Girls basketball: Patriot girls hold off Generals in OT
WINFIELD - All through preseason, the George Washington girls basketball team prepared for its season opening game against Wheeling Park.
The Patriots were ranked third in the coaches' poll while Wheeling Park was second and ended up winning a tight game.
Thursday night it looked like the George Washington players had forgotten there are still 21 more regular season games to be played.
The Patriots finally found some fire and outscored Winfield 9-0 in overtime to pull out a 47-38 win over the feisty Generals.
"We played better in the overtime than we did the whole game," sophomore point guard Alana Mobayed said. "We were disappointed we went into overtime and really stepped up our defense."
Mobayed went scoreless in the first half and had only two points in the second half until overtime.
She and senior guard Rachel Ward accounted for all nine of George Washington's points in the extra period.
Ward shook off a first half that saw her hit just 2-of-7 from the field and tallied 14 of her game-high 19 points in the second half, including six in the overtime.
Overall, the Patriots hit only 17-of-62 shots and 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
That followed a poor shooting performance Saturday.
"It concerns me in that you don't usually see a team in a shooting slump at the start of the season," Patriot Coach Jamie LaMaster said. "It usually comes later."
Another problem has been the 49 turnovers the Patriots have accumulated during their 1-1 start.
"Sometimes when you have a couple of good years in a row the players think it is just going to happen," LaMaster said.
That is far from the attitude the Generals entered the season with and it certainly showed Thursday.
"We knew starting out that we had to play gutsy," Winfield Coach Tim Toler said. "We don't have much experience out there."
That attitude came in handy when it looked like a George Washington might take control of the game a couple times, including a 10-point lead at 29-19 midway through the third period.
"We could have folded our tents right there," Toler said. "But we fought back and I am really proud of the girls."
The Generals managed to pull ahead 34-33 with 5:49 to play on a 3-pointer by Morgan Eggleton.
George Washington responded by scoring the next five points.
But Haley Moore hit a pair of free throws and Haylea Roberson tied the score with 42 seconds to play before both teams let chances to win slip away.
That set the stage for the overtime.
"It was rough," Mobayed said. "It's better to be 1-1 than 0-2."
Roberson finished with 13 points to lead Winfield.