HURRICANE - Last season provided landmarks at the start and finish for Hurricane.
The Redskins won at Logan for the first time in 21 years to begin the season, and ended it for the first time as part of the Class AAA state tournament field in the Civic Center.
For a long time in Thursday night's opener, however, it looked like a landmine instead.
Hurricane fell behind shorthanded Logan by as many as 13 points in the first half in front of a raucous home crowd. But then a solid second half, not to mention double-figure scoring by all five starters, rescued the Redskins toward a 78-63 victory.
Garrett DeFries dropped in 22 points to lead Hurricane, and Henry Sorsaia ruled the low post with 19 points and 19 rebounds.
The Redskins didn't take the lead for good until Sorsaia's three-point play early in the fourth quarter to make it 53-51. Hurricane hit 15 of 23 from both the floor and the foul line in the second half to start pulling away.
"It's a step in the right direction,'' said Redskins coach Lance Sutherland. "We're a pretty new team. I know we've got three starters back, but our roster has a bunch of brand new faces and a bunch of new things. It's going to take a while for us to get used to playing together.''
It took more than three quarters on Thursday as the Wildcats managed to build a big lead despite being without injured senior Josh Rein, a potential starter, and having top returning scorer Brynden "Worm'' Street sitting on the bench after just 85 seconds when he picked up his second foul.
In fact, seven different Logan players were whistled for two fouls apiece in the first half, forcing coach Mark Hatcher to dig deep into his bench. Still, those replacements conjured up leads as large as 36-23 and the Wildcats stayed in front 36-29 at halftime.
"We were horrible in the first half,'' Sutherland said. "We're trying to find that team concept. Really, we were playing as individuals and weren't playing as a team. We put some subs in, and the subs got it back to seven. Then Garrett DeFries stepped up and started playing some defense and Trey [Dawson] decided he wanted to start playing and everybody started rolling.