"The boys are upset with our result and that's good,'' said Hurricane first-year coach Derek Ragle, who led George Washington to last year's AAA girls state championship game in his first year. "You like that. That was a good result for us. [Woodrow was] on our end most of the first half. They were really taking it to us.''
The Redskins lost nine starters and head coach Jim Dagostine from last year's title team, the first in school history, and are trying to put the pieces back together for another run.
"We need to get used to playing with each other,'' Hayslett said. "We don't have that chemistry like the team last year. This team, I love these boys. They're my family. They play with heart. I'm ready to build more chemistry with them.''
Woodrow (0-2-1), which didn't have any scrimmages before the season started, dropped its first two games to state-tournament contenders Huntington and Morgantown after jumping out to 2-0 leads in both contests.
"We kind of hit the skids right off the bat,'' said Woodrow coach Rocky Powell of his team's start to the year. "We're just trying to get the feel of what's going on. I was real pleased with the way they played [Thursday against Hurricane].''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.