The Winder-Barrow High School boys basketball team was 1-2 going into this week, but coach Ron Garren said Sunday he has seen signs that the team is on the right track.
“We’ve made some progress between game one and game three,” Garren said. “There’s no doubt about it.”
The Bulldoggs earned their first win of the 2013-2014 season last week by defeating Habersham Central 55-36 in a game which was part of the tournament hosted by Apalachee High School.
“We did a pretty good job of trying to execute some of the things we’ve put in so far,” said Garren, who is in his second stint as WBHS coach. “I was pleased with our effort in the Habersham Central game.”
The Bulldoggs had only a limited amount of time before the season began in terms of practice sessions. Garren said he did not like having to start the season with a region game in which the Bulldoggs fell on the road to Loganville.
The team then fell to Mountain View in the AHS tournament following a poor second half from the floor.
“Obviously there are some things we haven’t had time to put in,” the coach said. “Three of our starters have had the flu so we shut down over Thanksgiving. They have to be healthy for us to be where we are.”
Several players were back in the gym Sunday working on their own in preparation for this week.
The team was set for a Monday practice before traveling to Flowery Branch Tuesday to face former Bulldogg coach David Sokol and the Falcons.
“We have to be patient,” Garren said. “The list of things we have to get done is too long to accomplish in one game or one practice. We have to pick and chose what we have to do. It was good to get a win, especially since we shot so poorly against Mountain View.”
In the Nov. 22 victory against Habersham Central, WBHS was paced by Dre King who scored 18 points and CeeCe Green had his best game of the season with 12 points. Garren said Green “showed some signs of the being the athlete he is.”