Bass, though, has been fortunate. Graves is the most recent of a long lineage of star point guards to come out of Santa Fe.
Bass started with Christina Yarbrough, who went on to play at Central Oklahoma. Jimi Blagowsky, who plays at Air Force, followed with a stellar career.
Then Graves came along.
“It just seemed to be when that last one would graduate, here come that next one,” Bass said. “I noticed her skill set (early on). She was probably one of the quickest first-step girls I've seen in awhile.”
Now, Santa Fe waits for another point guard to emerge. It's likely the Wolves will find one, just like when Graves burst onto the scene her freshman year.
“When you look around the entire city, you don't see a coach keep getting blessed with players and players,” Graves said. “The point guard is position is one of the most important positions. He's a really lucky guy.”
But replacing Graves' defense will be the biggest challenge.
And perhaps the most important.
“Really, I've got to find a point guard that can defend like her,” Bass said. “One of our strong points is we defend very well and she was probably the best defender we had.”