Cougars coach Carl Clark was asked if his team took away anything positive from the performance against one of the top teams in the Mountain State Athletic Conference and West Virginia AAA.
"It depends on how the kids respond to it,'' Clark said. "I think there are a few things we can learn from this loss. It's always a good thing if you learn from your mistakes, and we made too many mistakes.
"We didn't run our stuff, we turned the ball over too much and we weren't guarding the people that were scoring.''
Huntington coach Ron Hess knows his team can't have enough tests when competing in a league where nine teams have winning records.
"It's all good basketball teams in this conference,'' Hess said. "Every night will be a tough game for us. It's a big week for us, beating the No. 3 team in the state. It proves to us we're definitely one of the better teams in the state as well.''
Another Kanawha Valley team pulling off a commendable win in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout was Hurricane, which knocked off previously unbeaten Greater Beckley Christian 69-60.
Greater Beckley came into the game ranked No. 2 in Class A with a pair of AAA-type players in Elisha Kidd (23 points) and Javonne Staunton-Bailey (20 points, nine rebounds).
For the Redskins (8-2), it was a continuation of their long and winding road, which in the previous 10 days had taken them to games at Point Pleasant, Woodrow Wilson, Princeton, Riverside and Williamson.
They're hoping all the travel and different looks improve their chances to make a return trip to the state tournament, a goal they reached for the first time last season.
"When we did the schedule at the beginning of the year,'' said coach Lance Sutherland, "our goal obviously was to make it back to Charleston, and we wanted a schedule that would prepare us.
"We're playing in an arena like this and the one down in Beckley that are kind of similar. It gives us a chance if we ever make it back [to the Civic Center] to play on a similar floor against good competition.''
Hurricane does get a couple of home games this week - its first since Jan. 7 - but at what cost?
The Redskins host George Washington (6-2) Tuesday and Winfield (5-3) Saturday, with a game at SC sandwiched between. Next up are dates at Spring Valley (4-3) and versus Parkersburg South (10-0) at the Big Atlantic Classic in Beckley.
"This is our murderers row,'' Sutherland said. "If we can come out of here not too bad, we'll be in good shape.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.