WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A well-executed team effort propelled the Winfield boys basketball team to a season-opening win against visiting Ripley on Monday night.
The Generals opened the schedule with a resounding 91-66 victory highlighted by offensive balance, a theme Coach Pat McGinnis said the team has underscored this season.
"We had five guys in double figures for the first time in a long time, and that's what we've emphasized this year," he said.
Senior guard Zach Fisher paced all scorers with 23 points, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range. The 3-point basket carried Winfield throughout the game as the Generals shot 17-of-41 beyond the arc, including 14-of-26 in the first half.
"We're just getting open, sharing it and shooting in rhythm," Fisher said.
Beyond Fisher, John "Bear" Bellomy (17 points), Toby Show (11), Heath Diehl (11) and Taylor Hearn (11) also reached double figures on the night.
"We haven't scored like that in a long, so we were really pleased with it," McGinnis said. "We knew coming in that we had some guys that could shoot it. We obviously would like to go inside-out first, but if you got guys that can make those, you're going to take it all day."
Winfield opened the contest with the game's first points and never trailed. After the first quarter, the Generals led Ripley 28-11 and increased that advantage to 58-29 at halftime. In addition to hot shooting, Winfield employed a solid defensive effort to fuel the Generals offense.