The Holcomb boys and girls basketball teams are coming off of very different seasons, with the boys having finished 23-2 and state runners-up and the girls posting a 10-11 record.

But entering the 2018-19 season, the two teams are dealing with a similar situation: Both will be breaking in a lot of new and inexperienced players.

Holcomb Longhorn boys

Great West Activities Conference

Class: 3A

Head coach: Chad Novack (8th year, 143-24)

2017-18 record: 23-2

Returning starters: None

Outlook: The Longhorns, state champions in 2015 and 2017, finished runner-up last season.

Last year's team graduated 10 seniors, leaving this year’s version with no returning starters, but 12 of the 13 top prospects are juniors and seniors with solid junior varsity experience.

The ‘Horns hope that translates into the winning ways that have been the team’s trademark the past few years.

Coach Chad Novack, in his eighth year as Holcomb’s head coach, finds a dichotomy in this team’s makeup.

First, the numbers are a team strength, Novack notes, using phrases such as “great numbers,” “kids that want to be successful” and “willingness to work hard.”

Second, those numbers comprise the unknown.

“Who will fill those big roles that we lost from last year’s graduation?” Novack wonders. “Who is going to step up? We have no varsity experience returning, so we need many kids to rise to the occasion.”

Holcomb Longhorn girls

Great West Activities Conference

Class: 3A

Head coach: Nathan Novack (5th year)

2017-18 record: 10-11

Returning starters: Darien Mader, Jr., 5-5, G; Madison Ruda, Jr., 5-9, P/G.

Top newcomers: Lauren Jones, Jr., 5-6, G; Gracelyn Rupp, Jr., 5-0, G; Teryn Teeter, Jr., 5-7, P/G; Alli Meng, Jr., 5-10, P.

Outlook: The Holcomb girls look to improve on last season’s 10-11 season, but they’ll have to do it without all-league players Eboni Sapien and Courtney Wren.

Following graduation, coach Nathan Novack will look to girls who haven't seen a lot of playing time.

“Many of our girls have had small amounts of varsity playing time, so we will be looking for girls to take the initiative with making plays and accountability,” the fifth-year coach said.

Holcomb had a good off-season, he added.

“These girls have shown glimpses of being solid on both sides of the ball,” Novack said. “Offensively, we will be well balanced, possibly putting shooters at all five positions. Defensively, we have our work cut out.”

Holcomb will be a smaller team, so his girls will have to work for position, he added.

But one thing his team will have is desire.

“This group of girls have really impressed with making a statement on our culture and basketball knowledge, being quick learners and asking a lot of questions,” Novack said.

Update: In a previous version of this story, Holcomb head boys basketball coach Chad Novack’s record at the school was incorrectly stated. Novack is 143-24 in eight years at the helm of the Longhorns.