"The first half I didn't think we played very well," Stephens said. "They came out and played much better the second half. [Winfield] is a good team and sometimes you've got to make your own breaks and right now we're not doing that. We've got to keep working, keep plugging away and get ready for the tournament."
Speaking of postseason play, the Generals could wind up being one of the most dangerous teams in the state if they're finally able to put together full games and performances.
Consider some of Winfield's losses - Princeton by six points, Wheeling Park by four, Capital, Parkersburg and Huntington by 3 and Hurricane by 2.
The Generals were an eyelash from winning some if not all of these games and had a few gone the other way, Winfield's program would certainly be getting a lot more buzz, especially locally.
"This team has underachieved, there's no question," McGinnis said. "This team has to pull together as a team. We've had some attitude problems. Once they get that corrected, I think they can be pretty good but as long as we have that undercurrent it's not going to happen. You can't have 'I' guys, you've got to have guys that want the team to do well.
"It's kind of like all year it seems we're getting there, but then something else would flare up. Once we get that straightened out, and I think it's gradually getting there - you hope you pull it together at the right time."
That right time would certainly be in a couple of weeks when sectionals start but as Saturday's win showed, maybe the Generals are starting to jell early.
"We've been so close," McGinnis said. "We've had opportunities, missed free throws at crucial times and things like that. We're in every game with a chance to win - we've just got to learn how to finish."
Zach Fisher added 14 points for Winfield, which made just 2-of-15 3-point attempts. David Park chipped in with 15 points for the Maroon Knights and Brandon Wallace added 10.
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