Winfield's girls basketball team took a blow of losses in the two-day St. Albans Summer Shootout, but Generals Coach Tim Toler doesn't think the team should be counted out of 2014 contention so soon.
"A lot of people that this three-week period to condition the girls, but a majority of our girls have that speed, either from soccer or consistent training in the off-season," Toler said.
Winfield came into the shootout lacking a majority of what Toler expects to be his full roster once preseason practice begins in November.
"So seven to eight of our girls that play soccer have the foot-work we need to keep up in transition, and offensively moving more. We have to find the girls willing to step up and shoot more, or find the girls who have the hands to pass," he said.
The Generals lost their two senior leading scorers to graduation from the 2012-13 season, when they finished 13-12 and lost to St. Albans in the Region 4, Section 1 title game.
Haeley Moore and Mara Rhoades led the team in scoring last season but Coach Toler says they showed their leadership in completely different ways.
"Not only were they our leading scorers, but they were our leaders. Mara was our vocal leader while Haeley led more by example. These girls contributed a lot, but the newer girls have potential to step up, but it's going to come down to confidence," he said.
Rising junior Haylea Roberson is Winfield's top returning scorer. The 5-foot-5 shooting guard averaged 8.4 points per game last season and sank 20 3-pointers.
Junior Jayne Lawman, a 5-9 forward, will return as well after averaging 3.5 points as a sophomore.