For the Fairfield Ludlowe girls basketball team, "young" is an appropriate word this year.

The Falcons are coming off a year in which they were 5-14, and graduated three players. Ludlowe also welcomes in a new head coach as Sarah Huntington takes over as the Falcons leader.

"We're a young team," Huntington said. "This is the beginning of a long journey."

Huntington has put an emphasis on the way the team carries itself and how it does the little things, as well.

"I expect a lot from them," Huntington said. "I'm all about details."

Huntington has been an assistant under former head coach PJ Wax, and played basketball at Connecticut College. She's excited for the opportunity and the way that her team has responded to the coaching change.

"They're such dedicated individuals," Huntington said of her team. "When I ask them to do something, they do it 110 percent."

Ludlowe's squad is made up of primarily freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The lone senior would have been Emily Armstrong, however, she is out for the season with an ACL injury that she suffered prior to the season.

"Emily's presence is definitely lost," Huntington said. "But we have to take what fate gives us."

The Pace University-bound player has proven her leadership, though. Armstrong has been helping Huntington on the bench, trying to teach the young Falcons some of the tricks of the trade in the FCIAC.

"She's been awesome on the bench," Huntington said. "I have another coach."

Ludlowe only has two other returning players this year. Junior Sarah Nesi saw significant action in 2009-10 and should be the Falcons' go-to threat, as long as an opening-night ankle injury doesn't sideline her for too long.

Sophomore guard Briana Curran is also one of the Falcons' top returners.

Huntington knows that because her team is young, the road to improvement is arduous, however, she also is aware that progressive improvement can lead to big results.

"My biggest thing is getting better every day and committing to the program," Huntington said. "If we focus just on the destination, we won't ever get there."

Huntington also knows that the talent is there and is hopeful that her team begins to believe and the results come.

"The whole coaching staff believes in them, now they just have to believe in themselves," Huntington said. "They deserve to have it happen in a game, and it will."