The George Washington girls basketball team began the season ranked third in the statewide coaches' poll.
The Patriots fell to ninth after losing 51-47 at home to second-ranked Wheeling Park.
Even though George Washington has rebounded to win its last four games, Coach Jamie LaMaster is still concerned about the way the Patriots are playing.
"Before the season I didn't think scoring was going to be a problem," he said. "I was worried about the other teams scoring."
With the exception of an 88-point outburst at home against Nitro, LaMaster's preseason prediction has been turned inside out.
In the four other games the Patriots (4-1) have averaged just 43.3 points a game.
The Patriots have swept all four because opponents averaged just 33.5 points.
"The shots are there," LaMaster said. "We're just not scoring."
GW senior guard Rachel Ward scored a career-high 40 points in the 88-61 win over the Wildcats and junior forward Kelli Harrison had 27.
But Ward has averaged just 12.5 points in the other four games and Harrison 13.
"We have to get those two to score or we are in trouble," LaMaster said. "It is a concern."
So is the first week after Christmas break when the Patriots play Cabell Midland, Bridgeport and Huntington.
"We're lucky to be 4-1," LaMaster said. "We could be 4-4 real quick if we don't start scoring."
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IT SOUNDS like South Charleston Coach John Testa's tenure may be a single year.
The Black Eagles (5-3) are off to a pretty good start under the first-year coach.
Freshman Taliah Cashwell is leading the Black Eagles in scoring with 13.1 points per game.
South Charleston lost all five starters from last season's State Tournament team and former coach Gary Greene took a one-year hiatus due to a sickness in his family.
Greene was at the Charleston Civic Center last Wednesday watching his former team in action against George Washington.