Garrett Haines’ work pays off for Mohigans

MORGANTOWN — Garrett Haines spent at least an hour a day in the gym last summer putting up shot after shot at the Rowdy Center baskets at Morgantown High.
From inside, outside or midrange, there wasn’t a shot Haines didn’t put countless minutes into trying to improve his scoring opportunities headed into his senior year with the Mohigans, especially since inconsistent offense is something MHS has struggled with the last few seasons.
“We couldn’t score last year and I think we have the guys this year that are capable of scoring a lot more,” Haines said. “The team worked on shooting and I got a lot of shots up on my own and with my teammates all summer.”
Haines, a 6-foot-6 forward who can stretch the floor, wanted to add weight to help him become a more consistent shooter.
As a junior, he averaged just 5.5 points per game but ballooned that number just over 13 points per game this season. He scored 23 points in a loss Tuesday against Class AA No. 2 Fairmont Senior.
It’s a big leap that MHS (8-4) is happy Haines took.
“Garrett is one of the most improved players in the state,” coach Dave Tallman said. “He made a commitment in the offseason to becoming a great player. He put 20-plus pounds on in the weight room and worked on his entire game. I’m very proud of him.
“He could always shoot the ball. It was his strength and ability to be strong with the ball but that’s a thing of the past. He’s a very tough kid now.”

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