Winfield's defense stops Spring Valley
SPRING VALLEY -- For three of the four quarters, it took Spring Valley nearly half the period to figure out exactly how to attack the Winfield zone defense.
In the fourth quarter, the early offensive attrition proved to be too much.
Winfield scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter and kept the Timberwolves without a field goal in the final period to earn a 54-39 boys basketball road win Tuesday at Spring Valley.
"They came out in a 1-2-2 (defense) and we knew they'd play some zone," Spring Valley coach Cory Maynard said. "You have to come out and attack the wings and you have to penetrate gaps to get the ball inside. We failed to do any of it."
Winfield opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run as the Generals used the transition game off of missed Spring Valley shots and a solid offensive rebounding effort to put points on the board.
The first five points of the quarter came off second-chance points, which Maynard said was a direct result of the effort put forth by his team.
"They weren't ready to play tonight and it showed," Maynard said. "I think we got outhustled. They outhustled us and put a better effort out coming into the beginning of the fourth. They take a shot, we don't box out and they get an and-one out of it."
Winfield's strong run in the fourth quarter answered a run by Spring Valley -- namely Greg Herbert -- to get back in the contest.
Herbert scored the final eight points during an 11-1 run that pulled the Timberwolves within 36-35 before Brock Pence's rebound and putback pushed the lead to three entering the final period.
Herbert finished the night with 18 points to pace Spring Valley, who fell to 4-12 on the season and hosts Nitro on Thursday.
"Greg had a great third quarter and he hit some open shots there," Maynard said. "If you let him stand there, he can knock them down."
Winfield also limited Spring Valley leading scorer Jacob Kilgore to just four points. He did finish with 10 rebounds, but just one on the offensive end.
While Spring Valley was stagnant offensively, the Generals moved the ball around and distributed the scoring well.
Winfield started the game hot, scoring 16 points in the game's first four minutes as crisp passing and finding the extra man led to open shots from the outside.
The shooting cooled a bit for Winfield (10-7), but the ball movement did not -- especially once the Timberwolves were forced to press to get back into the contest.
The Generals got several open looks underneath as a result of moving the ball quickly and attacking the defense.
Chris Turner led Winfield with 14 points while Bear Bellomy added 11. Pence and Zach Fisher both scored 10.
WINFIELD 19 10 9 16 -- 54: Turner 14, Schoolcraft 3, Grafton 2, Lemmerman 2, Bellomy 11, Pence 10, Show 2, Fisher 10.
SPRING VALLEY 14 8 13 4 -- 39: Herbert 18, Keyser 7, Kilgore 4, Steele 5, Meade 2, Robertson 3.