ATWATER — J.R. Davis must think he's snakebitten.
The Atwater High girls basketball coach lost three players to torn anterior cruciate ligaments last season.
The Falcons already have three players sidelined this year, including two starters.
Senior point guard Selena Rivas injured her knee on the first day of practice. Rivas still needs to have an MRI, but she may be out with a torn ACL.
"When she went down, I thought she just rolled an ankle or something," Davis said. "When she turned her head and I could see the tears in her eyes, I was like, 'Oh no, here we go again.' "
Starting center Chynna Peterson is out with a broken foot and backup guard Paige Whited broke her ankle.
If Davis and his team learned anything last year, it's nobody is going to feel sorry for them.
The Falcons still are off to a 2-0 start behind some strong defense and balanced scoring.
"I like the group that I have because they're scrappy, they're fighters," Davis said. "They love to get after you. They're young and have so much energy."
Rivas played a lot for the Falcons last year. If she's out for an extended period of time Atwater will miss her ballhandling.
Junior Mayra Moore also saw a lot of action and will be asked to do a little of everything this year.
While the Falcons are thin in the front court, Davis has the luxury of having plenty of guards.
Senior Breanne Hunter and junior Natalie Govea will be key cogs in a four-guard rotation.
"We don't have one girl that is going to hurt you," Davis said. "The other night we had four girls in double figures. (Monday) night it was three. It's hard for the other team to figure out who is going to be our scorer on any given night.
"We've got a lot of good guards, which is nice. Every one of them has their own little niche. One of them is our best defender. One of them is a better shooter. It's like a puzzle. It's my job to figure out which pieces to play at the right time."