CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Valley coach Joe McCoy must feel like he's got nine starters.
In Friday's 55-41 victory over Greenbrier West - another state-ranked Class A team - the unbeaten Greyhounds flashed a lot of strength off their bench.
"That's one thing we talk about all the time,'' McCoy said, "and that's playing as a team and trying to get the kids to realize that we're going to play those eight, nine guys.
"They're all going to play about half a ballgame, and we're going to move them in and out because I feel comfortable taking any of them out and putting somebody in. We don't miss too much when you take some of the starters out.''
Considering that the Greyhounds (5-0) began the game with nearly four players holding low double-figure scoring averages, the dropoff to their bench isn't as precipitous as with other teams.
Raeshawn Breckenridge (13.4) currently leads the scoring, followed by 6-foot-5 freshman Zac Warden (12.2), McGinnis (9.8), Henry Barron (9.0) and Cody Winter (7.6).
McCoy also thinks the extra rest for all his regulars will start to pay dividends when the team starts playing three or four times a week. Valley had two games called off by snow earlier this season and has played just five times so far.
"You take guys out and then they have that two-, three-minute break in between quarters,'' McCoy said, "and it goes a long way, especially in the last quarter. That's paid off for us in other games. We move them in and out, in and out and these other schools - come the fourth quarter - they're wore out and we bring fresh people in.
"There's pluses to it, and there's negatives to it, too. Because sometimes we get them in there and they hurry up too quick and throw the ball out of bounds and force the action. We want to make sure they know there's one ball out there and they pass it around, and not five basketballs out there.''
At the beginning of the season, George Washington coach Rick Greene said he didn't want to get into a situation where returning all-stater and Elon recruit Luke Eddy was carrying his team every night.
At least for the first half of the season, however, it has been all Eddy all the time for the Patriots. In five of GW's first 10 games, Eddy has scored at least half the team's points.
Greene, though, thinks his team won't lean on Eddy as much in the coming weeks. He points to a few instances, such as last week's win at Cabell Midland and Saturday's 48-31 victory at St. Albans in which Eddy had "just'' 18 points, dropping his season scoring average to 25.3, which still leads the Mountain State Athletic Conference.
In the latter game, Cameron Hoston scored eight points, Alex Lewis seven, Chris Kay six and Austin Breeden six.