CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hurricane High School boys basketball Coach Lance Sutherland wants to make sure all of his players can pass, shoot and rebound.
By the end of this season, he also wants them to have at least one State Tournament victory under their belts.
The Redskins hope to continue their rapid turnaround under Sutherland when they open the season Dec. 12 at home against Logan.
In three seasons Sutherland is 41-31 with steady progression in a program that had won a combined 17 games the two years before his arrival.
Hurricane's first trip to the State Tournament in March resulted in a game against Woodrow Wilson, which won its 68th tourney contest in a 63-54 win over the Redskins.
Despite the loss, Sutherland found plenty of positives of playing at the Charleston Civic Center in March.
"I think playing in the State Tournament was very important, just for the confidence and the extra practice time," Sutherland said. "Now they've got that taste. They're hungry."
The cornerstone of the Redskins' resurgence is senior Henry Sorsaia. The 6-foot-4 wing averaged 14.1 points per game last season, but performed his best against top competition, including a 26-point performance against George Washington.
Sorsaia's maturity is also helped by a season of football, which Sutherland said should make the physically gifted player more aggressive on the court.
"Football has helped him immensely," Sutherland said. "It made him more physical and made him realize how good he could be.
"Don't be surprised to see him leading the fast break some. I believe you have to be able to dribble and pass, even if you're 6-9 you need to be able to do those things."