So many players have quit the Tates Creek girls' basketball team in the past five years, the coach has lost count.
"It's unbelievable," Coach Justin Cheatham said. "It's in the fifties at least."
Senior Lizza Jonas said she stopped counting at 40.
"We've had people quit, come back and then quit again," she recalled.
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It's hard to blame them.
Five years ago, the Commodores won two games and lost 24.
In Cheatham's first three seasons, Tates Creek went 22-63.
"It was difficult," said Cheatham, who inherited a program that had graduated five senior starters the year before. "I lost hair. I lost 12 pounds."
It wasn't easy to be a Tates Creek coach.
It really wasn't easy to be a Tates Creek player.
"We would play someone and they'd be joking around on the court because they'd be beating us by so much," Jonas recalled. "That hurt a lot."
Jonas, who will have her Senior Night celebration on Friday, is the lone player left who remembers those rough years.
She wasn't a star player, but Jonas stuck with it even though it meant ridicule from kids at her own school.
"I remember being in a classroom where some boys were making fun of our players and our team right to the girls' faces," Cheatham said. "The things Lizza has endured just makes this season so special for her."
Much like Tates Creek, which has gone a respectable 15-10 this season, Jonas has blossomed in the past five seasons.
The forward became a 1,000-point career scorer this season in an upset of Bryan Station. She also had 20 rebounds in that game.
Over the holiday break, the Commodores won the Berea Holiday Classic and Jonas was named tournament Most Valuable Player.
She's gone from a self-proclaimed "non-shooting passer to whoever was open" to a team leader on and off the court.
Jonas, who averages 15 points and 10.1 rebounds, probably will play college ball. She has been talking to Transylvania, Thomas More and Georgetown.
"She and I both remember the days when we didn't win," Cheatham said. "If we only got beat by 20 points, that was a win for us."
They've been through it all together.
"Any time somebody goes through something difficult with you, there's going to be a bond there," he said. "It makes me respect her so much as a human being.
"She didn't start off as a star on top. She started off on the bottom being ridiculed and being made fun of and losing, losing, losing. ... She just kept working as hard as she could, no matter what anybody else said."
Jonas, Cheatham and one assistant coach are the only holdovers from the 2-24 team that now seems a distant memory.
"I've learned perseverance, just sticking with something, even when it's hard," Jonas said.
This season has had its share of obstacles, too.
With the loss of 6-foot-2 forward Peyton Hisel to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the Commodores now start four freshmen and Jonas.
"She's like a second coach," freshman forward Katie Pippen said of Jonas. "She doesn't treat us like we're freshmen. She treats us like equals, friends."
Jonas has adapted to her role as team leader. It's made her ponder a future in coaching and teaching one day.
"I want to see them be as good as they can be," she said of the freshmen. "If it takes me laughing with them or pushing them hard."
Cheatham sees coaching in Jonas' future.
"Lizza could step out of her uniform and into coaching attire today," he said. "She understands the game and communicates expectations so effectively."
Jonas will be stepping out of her Tates Creek uniform for good at some point in the next few weeks.
She hopes it will be after winning at least one post-season game, which she's never accomplished at Tates Creek.
"It would mean a lot," she said quietly.
But she knows the world won't end if her team doesn't get that win.
"You play because you love your teammates, who are really like your family," she said. "You play because you love basketball."