Girls basketball: Winfield's Roberson nets career-high 22 in win
WINFIELD, W.Va. - Winfield girls basketball Coach Tim Toler came into the season knowing just two of his starting five.
Toler was looking for someone else to emerge for his Generals other than Haeley Moore and Mara Rhoades, and it didn't take long for him to find just that.
Sophomore Haylea Roberson had a monster game in the season opener for Winfield, exploding for a career-high 22 points, to go with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Roberson's performance helped guide Winfield to a convincing 66-37 home victory over Lincoln County on Tuesday night in front of a crowd of about 200.
"Twenty-two points. Wow," Toler said after being informed of Roberson's career night. "I didn't know how many she had. She's just a sophomore.
"Last year in junior varsity games, she had games where she lit it up and some times she would have an off night. This year she has been more consistent in practice. She's going to be a big factor."
Roberson was excited to make such a big impact so early in the season.
"I was really happy with my performance and the team did a great job," Roberson said. "It was great. It was a mix of being nervous and really excited, too."
To go along with Roberson's 22-point performance, Toler got huge numbers off the bench from sophomore Jayne Lawman, who tallied a game-high 11 rebounds in her first varsity action. As a team, Winfield (1-0) had 56 boards.
"She didn't play last year," Toler said. "She is a soccer player and a tremendous athlete. She was all over the place with her quickness and ability. She is going to be a very good positive as well."
In all, 14 Generals saw the court, and 12 scored, giving Toler hope he can find more options than just Moore and Rhoades.
"We have 20 girls overall and we dress 15," Toler said. "If you get them in the game and on the court some, it keeps their morale. The top 10, 12 or even 15 people is what is making each other better.
"I couldn't have told you who our first five is. We had two or three people step up tonight. I'm hoping we may not find one or two more, but maybe four or five more. Everybody that I put on the floor had their spurts and did some good things. That is what we are looking for. I'm excited."
For Lincoln County (0-1), Taylor Adkins led the way with 12 points and Kerbi Stone added seven assists. The Panthers committed 39 turnovers, but did force 29 Winfield miscues.
In other girls action:
Nitro 55, Point Pleasant 38 - Savannah Shamblin scored a game-high 20 points as the Wildcats rolled to the road victory.
Hannah Linville and Kelli Douglas added nine points each for Nitro (2-0), while Andrea Porter led Point Pleasant (1-3) with 17 points.