WINFIELD - There have been a lot of what-ifs, close calls and late-game collapses this season that have prevented a solid Winfield team from being one of the area's best.
But thanks to a couple of big performances from big men, some swarming defense and ample free-throw shooting, the Generals had enough to notch their second victory in a row on Saturday.
The Generals forced 18 turnovers and hit 21 of 28 foul shots in dispatching Wheeling Central 67-56 on a snowy Saturday in front of an understandably sparse crowd at Winfield.
Big men Chris Turner (18 points, eight rebounds, three blocks) and Brock Pence (12 points, eight rebounds) took control early and guided Winfield.
"It's one of those games on a Saturday, it's snowy, there's nobody in the stands - the intensity level wasn't there," Winfield coach Pat McGinnis said. "It's a win and we'll take it. We've had a lot of close games this year so it was good to have a little bit of space. But give them credit, they kept coming."
The Generals (9-7) made an 11-0 run early in the second quarter to extend their lead to 12. And while the Maroon Knights (8-11) battled mostly behind Chase Harler's 23 points, the lead was never lower than six the rest of the way.
Credit Turner especially, who consistently made his presence felt on both ends of the floor all night long.
"We just run what the coaches tell us to and hope everything works out," Turner said. "We try to feed the post as much as we can and if they double team, we try to kick it back out.
"We played Winfield basketball. We did what we do in practice everyday, which is try to keep the intensity up and trap as much as we can and try to force turnovers."
The loss for Central was its second in consecutive nights in the Kanawha Valley after dropping a game to Class A No. 1 Charleston Catholic on Friday.
Maroon Knights coach Mel Stephens said it just wasn't his team's day . . . again.