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 rickr...@wvgazette.com.