CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Winfield boys basketball team ended its 2012-13 season with a solid 14-9 record, but Coach Pat McGinnis does not want to settle for anything less than heading to the State Tournament this year.
With a winning record and its first take at the Mountain State Athletic Conference last year, Winfield seemed to be a state tournament contender through much of the season. McGinnis says that with some alterations on the court and some outside work on the team, the Generals may make it to the State Tournament since 2008 when they were newcomers to Class AAA.
"We finished fourth in the MSAC and had a decent season, but I was still disappointed in last year. A lot of teams would love to finish 14-9, but we need to improve. We do not have a single easy game on our schedule and small corrections will take us through these games," McGinnis said.
Winfield will be forced to alter its style of play somewhat, McGinnis said, based on the makeup of its roster.
"We have good numbers for the team, but we are a small team. The guys aren't as tall or big so we have to work on our tempo and getting up and down the court much faster," he said.
"And with our small size it doesn't help our issue of rebounding. We have to improve that anyways, but this team specifically will have to work even harder to block out other guys to get the ball. We're going to have to play harder and faster."
Though these issues could potentially weigh down the Generals in their pursuit of a state tournament berth, a senior-led team and good team chemistry could be neutralizing factors.
"This team is full of senior guys who actually want to be a team. Even the underclassmen are a component to this new team chemistry," McGinnis said. "We expect everyone to make contributions on the court, but we are seeing a new attitude already this season."