It broke a two-game losing streak for GW, which suffered close road losses to state-ranked South Charleston (63-62) and Woodrow Wilson (69-62) in the previous five days.
"I don't know if we're still feeling sorry for ourselves over the last two games,'' Greene said, "but to me that's just an excuse. The game started at 7:30.
"Parkersburg's won four games and that's our 10th win, so we shouldn't be down about anything. We're still having a very good year. We'll see how it finishes out, but I'm disappointed we didn't come out with more energy. You [usually] get a little more juice coming back home.''
Dean provided the heavy lifting early, scoring 10 points in the first four minutes and had 17 points and five rebounds by halftime. He hit 7 of 8 shots to start the game and made all seven of his free throws.
Elmore, the Kanawha Valley's top scorer, then took over for stretches and finished with eight rebounds, six assists and five steals to go along with his 25 points. Alex Lewis dropped three 3s to score nine points and GW led 30-27 in rebounds.
"Like coach told us,'' Elmore said, "we'd rather have a bad win any day over a good loss, so we'll take that one.''
Jordan Colebank, who guarded Elmore much of the game, added 12 points and six rebounds for Parkersburg before fouling out and Wade scored 10 points.
"We're sort of an anomaly,'' said Big Reds coach Jeff Mennillo. "We're not a 4-10 team, I don't think. We started off the year real young and real inexperienced and we lost a bunch of games early that I think if we can go back and play them now . . . we've rapidly progressed, We almost beat Wheeling Park the other night and we've played competitively with Beckley and South Charleston to a point. This one kind of got away from us at the end.
"Our kids are growing up. The only problem is that when we started to 'get it,' we had a stretch where we had South Charleston, Beckley, Wheeling Park and now we get Capital on Saturday. So we're really playing good basketball, but not getting a lot of rewards for it. I think we're going to be a dangerous team come tournaments. We have great camaraderie. You'd never know being around us or in our locker room that we're struggling. We think we're ranked. We've just got to get over the hump.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.