"We were anxious to play,'' said GW coach Jamie LaMaster, whose team last played Dec. 21 and only had two practices over the Christmas break. "I was a little worried coming in a little rough.
"I think some of that showed in the first half, but once we settled down in the second half and made a few adjustments at halftime, I liked the way it turned out for sure.''
LaMaster received a belated Christmas gift when senior post Kelli Jo Harrison, a AAA third-team all-state selection last season after averaging 17.1 points and 9.5 rebounds, was cleared to begin practicing on New Year's Eve, six months after a knee injury. Harrison has to get in 14 practices before she is eligible to play in a game.
"It's just going to take time with some younger faces,'' said LaMaster, who was also replacing three starters this season. "Players have to understand their roles, but more importantly accept those roles for us to be successful. I think we're starting to do a little bit of that.''
Sophomore forward Hope Chalfant led Bridgeport with 16 points. The Indians are adjusting to life without Miki Glenn, who graduated after being named state player of the year last season.
"I'm going to give it more to Jamie and his guys,'' said Bridgeport coach Dave Marshall, who has nine freshmen among his 14 players. "I thought his energy was way better than ours. It got us on our heels and our decision-making became real bad.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.