The late UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden - winner of 10 NCAA championships in 12 years - didn't see it like that.
"You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game," Wooden said, "and you can win when you're outscored."
For the Waynesboro Maidens, the latter notion better dignifies the success of this past season than their record (1-21).
Along with a 41-17 victory over Littlestown to avoid a winless season, the play and leadership of senior center Dori Kozain has been the silver lining for Waynesboro.
"It was tough," Kozain said. "It's hard to go out with our heads held high every game, but at a certain point what we decided was that it doesn't matter if we win or lose, we just needed to play hard and leave it all out there."
In addition to leading the Maidens with 11 points against Littlestown, Kozain put up 18 points against Carlisle - making her deserving of Public Opinion Female Athlete of the Week honors.
Her 10.7 points per game has her among the top scorers in the area, and her 225 points scored accounted for 38.9% of the Maidens' scoring this year. To Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart, Kozain's leadership as team captain was her biggest contribution.
"She did the best a kid could possibly do leading-wise," Stuart said. "We had lot of freshmen and sophomores on the team, so they could see the leadership abilities that
At 5-foot-10, Kozain was a presence in the paint, but had other dimensions of her game that made her a consistent scorer.
Stuart said, "She can score inside and step out to the 3-point line and knock down shots, so she's an inside and outside player. She's also one of best shot blockers I've seen in 25 years. She gets five to six a game - she times it perfectly. Very seldom does she get fouls called on her block attempts. That ability really stops a lot of penetration (from opponents) down the middle."
While Waynesboro didn't find the win column often during Kozain's career, she leaves with a slew of other triumphs.
"I made a bunch of memories, so those are always wins," she said.
Asked which memory ranked atop the list, Kozain said, "Probably last year when our starter Megan Baker got (mononucleosis) and was out for a couple of weeks. She told us we had to come together and 'fly in a V' and pick each other up. That kind of concept created good team unity."
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Dori Kozain, Waynesboro
Parents: Bryan and Cathy Kozain
Interests: Young Life (youth/church summer camp)
Surprising fact: Her dog ate her basketball shoes before this season started, so she wore her shoes from 10th grade. Since they were too small, she'd have to take them off in the locker room at halftime because her feet were always swollen.
Favorite pro team: Doesn't watch much sports.
Pro athlete most admired: Rajon Rondo
Most influential person in athletic career: Her former AAU basketball coach Tony Baker
Statistics: Kozain led the Maidens to their first victory of the season last Wednesday at Littlestown, scoring 11 points in the 41-17 win ... This season she has averaged 10.7 points per game ... Her 225 points scored accounts for 38.9% of Waynesboro's scoring.