HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Henry Sorsaia followed his 29-point, 10-rebound performance in a 57-46 Hurricane win over visiting Parkersburg with a curt assessment of his team.
"We've really been playing to the level of our competition lately," the 2012-13 All-Kanawha Valley pivot said. "Like, coming out against Capital we were up 15 on them, and then we play Ripley and teams like this and they're beating us at halftime or something like that.
"I really think we need to start playing with our full potential," Sorsaia added.
Parkersburg (1-4) led 15-11 after one quarter Tuesday night despite seven early turnovers. While the Big Reds kept giving Hurricane extra offensive possessions, the Redskins were content to stay on the perimeter and take 3-point shots that repeatedly caromed off the rim and into the arms of a Parkersburg defender.
In fact, Hurricane missed its first 10 shots from 3-point range until senior forward Garrett DeFries hit from outside to pull Hurricane to within 21-20 midway through the second quarter.
It was the team's only make from 3-point range, as the Redskins finished 1-of-16 from outside.
Working in Hurricane's favor, however, was Parkersburg's absolute inability to hang on to the ball. The Big Reds turned the ball over 26 times in the loss, with 10 of those turnovers coming in a decisive third quarter that saw Sorsaia time and time again use a spin move to get from the high post to the bucket for easy lay-ins.
"Usually nobody's there to cut it off," Sorsaia said. "It's usually one of those things where I have to read when I'm going to the basket. If I'm going in and (a defender) is going to cut me off that's usually when I go to the spin move. If he's not there I won't spin, I'll just take it to the hole."
Hurricane led 47-34 after three quarters after holding a three-point lead at the half.