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Morgantown ladies start state title protection in quarterfinal towards Greenbrier East

CHARLESTON — The Morgantown Mohigans, defending Class AAAA ladies’ basketball state champions, will start their state title protection Tuesday morning because the 2024 WVSSAC ladies’ state basketball event begins from the Charleston Coliseum and Conference Heart in Charleston.

Fourth-seeded MHS will match up towards No. 5 seed Greenbrier East, coached by WV Governor Jim Justice, within the first recreation of the AAAA competitors at 11:15 a.m.

The Mohigans defeated College 59-42 in a Area I co-final to punch their ticket to the state event.

This would be the first assembly between the 2 groups for a number of seasons.

“Greenbrier East is sweet offensively and we’ve got to ensure to cowl their shooters — they aren’t afraid to place the ball within the air,” MHS coach Doug Goodwin stated. “Operating our correct rotations will probably be key for us on this recreation on protection as a result of they will additionally assault the gaps if they’ve the prospect.”

GE enters the event averaging 63.3 factors per contest. The 21-4 Spartans started the season 3-3 however went on a tear after that, profitable 18 of their remaining 19 video games, together with a present streak of eight video games. 

For the Mohigans it was a little bit of a unique journey, profitable their first 9 video games. They’re 3-7 since that time, shedding six of seven video games between the tip of January and the start of February.

The Mohigans will look to depend on their group protection within the quarterfinal bout, as they’ve allowed 45 factors per recreation to opponents this season.

On the identical time, Goodwin stated the boldness of his gamers has been rising persistently by the second half of the season on the offensive aspect. Having the ability to play at a number of tempos and controlling the tempo of the sport will probably be helpful for MHS throughout its title protection.

“I feel our ladies have been getting higher every recreation and their persistence on the ground has elevated,” Goodwin stated. “We didn’t do something particular within the College recreation the opposite night time, we simply settled in and did what we needed to do to get the job completed.”

Coming into the week, Goodwin stated he is aware of his group feels the strain of not solely enjoying within the state event however defending a state title additionally.

“That is type of the identical feeling I had again in 2014 after we had been the six-seed,” Goodwin recalled, as MHS went on to win the primary of three-straight titles from 2014-2016. “Wins and losses and the way that season went have felt barely related and we went on to win all of it. When you hit the ground down there it’s a must to chill out and go play. If it’s your first time or your final time, it’s a must to deal with your feelings when the time comes.”

Morgantown could also be with out returning first-team all-state choice Lily Jordan, who has missed the final month of the season with an harm.

Regardless of the lack of Jordan, MHS can look upon senior Sofia Wassick, additionally a first-team choice final yr, and junior Sadaya Jones, who scored 33 factors within the Mohigans’ Area I title victory over UHS.

Winners of Tuesday’s quarterfinal recreation will transfer on to play within the Class AAAA semifinals on Friday at 1 p.m.

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