GLENCOE — Glencoe coach Daniel Cook knew if his team made the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State last year, it would be a big experience.

The Yellow Jackets not only made it to JSU, but also gave then-undefeated Plainview a run for its money before losing 57-50. Glencoe ended the season 17-14.

“That was really big because the girls got a taste of it,” Cook said. “Not only just to show up at Jacksonville, Plainview was 33-0. We jumped up on them. … So not only did they get a taste, they got some confidence. Now they want more. … There is a lot of excitement.”

It’s hard for the team to not be excited when the Yellow Jackets return every player from last year. Cook said this is the first year he’s had a senior on the team in his three seasons as Glencoe coach.

High expectations come with the high rate of experience, but Cook said there is a difference between expectations and goals.

“Our expectations are to win area, win sub-region, go to Jacksonville and win in Jacksonville,” Cook said. “Our goal is to win county and go to Birmingham.”

A big reason for the high expectations and goals are due to Cook’s roster of 11 girls.

“I think one through 11 would start on half of the teams in the county and other teams in the area,” Cook said. “That could be a problem, but I look at it as a very, very, very good problem.”

Glencoe’s four seniors (Breia Little, Kaylie Davis, Kenleigh Harper and Alyssa Goodwin) will be looked upon for leadership.

“We haven’t had that,” Cook said. “We joke around that they’ve been seniors since they were 10th graders. I like to look at this as their time to reap what they’ve sowed and keeping our program together. I’m really expecting a breakout year for all four of them.”

Even though Cook will depend on the seniors’ leadership, he isn’t sure what his starting lineups will be. And that has a lot to do with his depth and the opponent’s personnel.

“This is why I think we have expectations the way we do,” said Cook of Glencoe’s depth. “We have the type of team right now, the depth, that we can match up with different teams in different ways.”

Glencoe tips off Tuesday on the road at Oneonta. The Yellow Jackets' non-area schedule also includes Class 1A Coosa Christian, 4A Hokes Bluff and 6A Southside to name a few.

“For a 3A school, I’d put our schedule against anybody in the state,” Cook said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way. In our 30 (regular season) games (last season), I want to say 22 of them were against schools that either won their area, top five in the state, went to regionals and the playoffs. It’s similar to this year as we pretty much have the same schedule. … To me, it just prepares us.”