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Prep notebook: Eddy out, Elmore in

It isn't often that you can lose a Division I recruit and replace him by plugging in another D-1 player.

But that's what George Washington has done this season, helping fill the void left by all-stater Luke Eddy - who's now at Elon - with Virginia Military Institute signee Jon Elmore.

Elmore sank 29 points in his first game with the Patriots, an 84-74 home loss to Capital - for one game more than matching the 26.2 scoring average Eddy turned in last season.

Speaking of matching, it isn't often that GW feels like it's overmatched, but coach Rick Greene admitted as much following last week's opening loss to the Cougars.

"I felt like we had to stay in our zone,'' Greene said, "because they were so much quicker. But then they shot the ball well.

"I thought we did some things well, and we did some things not so well. But we just really didn't have an answer. They were just better than we were tonight.''

Carrington Morris, who averaged a shade over 20 points per game for the Cougars last year, tallied 32 in the opening win.

Greene admitted there's going to be a learning curve for his players in getting used to being on the floor with Elmore, the former South Charleston standout who played last year at Christ School in North Carolina.

"There is,'' Greene said, "and I don't mean that as an excuse. We're a long way from being how good we can be. [Capital] was obviously the better team tonight.''

Following Wednesday's game at Spring Valley and Friday's home date with St. Albans, GW figures to be tested again Saturday when it meets up with Paul Blazer from Ashland, Ky., during the FCA Hoops Classic at the Civic Center.

Paul Blazer, which went 23-10 last season, is off to a 4-1 start this year.

Willing to wait

Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland is willing to put up with the growing pains - for now - with his backcourt after losing a pair of three-year regulars to graduation.

Rasaan Harris and Ian Miles were senior guards on last year's Redskins team that became the first in program history to reach the Class AAA state tournament at the Civic Center.

Some of those growing pains were evident in last week's 78-63 win over Logan. The Redskins got off to an agonizingly slow start and trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, when they committed 10 of their 13 turnovers.

"When you lose your starting backcourt that's been your starting backcourt for three years,'' Sutherland said, "it's going to take a while to get it going. I think we will.

"[In the second half] we passed, we looked, we spaced it out. We got a rhythm going and got our timing down and it looked better. We looked more like a team. We looked more like an offense. Whereas in the first half, it was - I'll dribble through my legs and I'll throw it over here and I'll stand here and watch.

"We're better at running and transition and [Logan] kind of slowed it down and made us run through screens. I think we could make it back to Charleston, but we've got to play better than we did [against Logan].''

Logan coach Mark Hatcher certainly feels like the Redskins have a chance at getting back to the big show.

"I think they've got a legitimate shot,'' Hatcher said. "We told our kids we were starting out with a top-five team.''

General title reunion

Winfield plans to honor its 2003-04 Class AA state championship team before a Dec. 28 home game against Putnam County rival Hurricane.

Also that evening, the school wants to invite back anyone connected with a Generals team that participated in the boys basketball state tournament during any season - players, coaches, cheerleaders and managers.

Anyone from a past state tournament team wishing to participate should contact either coach Pat McGinnis (542-2910) or athletic director Will Isaacs (586-3279).

Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickryan@wvgazette.com.

 


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