CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Winfield High School girls basketball team shares an Achilles' heel with its male counterpart.
"We're outsized. We really don't have any good size to match up," Generals coach Tim Toler said after Winfield (5-5) lost a double-digit, third-quarter lead in losing to Class AAA No. 6 Logan (10-4) last week at home.
The Winfield boys team (6-5) started off strong this season, winning its first five games. The Generals have lost five of their last six since teams have adapted to coach Pat McGinnis' guard-oriented offense and have been able to exploit size advantages in the frontcourt.
Toler, meanwhile, has another issue to contend with: inexperience. Junior Haylea Roberson is the area's third-leading scorer and averages 21.8 points per game. But Roberson isn't just the Generals' scoring leader, she's the team's top ball-handler and arguably their most experienced player in the role she assumes.
"I'm playing some young girls," Toler said. "Emily Moore, who I brought in, is a freshman. Rachel Kraschnewski, that started, is a freshman."
Toler said he started Kraschnewski against Logan instead of senior Karly Rogers because he wanted to counteract the Generals' size disadvantage against Logan with more speed.
"It worked for three-and-a-half quarters," Toler said.
Being so close to what would have been a signature win for the program since Toler became coach in 2008 then falling short has had a bit of a hangover effect on his young team.
Just two days after falling to Logan, the Generals lost by nine points at Parkersburg (3-9), and then were handed a 31-point loss by Class AAA No. 3 Huntington (13-1) on Jan. 24.
LOGAN COACH Kevin Gertz said his team is a great example of how the love of the 3-point shot has negatively affected basketball.