Herbert was asked how long he thinks it will take for his largely inexperienced group to mesh.
"The coaches and I have talked about it,'' Herbert said, "and we figured it would take six to eight games into the season. That doesn't surprise me at all, not at all.
"We feel like about a third to halfway into the season, it should start coming together on a consistent basis. But the effort should always be there until we start jelling.''
The Cardinal Conference came up on the short end against the Big Ten in their initial Challenge at the Civic Center on Saturday, winning three games and losing five, but Scott was able to earn a measure of revenge.
The Skyhawks got past Fairmont Senior 66-59, wiping away some memories of last year's 55-48 loss to the Polar Bears in the first round of the Class AA state tournament. Fairmont Senior reached the title game before losing in its first go-round since dropping from AAA the previous season.
"It was nice to get that,'' said Skyhawks coach Nick Cabell, "because they beat us last year, so it was kind of a little redemption game. I know they don't have the same players, but we have everybody back but one, so they were holding that heavy whenever they played tonight.''
Cabell said it's going to take some time for southern teams, like the ones in his league, to adapt to the talent level of north central West Virginia teams that dropped from AAA to AA last season, such as Fairmont Senior and Robert C. Byrd. RCB topped Poca 56-50 in the Hoops Classic's final game.
"Their speed is so much faster,'' Cabell said, "and they're used to that [AAA] speed, which gives them somewhat of an advantage dropping down to double-A. But I think we're adjusting to the northern teams, especially the ones that dropped.
"Any time a northern conference and a southern conference get together, you want to represent your [section of the] state. I think there's a good group of teams down here in the coalfields, and hopefully we can hold our own against the northern teams.''
After losing to Winfield at the Civic Center, Wheeling Park continues to rack up the frequent flier miles, preparing for a Saturday date at GW.
"We're still searching,'' said Patriots coach Michael Jebbia. "It's a new team. I know we have to come back in eight days and play another good, quality team in George Washington.
"We play a quality schedule. No one's going to feel sorry for us. We've just got to be ready to play.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.