WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Hitting a shot, grabbing a rebound, or creating a turnover, winning takes many forms, and during a paltry offensive showing, the Winfield boys basketball team found a way against Beckley on Thursday night.
Tied with less than four minutes to play, the Generals fought, scrapped and manufactured any possible way to create the right equation to earn the program's first-ever win against Beckley, 48-44.
"For us, we've had so many close ones, but we haven't finished," Winfield Coach Pat McGinnis said of the team's 5-4 record entering Thursday.
"We have a sign on our door as you go out the door in the locker room that says 'Find A Way,'" McGinnis said, "and I told them we just haven't been finding a way to win. We've been close, but we just have not found a way. Tonight, we found a way."
At halftime, Winfield led 17-14, but it didn't appear either team was ready to find a way. The two squads combined to shoot 11-of-51 from the field in the first half.
"It was a low-scoring game," Winfield senior Brock Pence said.
"It was slow the first half, but it picked up. Our intangibles are always there: our defense, our hustle, our rebounding, but we let the offense come to us. That's what's important to our team, defense, so we try to hustle every play."
Then, the offense finally came when the Generals produced a 9-0 run to lead by 28-17 late in the third quarter.
Beckley refused to back down though and responded with its own 14-0 run to take its first lead of the game.
Instead of cowering before the storied Flying Eagles program, Winfield stepped forward.
Taylor Hearn hit a runner followed by back-to-back baskets in the paint from Pence and the Generals turned a tie ballgame into a 6-point lead with 2:11 remaining.
Later in the fourth quarter, Pence hit another bucket to extend the lead to seven. Beckley reeled off four points to make it a one-possession game, and then created a steal with 35 seconds left.