Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BOYS BASKETBALL - SISSONVILLE 76, WINFIELD 73 ; Indians Lose Lead, Recover to Rally Past Generals

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BOYS BASKETBALL - SISSONVILLE 76, WINFIELD 73 ; Indians Lose Lead, Recover to Rally Past Generals

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The first half was all about offense - Sissonville and Winfield took turns threading sweet passes and knocking down shots, leading to plenty of points. The second half, however, was all about grit, defense and determination - and the Indians had a whit more grit.

Zack McCutcheon matched his season high with 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Tuesday night as Sissonville held off a couple of last-ditch 3-point tries to earn a 76-73 victory over the visiting Generals in a battle of Cardinal Conference contenders.

Sissonville (8-3), ranked No. 8 in Class AA, held a 76-70 lead with a minute left, but a 3-pointer by Winfield's Braeden McGrew, combined with two missed 1-and-1s by the Indians in the final 11 seconds, gave the Generals two more opportunities to send the game into overtime.

Christian Frye, who hit the game-winner for the Generals against Nitro earlier this season, missed with seven seconds left and at the final buzzer to allow the Indians to escape with the win.

"We put ourselves in that predicament," said Sissonville coach Rich Skeen, "and they run a couple of really nice plays to get open looks.

"We missed the front ends of two 1-and-1s, and you shouldn't do that. And something else happened - we didn't get a rebound [before McGrew's late 3] and they got three cracks at it. If we get that rebound and they start fouling, maybe you're not as tight and you can stretch it out."

Winfield (8-5), which came in winning seven of its last eight, trailed at halftime 47-42. The game to that point featured few turnovers and some superb shooting on both sides, leading to an offensive showcase.

The defense ratcheted up a few notches, however, in the second half, and the flow of points slowed to a trickle.

Sissonville hammered out a few nine-point leads and was in front 60-51 when the Generals went on a 10-0 run to close the third quarter, gaining a 61-60 lead. …

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