WINFIELD, W.Va. — Winfield is in the mix of a deep list of state tournament contenders out of Class AA Region 4.
Senior point guard Braeden McGrew has been at the heart of Winfield’s success, eclipsing 1,000 career points in the process.
“I think I handle the ball well enough to be able to get my teammates open. But at the same time, if I need to get a shot, I’m also able to create some space for myself to get the ball off,” McGrew said. “I think I’m honestly more of a pass-first guy, but if I’m hot or I have the opportunity, I’m going to shoot the ball.
“My teammates like to get me the ball a lot as well,” he continued. “A lot of credit goes to them for keeping the ball circulating and getting back into my hands.”
McGrew averaged 17 points per game last season as a junior and has been around that mark this year. He reached the 1,000-point mark during a win over Mingo Central on Jan. 26 and recently committed to West Virginia Wesleyan.
“I’m very excited for it and I feel like I have a lot of good things coming for me,” McGrew said. “They told me they really liked how I could control a game and be such a leader and not really realize it. They really liked my ball-handling, my vision and they said I really worked the point guard position well.”
Winfield (15-7) hopes to continue pushing the pace in the postseason.
“Our senior class has a ton of team chemistry, playing together since third grade,” McGrew said. “We know each other very well and have bought into what Coach has to tell us. We’re all ready and will do whatever we have to do get to the state tournament. We’ll do whatever it takes.”
The Generals are the No. 2 seed in their section, behind No. 1 Nitro. The teams split a pair of regular-season games. The opposing section in Region 4 features state tournament contenders Chapmanville, Mingo Central and Logan.
“We’re ready for it,” McGrew said. “I think it will be really interesting and exciting. I’m hoping I can lead us through it. That would mean the world to us (if we could get to the state tournament).
“This has been our dream since we were in third grade. We have four senior starters and a sophomore, who is pretty experienced as well. I think we can handle it.”
Winfield will face either Sissonville or Point Pleasant Wednesday in a sectional semifinal. The other side of the bracket has Nitro facing either Wayne or Poca.
2017-2018 Boys Basketball Schedule
|1||12/05/17||7:30PM||H –||ST. ALBANS HIGH SCHOOL||65||–||58||W|
|2||12/16/17||4:00PM||H –||WYOMING EAST||60||–||74||L|
|5||12/28/17||7:30PM||A –||POINT PLEASANT SENIOR/MIDDLE SCHOOL||71||–||52||W|
|12||01/23/18||7:30PM||A –||CHAPMANVILLE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL||53||–||81||L|
|13||01/26/18||7:30PM||A –||MINGO CENTRAL||71||–||62||W|
|15||01/31/18||7:30PM||A –||HERBERT HOOVER||57||–||45||W|
|18||02/07/18||2:30PM||A –||BIG HOUSE SHOOTOUT:LEWIS COUNTY||80||–||62||W|
|19||02/13/18||7:30PM||H –||HERBERT HOOVER||77||–||68||W|
|21||02/17/18||4:00PM||A –||WYOMING EAST||67||–||71||L|
|22||02/20/18||7:30PM||A –||CABELL MIDLAND||67||–||69||L|
|wins: 15 lost: 7 ties: 0|