The results haven't been ideal for the Mount Zion High School girls' basketball team during the early portions of the 2017-18 season.

But first-year head coach Tyler Wright is by no means hitting the panic button.

For him and his MZ hoops squadron, these early growing pains are part of the process in building toward a brighter future.

"When we started, we knew that we weren't going to have overnight success," Wright said. "We knew that it was going to be a process and that's what we've talked about with the girls. Stick with the process, control what you can control each and every day and the results that we want are going to come."

At 1-9, the Lady Eagles have already suffered their fair share of setbacks with the team's lone victory coming at Region 6-A foe North Cobb Christian on Dec. 7.

Wright, who is also pulling double-duty as MZ's head boys' basketball coach, cites these first weeks as a stretch of his girls undergoing a full-blown adjustment period to how the program will operate heading into the future.

"We're still a work-in-progress. We're trying to fix body language, coachability and attitude," Wright said. "To build what we want to build on the girls' side, we're really challenging the girls to do stuff that we've never done and act in ways they never have. It's challenging, but it's gotten better since Day 1."

What's really helping the head coach with the week-by-week process of establishing a foundation is the presence of returning upperclassmen like senior guard Jana Crews and junior guard Cassidy Brown.

"I've got a lot senior leadership and upperclassmen who are doing a great job in setting the example and trying to change the culture for our basketball program," Wright said. "They really are bought in and are doing a great job every day."

Even in moments where the scoreboard doesn't show it, Wright can see bits and pieces of his vision for the program translating onto the court. Even when down by an insurmountable margin versus Cass in last week's SMI Carroll County Christmas Classic, he saw his girls continue to work hard and fight until the very end of the contest.

"I want every girl in our program to play with that same that level of energy day-in and day-out," Wright said. "It's easy to be up one day, but the challenge is doing that over and over again. It's something new, but I feel like the girls are buying in. The scoreboard and the record isn't showing it right now, but we are improving and I'm proud of them for that."

The Lady Eagles will play one more game on Thursday at Central at 6 p.m. before taking off two weeks for the holidays. From there, the grind continues for Wright and his players as they strive to make major improvements with each game.

"To get to where we want to get to, we have to fix and clean up some of the stuff that we stress every day," Wright said. "I'm anxious to see how they respond moving forward."

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