PARKERSBURG-Coming off of one of its worst setbacks of the season, Parkersburg and veteran head coach Jeff Mennillo were looking for something good to happen when the Big Reds played host to Winfield Wednesday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.
That something good happened as the hosts outscored the Generals by a 34-20 margin in the second half en route to pulling out a 55-52 come-from-behind victory over the Mountain State Athletic Conference rival.
"This was a much needed win," said Mennillo. "At the end of the day, this season has been a roller-coaster of emotions with big wins, close loses and some blowouts against South and South Charleston.
"Our kids have dealt with the adversity pretty well, however and we are looking for things to get better from this point forward."
That was not the case, however, as the Big Reds (5-8) suffered through another second drought and trailed Winfield by 11 points, 32-21, at the intermission. The Generals' Chris Turner tallied 12 of his team-high 17 points in the first 16 minutes of action and was giving the hosts fits inside the paint.
The second half was a different story as Parkersburg, which plays at Morgantown next Tuesday, clamped down on the Generals leading scorer while seniors Trevor Britton and Ben Umpleby caught on fire.
Britton, who finished with 19 points, got things rolling for the red and white with a one-for-two effort at the free throw stripe just 63 seconds into the third quarter. That would ignite an 11-3 run by the hosts as a Britton jumper with 5:38 showing on the clock brought Parkersburg back to within six, 35-29.
Winfield would answer with a run of its own as a steal for a lay-in by Zach Fisher, a triple by Toby Show and a three-point play by Fisher would push the margin up to 11, 43-32, with 3:06 remaining in the quarter.
Parkersburg, behind four points each by Britton and Umpleby, would slice the deficit to five, 45-40, heading into the final eight minutes of play.
A final quarter that was dominated by the hosts.
Senior Adrian Webster got things started with an inside hoop as the Big Reds would go on a 7-0 run to take a 47-45 advantage with 5:57 left in the game. A triple by Turner and a lay-in by Fisher off of a Turner steal returned the lead to the Generals, 50-47, but Parkersburg would tally eight of the final 10 points of the quarter to pull out the victory.
"It (winning) does (help our confidence)," said Mennillo. "Probably the worst thing about this team is that we are a victim of our record. If we can play with that confidence for 32 minutes we are going to be a very good team."