WASHINGTON TERRACE — Typically when a basketball team changes coaches, there’s a pretty rocky transition period. There’s new plays on the court, different expectations, different coaching methods, different ways of going about practice and games.

Relatively speaking, Layton High girls basketball has gone through an easy coaching change. When longtime coach Van Price went to Farmington this year, every coach at Layton essentially moved 18 inches down the bench into the next chair.

That meant assistant coach Rob Reisbeck became the head coach. Reisbeck didn’t see a reason to change much about the program, so for the most part, the Lancers’ basketball schematics and expectations are the same.

Now, combine a “seamless” coaching transition with a patient, positive and senior-heavy team that’s played together for years, the results look like what the Lancers have done the first three-plus weeks of the season.

They’re 7-0 after a 54-42 win Thursday night against a pretty good Bonneville team that threatened to make the game a nailbiter on more than one occasion.

There have been a few keys to the Lancers’ so-far unbeaten start.

The first is balance. Nine players scored against the Lakers and Layton’s top six scorers came into the game averaging between 4.7 and 8.3 points every game.

Another is, of course, the easy coaching transition.

“Honestly, we all had a real close bond with Reisbeck, too ... We were worried about the offensive side because Reisbeck has been the defensive coach my whole high school career, but he’s been an offense guy, so it really hasn’t been that difficult,” senior Kamryn Black said.

And one trend hidden in the stat logs is the team’s assist rate. In the Lancers’ first two wins over Woods Cross and Pleasant Grove, they had just 11 assists on 28 combined baskets.

In the last four games, they’ve assisted on 65.9 percent of their baskets, hitting double figures in assists each of those four games. They’ve shot 40 percent or better as a team in those games, too.

“We’ve been passing the ball a lot better, but we also have been making sure we try to focus and run our offense. Get into our offenses, make the right cuts, that sets it itself for a lot of assists and we’ve been making shots. That helps, too,” Reisbeck said.

Basketball at all levels is going through a jack-up-a-lot-of-3-pointers-early-in-the-possession phase, influenced by the Golden State Warriors’ torrid exploits in the NBA. But Layton’s content to be patient.

For example, the first two possessions after Bonneville trailed 16-13 after the first quarter, the Lakers threw a 2-3 zone defense at the Lancers. Layton didn’t freak out or rush. They made a couple passes, found open looks and made both.

“We try to really focus on positive attitudes and positive body language, especially. When someone makes a mistake it’s not like, ‘Come on, you need to do this!’ it’s like, ‘Hey, you’re good, you’ve got the next one,’” senior Meg Edwards said.

When Bonneville junior point guard Jenna Czarnecki started hitting virtually every shot she took — whether it was a deep 3-pointer or a difficult drive — the Lancers didn’t feel the need to race down the floor and jack up a 3.

Czarnecki had 17 of her game-high 22 points in the first half, keeping Bonneville within five at the break.

Patience prevailed, like it did in a comeback win over Bingham earlier in the week. The inside game also prevailed, especially in the second half as the Lakers got within one.

“Patience was very stressed (by Reisbeck). We worked on it a lot in practice,” Black said.

Edwards had eight of her 14 points in the third quarter. Black had six of her eight points in the fourth.

A one-point lead became 10 early in the fourth quarter and, the way the Lancers’ defense had improved in the second half, the rest of the fourth quarter was an exercise in futility.

“The nice thing is we’ve been in a lot of close games already in this preseason and these girls are learning how to play and how to finish in those games. We were down on Tuesday with Bingham most of the game and in the second half we just kept battling and didn’t panic,” Reisbeck said.

Speaking of not panicking: Layton’s next two games are at Corner Canyon to wrap up the non-region schedule and Fremont in the Region 1 opener.

Corner Canyon, led by University of Utah commit Kemery Martìn, is a popular pick to be East High’s biggest challenge for the 5A state crown later this season.

Three days later the Lancers are at Fremont, where Division I recruits Emma Calvert and Timea Gardiner head up a team that many think should win both Region 1 and the 6A state tournament.

If Layton’s learned anything this season, it’s to be patient and good things will happen.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr via email at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @patrickcarr_ and on Facebook at facebook.com/patrickcarr17/.

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