"We've been trying to get confidence back into his shot,'' said Knapper of Grier. "He hadn't been shooting that well, but we've been staying after practice shooting jump shots. He's got that confidence back.''
Grier's shot lit a fire under SC, which tallied the first six points of the fourth to forge ahead 62-47 with 5:57 remaining in coasting to the win.
"I just don't think we played good quarters two through four,'' said SC's Herbert. "Something needs to be looked at to make the playing field level as far as practicing because we couldn't practice Tuesday and Wednesday.
"No excuses, Hurricane's really good. They're going to win 17 or 18 ballgames. Some counties can practice and we're sitting at home watching TV because we can't. They're probably going to be sharper than us. I think if we would have been able to practice Tuesday and Wednesday we would have played more crisp and sharp.''
Sorsaia notched 17 points with five rebounds, three assists and two blocks for Hurricane (8-3) while junior forward J.T. Rogoszewski added 16 points and eight boards. Redskins senior post Ace Estep pitched in 11 points and five caroms and junior guard Trey Dawson had 10 points, four assists and four steals.
"We just came out too tentative,'' said Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland, who guided the Redskins to the state tournament last season. "We just didn't handle the pressure.
"Once we scored, everything was OK. We don't ever quit. If [Grier] doesn't make that 3 at the end of the third quarter, it's a six-point game and it's getting ready to be a dogfight. [SC is] very physical and it's hard to go against that sometimes. We're getting there.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.