It has become pretty clear that last year's losing record for the Desert Vista girls basketball program was a one-year blip.

The Thunder are 14-3 and already have won more games than all of last season when Desert Vista went through its first losing season - 12-16 - under coach Rachel Proudfoot.

This is her fourth year at the helm and everything seems to be coming together. The program has a 25-6 record across the entire program (freshmen and JV records included).

"Four years into building this program it is great to see how many kids want to be part of it," Proudfoot said. "My first year we had six kids on the freshmen team. The attitude change has been huge."

As great as it is to see the entire program flourish, the varsity's transition into a contender comes down to the development of the big three - senior Jaymee Brugman, junior Kylie Butler and sophomore Emily Wolph.

"We were waiting last year for all three leaders to step up on the same night," said Proudfoot, who is 64-35 in her career at DV. "This year there has only been one night where that hasn't happened."

The trio is averaging 43 points a game, but of course there is more to it than that. Proudfoot's influence has everyone buying into Coach P's system. The roles are defined and accepted.

And the winning only ingrains the roles even deeper.

"We knew we were the best team (at the Northwest Desert Classic)," Butler said, "and we went out and proved it. Now we step on the court knowing we are the best team."

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