Now that the calendar has hit February, basketball games take on a little more importance.
One great aspect of any true team is being able to pick one another up when someone falters.
A great example of that was when Williamstown's Michael Badgley drained a 3-pointer to beat Ravenswood in overtime earlier this week with just seconds to go. At the end of regulation, Yellowjacket Case Edgar needed just one of two foul shots to drop to win the game, but the first went in-and-out and the second wouldn't fall either.
Moving on to college, where things can be tough for young teams, sticking together and bringing it every night is a must in order to gain victories.
Such has been the case for Glenville State College head men's basketball coach Stephen Dye, whose Pioneers got a game-winning triple from Jamel Morris on Wednesday night to beat Davis & Elkins.
Although the GSC men are 6-12 overall and 5-9 in the West Virginia Conference, they've won three in a row and five of seven with a road game set for Saturday at Seton Hill (7-12, 5-10).
"Saturday is going to be big for us," coach Dye said. "We have a chance to move up in the standings and try to get a better first round game for the tournament."
Despite being young, it's been a team effort for the G-men this season. Whether it's been Morris or Kevin Gray leading the way in scoring or Andy Dollman pacing the team in assists, the Pioneers have continued to fight. When one looks at their record, half of their dozen losses have come by seven points or less.
"It's been a frustrating year," Dye admitted. "We've known all along we've had the talent and ability, but we just hadn't been able to do it.
"Our bench has been playing great. Octavius (Hinnant) has given us great minutes at the point guard position and we didn't have that early. He's stepped up and it's been good."
What also has been good in Glenville this year is the women's program of head man Bunky Harkleroad. The Pioneers, victors of six straight, are 14-4 overall and lead the WVIAC with a 12-2 mark.
Aside from leading NCAA Division II in scoring, coach Harkleroad's squad also has six players averaging double figures in points - Tenisha Wilson (19.3), Mishae Miles (14.5), Danielle Woodmore (13.1), Beth Deren (11.5), Ginny Petties (10.9) and Kenyell Goodson (10.3) - although no player averages more than 25 minutes an outing.
"Right now I think we are learning that we really need each other as a team," Harkleroad said. "We need to encourage each other and all the players on our team need their teammates to do well."
Even though things are going well for the Pioneer women, coach Harkleroad knows the road doesn't get any easier from here.
"There's a lot of basketball left and the league is so balanced. You can't take a night off," he added. "We're just worried about Saturday and trying to get through it."
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