HURRICANE - If Hurricane High School's 81-79 win Wednesday night against visiting Spring Valley were a game between George Washington and South Charleston, or between Capital and Beckley, it would have been labeled an instant classic.
As it is, the Redskins (11-6) won their seventh consecutive game by surviving 28 lead changes and 11 ties when senior forward Garrett Tinsley took a bounce pass in the paint from point guard Rasaan Harris for the game's final score with 2.8 seconds left.
Tinsley, who scored 24 points to share the game high, said his team is working to make such events as Wednesday's win one that will draw more attention simply because Hurricane was involved.
"We're trying to build this thing up to where it's supposed to be," said Tinsley, who shared the game high in rebounds (eight) with Spring Valley's Elijah Wellman.
"We want to get it where people know we can play."
Hurricane has already claimed wins against Capital and Beckley during its current win streak. The Redskins have not lost since a 79-74 setback against Greenbrier East on Jan. 13.
"At least we're entertaining. You get your money's worth when you come see us," Hurricane second-year Coach Lance Sutherland said with a laugh. "Twenty-eight lead changes, I tell you what. But you know, it's another game where the kids didn't panic.
"We're just so used to being in this situation. Just one time I'd like to win a game by 15 or 20 points; just one time."
Sutherland's grumbles were in good fun, and deservedly so.
Although his team committed 15 turnovers, the Redskins shot 52.5 percent from the floor and 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from 3-point range.
Neither team ever led by more than six points, an advantage the Redskins enjoyed midway through the second quarter.
But the Timberwolves' sharp shooting - they were 34-of-60, a 56.7 percent clip - kept the game close throughout. Hurricane outscored Spring Valley by one point in the first and third quarters, while the teams played to a tie in the second and fourth.