"Shots didn't fall like we wanted them to and we kind of got a little lackadaisical there," senior Devyn Harris said, "but we were able to lock down a little bit on defense and be fortunate to get a win."
Defense spurred the SC offense, but also stifled Winfield's scoring chances, particularly those of Generals leading scorer Zach Fisher, who finished with just five points.
Still, Winfield found ways to produce points. Taylor Hearn and John Bellomy combined for 22 points and threatened consistently from 3-point range, as forward Chris Turner worked the interior for 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Winfield chipped at the lead throughout, but each time South Charleston answered. The Black Eagles led by as many as 15 in the second half, but the Generals closed the game to seven points with 49 seconds remaining.
Through it all, South Charleston stayed the course and never allowed Winfield any closer.
"Coach told us to just play good defense and everything would fall into place," Kincaid said.
"It's a game of runs. They made their run, we made our runs, and they made that run at the end. Coach just told us to settle down, play smart and we got the defense. The defense helped us out at the end."
Kincaid finished with a game-high 15 points as eight different Black Eagles players tallied a field goal. In addition to the starting five, seniors Trevond Reese and Kevin Williams both entered from the bench to make large contributions.
Reese finished with eight points, a team-high five steals and three rebounds, while Williams posted a team-high six rebounds and four points.
More than stats, though, Williams said the team understands the right mindset will carry the Black Eagles to victory as teams rise to challenge SC.
"We do get everyone's best shot," he said, "but we just have to stay focused and come out and play our hardest, and that's what we've done so far, and that's what we're going to continue to do."
South Charleston next plays at Capital 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, while Winfield returns to play host to St. Albans 7:30 p.m. Monday.