six players from last year, including Mabie, Alyssa Costa (Sr.), Teresa Diaz (Sr.), Nicole Munoz (Sr.), Simi Sahota (Sr.) and Adriana Haynes (Jr.).
Gabby Bonales (Jr.), Rosie Duarte (Jr.), Blanca Espinoza (Jr.), Adria Robinson (Jr.) and Ceres High transfer Alexis Contreras (Jr.) are new to the team.
Bonales, Duarte, Espinoza and Robinson led Central Valley's 2014-15 junior-varsity team to a third-place finish in the WAC (8-4).
Mabie, Haynes, Costa, Diaz, Munoz, Sahota, Espinoza, Robinson, Duarte and Central Valley played close to 40 games during its summer campaign.
The Hawks went 24-13.
Central Valley won all eight of its games at the July 19-21 Chico State Camp.
Mikayla was selected to the WAC First Team her junior year. She led the Hawks in scoring (15.3 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg), and ranked second in steals (2.8 spg) and fourth in rebounding (5.0 rpg).
"Knowing I play an important role on the team is an amazing feeling," Mabie said. "I'm really grateful. I have to do my best for my team."
Coach Padilla believes Mabie will be a candidate for the WAC's Most Valuable Player award.
"She'll have to work for it," he said.
"There's pressure," Mikayla added. "It's my senior year. It's making me work harder. I wish I could play basketball forever."
Haynes averaged 9.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while splitting playing time at power forward and forward her sophomore year.
Central Valley accomplished both of its goals during the 2014-15 school year.
The Hawks finished in the top three in the WAC and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs.
Central Valley compiled an 18-8 overall record and finished second in the WAC standings (10-2).
"Taking WAC is our goal this year," Mabie said. "I believe my team can do it. We have a lot of chemistry. We're very hungry. It's not just about me anymore."