CHARLESTON, W.Va. - There's a funny thing about basketball turnovers. When teams eliminate them, deficits seem to disappear along with them.
Winfield, which had committed eight turnovers in the first half Tuesday night against Logan in falling behind the Wildcats by 10 points, cut those errors to two in the second half to force overtime, then turned control over to senior Zach Fisher, who led the Generals (11-9) to a 77-75 win over the Wildcats (7-10) in overtime.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Generals, who had not won since topping St. Albans on Feb. 6.
Fisher was held to four points in the first half as Logan pressured Winfield's guard-happy lineup in a steady man-to-man defense.
"Nobody's really done that to them this year," Logan coach Mark Hatcher said. "Even teams that make a living off man, they've gone zone on them. So we wanted to pressure them. It worked for a while, but sooner or later I knew they were going to start hitting shots."
Those shots started falling for the Generals almost as soon as the third quarter began. Fisher, in particular, caught fire to the tune of a 7-of-9 performance from the floor. He finished with a game-high 26 points.
Still, Logan held a tenuous lead until the fourth quarter when Winfield amped up its own defensive pressure. The Generals converted steals into buckets on three consecutive Logan possessions - two scores coming from Toby Show after Taylor Hearn steals - and when John Bellomy hit a 3-pointer as part of his 22 points, Winfield took its first lead at 61-58.
Bellomy had a chance to win the game in regulation, but a 3-point attempt from the right corner was long with 45 seconds left. Logan didn't fare any better in its final possession of regulation, however, as Braxton Goff missed a pair of free throws with 9.6 seconds left. Goff nearly atoned for the misses with a steal in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, but lost the handle and the ball caromed out of bounds as the horn sounded.
Fisher opened the extra session with a 3-pointer and after a Winfield stop he added another field goal, setting the tone for the remainder of the game with Winfield owning a five-point lead. A Brandon Wright bucket gave the Generals their biggest lead at 72-65 with less than a minute left, but three turnovers in the final 30 seconds allowed Logan to close the gap one last time.
A Zac Acord coast-to-coast layup cut Winfield's lead to 75-73 with 23.9 seconds left, but the Wildcats got no closer.