By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Patriots of Winston Academy have gotten off to a slow start win-wise on the basketball court, but as the season progresses they hope their inside strength will be too much for opponents to handle.
Starters Carter Lane Jones, Brock Baker and Logan Webb return for the Patriots and first-year head coach Cory Burns, who also coaches the baseball team. Webb will run the point for WA, while Jones is at small forward and Baker is at center. Baker is a three-year starter for the Patriots and averaged 12.5 points per game last year.
“We are going to try and work the ball inside when we can,” Burns said. “That will be our strength.”
Freshman Payson Roberts is handling the point guard duties for the Pats, while senior Thomas Snyder will also be seeing time there. Nathan Walters is at the two guard spot, with Jones at the three and Kenny Wright and 6-foot-2 Miles Johnson at the four spot. Stanton McMinn, at 6-foot-5, did not play last season, but is being looked at to provide some depth and size on the inside.
The Pats opened their season with a 56-32 loss to Immanuel as Baker scored 13 points and had seven boards. He had 15 points and 15 rebounds in a Nov. 11 loss to Heritage, while Roberts tossed in 12.
Baker had 10 points and nine rebounds in a 69-30 loss to Pillow while Roberts scored 19 to lead the 0-4 Patriots in their 48-40 loss to Kemper Academy on Thursday. Baker had 12 points and nine rebounds in the game.
Winston Academy was scheduled to visit Pillow Academy in Greenwood on Tuesday, before traveling to Macon to take on Central Academy on Thursday. The road trip continues on Saturday as the Pats make the short trip north to take on the Volunteers of Starkville Academy.
WA will take the Thanksgiving holidays off before traveling to Lamar School on Dec. 2 and finally returning home to host Newton County Academy on Dec. 3.