When new players start to work with the Woodbridge girls basketball team, they are almost immediately intimidated by the intense, methodic practices, the complicated plays and Coach Ron Davis' yelling. But once they become accustomed to the hard work and realize Davis' toughness is an essential component to success, they like the intensity and the coach.

With 15 straight wins this year, the undefeated Vikings appear headed for another state tournament appearance.

Four starters return from last year's state semifinal team. Rebecca Wakefield has been on the team for four years and has been a starter for three. The 5-7 senior guard was the MVP in the Gar-Field Invitational Christmas Tournament and is the team's leading scorer with 184 points in 15 games. Wakefield is also the district's leading scorer on the soccer field. For the past two years she has led the Vikings and the district in scoring.

Lori Huffman has started two of her three seasons on varsity. The 5-11 senior center emphasized the importance of off-season training, which includes playing in a summer league, weightlifting and open gym scrimmages.

"We have a really good tradition to uphold. Everyone is aware of it and everybody knows what's expected," Huffman said.

Jennifer Lewis, a junior forward, agrees, "We've had a tradition of working hard. We need to live up to what's been done in the past."

Senior Rose Bell said she wanted to play for Davis two seasons ago because she knew she'd learn something from him. The 5-8 guard/forward has learned the importance of rebounding, aggressivness and hustle. Junior Tiffany Smith is the team's second leading scorer averaging 11.0 points per game. Junior Tiffany Lord is the sixth player and offers good rebounding skills.

Sophomore Michelle Stringer has done well relieving Wakefield at the point guard position. Sophomores Courtenay Shifflet and Kathy Leeper are Huffman's relief at the center spot. Mary Kate Gray and Danielle Genest, both sophomores, and freshman Rebecca Ramirez contribute to a strong backup team.

Davis has coached many sports in 11 years at the school. He was recently selected head football coach after 11 years as an assistant to Bill Holsclaw, who resigned last month. Over the years Davis has been assistant coach to the boys basketball team and coach of the track team. And he has demanded discipline from each one. That, he says, is the key to a winning season.

"Practice is not a waste of time. If there is a lot of time wasted you lose {the players'} attention." said Davis, now in his seventh year coaching the girls. "I like to keep their attention. It has to be serious. I demand that kind of discipline from everything that I do. If you have discipline you will be a success."

When Davis took over the team in 1981-82 the program immediately became a factor in the district. Davis inherited a team with a 2-18 record the previous year. In his first season the building began as the Vikings compiled a record of 11-8 to finish fourth in the district. The next year they ended 12-7 and third in the district.

An 18-6 season the following year sent the district runnersup to their first of five Northwestern Region tournaments. In 1984-85 the district champion Woodbridge team was 25-1 and went to regionals. The Vikings' 17-7 season the following year also put them in regional contention. Woodbridge went to the AAA semifinals last season before losing to eventual state champion Stuart and finished 22-4.

Teamwork is another quality Davis demands. He stresses that every player is equally important and he spends as much time with the second team as he does with the starting lineup.

"My 12th person is just as important as my first. I get all of them to know what's going on. It makes for better harmony on the team," Davis said. "I always emphasize team and teamwork. {The players} you see out there are what you will have for the next three or four years. What you do now is going to help you in the future."

The jayvee and freshman teams learn the varsity strategies. When the first and second varsity teams play each other in practice Davis wants them to be equally strong. "We don't want to play anybody tougher than we do in practice."

That toughness has brought the team recognition and a strong reputation. But Davis keeps the success in perspective. "I tell them to always just do their best . . . be the best player and the best individual they can possibly be," Davis said. "Our goal is not to win. We're not going to win every game. As long as we do our best, that's all I can ask for."

"They {Woodbridge} are very disciplined. When their second team comes in you don't notice the difference. They all run the same plays very well," said Fauquier Coach Rob Moffet. "They are very talented also. They can go 10 deep and not lose much {talent} at all. They have a good blend of young players and experienced players combined with good coaching that pulls them all together."

Despite an undefeated record, Davis makes sure the Vikings don't become too sure of themselves. "He {Davis} tells us the same thing before every game, 'Don't slack off,'" Wakefield explained. "He reminds us that we still have to work. He tells us to keep up the intensity because they'll be shooting for us. We know that every team on any given night can beat us."

"The player is an extension of the coach. If I act like I've got it made, then my players are going to act that way," Davis said. "So I try and keep {our success} in the proper perspective -- we've still got to work.

One way to ensure competition among his players is Davis' choice of captains, which changes each week. Those players with the best games are selected as the team captains for the following week, which leaves each player aiming to continue to improve. Practices never deviate and are always fast and hard, no matter how difficult an upcoming game is.

Davis does not concentrate on obtaining college scholarships for his players. At the beginning of each season he asks each player if a scholarship is her goal and if it is he helps that player work towards it. Four of his players have received scholarships but Davis is more proud of the fact that every one of his players has gone to college.

What concerns Davis more is that each girl gets playing time and tries her best. "When we are winning I'll put the second team out there. They may not succeed the first time or second or third. I let them keep trying and maybe they'll get it right the next time," Davis said. "They are out there because they want to play."