Unfortunately that's the case for many. For the girls, most publics didn't have girls teams until the last 5-10 years, some still don't. Girls have more often than not gone straight to the preps at the middle school level and those that hang on to their club or town connections up to high school eventually make the move early on. This leaves only the very few middle to top end talent players left amongst a large number of players who just started their freshman year. Look at the rosters of the Preps just in Massachusetts when they get posted. Guarantee you will count out entire teams worth of players just from towns all around you.