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Girls basketball: Mobayed triple-double leads GW

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After dropping its first two games of the season, the George Washington girls basketball team was hoping for a breakout game.The Patriots got just that, picking up its first win of the season with a 65-35 rout of previously unbeaten Winfield in front of a small crowd of about 125 at George Washington High School."It feels like where we are suppose to be," said GW coach Jamie LaMaster, on getting back in the win column. "Obviously those first two games were against really solid teams (undefeated Spring Valley and South Charleston)."That always does a lot to cure the soul. It was a great team effort tonight. Finally, I feel like GW played like GW is capable of playing. It's always great to get back on the winning side. You don't expect to go out and win like that."LaMaster didn't want to see his team's season-opening two-game losing streak to turn into three."We're not use to being 0-2," LaMaster said. "I can't remember the last time GW started 0-2."It may have been my first year back in 2004. I would have been happy to win by one point. This was a great win and it is great for the kids and the morale." Junior Alanna Mobayed had a big game for the Patriots (1-2), recording a rare triple double with game highs of 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. The GW point guard also chipped in six steals, leaving her four short of a quadruple double."That doesn't happen very often," LaMaster said. "Everyone wants to score points. A lot of people get double figure scoring but you don't have a lot of people picking up the other categories."Rebounding and assists aren't a glory stat. Tonight, Alanna was able to put all three together and she was four steals away from having a quadruple double."
Mobayed was ecstatic on hearing the news of her triple double."It sounds pretty awesome," Mobayed said. "It's my first one. I'm just happy I could contribute and help my team get a win. It is something we needed. I'm trying to step up. I need to. I'm hoping to have a big season."Mobayed is being asked to do more this season after GW lost Rachel Ward, now playing collegiately at West Virginia State, to graduation. Also, top Patriot returning player Kelli Harrison is out until at least late December while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.Besides Mobayed, GW got major contributions from freshman Shionna Banks with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocked shots in her first start. Lilly Ash added 11 rebounds, and Maria Romeo 13 points. The Patriots outrebounded Winfield 59-28.LaMaster was very impressed with the play of Banks, a 6-foot-3 center, who just got released to play the day of the Patriots second game of the season against South Charleston.
"To come out in her first start in high school and get a double double, that is great for her," LaMaster said. "I hope she understands that doesn't happen very often."You watch her come through middle school and she is so much bigger than everybody. It's hard to evaluate her. Now she is in high school with bigger people and gets banged around inside, but we know what she is capable of, and I'm very happy for her."While GW was in an unfamiliar position of being 0-2, Winfield, on the flip side, was in uncharted territory at being 2-0. General Coach Tim Toler has an inexperienced team and understands they will have some struggles."It's only the second or third time we have had the chance to go 3-0," Toler said. "I think that may have weighed on them. They were nervous, and GW is a good team. We are really young with only two returning starters back (Haylea Roberson and Chelsea Kirby)."I'm not pleased with the way we played but I understand it. We have some growing pains that we have to live with.  There will be some games where we can compete and win against teams where some people think we shouldn't, and there will be some games we take a few lumps." 
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