To be sure, there is still work to do for the Patriots, who only netted 20 points in the second half on 34.8 percent shooting (8 of 23). To be fair, though, GW dealt with foul trouble for the second straight game, along with illness and injury during the victory over SA.
"I think we'll start playing like this the entire game, not just in spurts or quarters,'' Ward said.
Breanna Propst's 14 points and nine rebounds paced SA, but she was the only Red Dragon in double figures. Lexi Cooper added nine points and three steals and Cameron Davis came off the bench for six points and four boards for St. Albans.
"We've really been playing pretty good,'' said SA coach Scott James, whose team had won two straight but saw the Dragons make only 25 percent (9 of 36) of their shots. "Now it obviously hasn't been against competition that we played tonight but still yet I was very disappointed.
"We were not as mentally tough as GW. We let Rachel hit a couple of shots early on and she gained her confidence. I still believe in this team that by the end of the year, if we keep working, coming together and gaining in our confidence and mental toughness, we're going to be a pretty good basketball team.''
LaMaster will see if his squad is taking to heart the changes next week with four games, including a showdown with No. 3 Princeton, on the schedule.
"That'll be telling if we're on the right path,'' said the GW coach. "Now what I'm looking for, I need to see some consistency over a period of time. Not these dramatic shifts. When are we going to find that balance?''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.