WINFIELD, W.Va. - Offense evaded the Winfield and Poca girls basketball teams throughout regulation, and the search for scoring didn't fare much better into three overtimes.
The Putnam County rivals combined for 74 points in regulation, but needed three overtime periods before Winfield (3-1) escaped with a 54-52 victory on Monday night.
"I'm very proud of the girls," Generals Coach Tim Toler said. "They showed a lot of heart, a lot of character to not give up. They could have given up several times throughout that whole fiasco, but I'm very proud of our girls. They worked hard, they battled, they rebounded when they had to.
"We had a couple girls step up and make foul shots, make baskets down at the end, and I'm very proud of them."
Haylea Roberson provided the deciding basket on a cutting lay-up with 6.8 seconds remaining in the third overtime. Poca (0-7) in-bounded the ball with 5.2 seconds to play, and Winfield mistakenly put the Dots to the free-throw line with potential to tie the contest.
Poca made the first free-throw attempt before missing the second. Winfield converted one of two free throws on the other end with one-half second remaining to cement the victory.
The finish provided many thrills as each quarter and overtime period appeared to be the last, but both teams continued to manufacture plays to extend the game.
Winfield took a two-point lead with 5.9 seconds remaining in regulation when Roberson converted two free throws. Dots guard Casey Skeens, however, dribbled the length of the court before passing to Harley Hutchins below the basket for a lay-up as time expired.
Each team scored just two points in the first overtime, with neither team taking control as the game lapsed into a second overtime.