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Native boys’ groups hit the street to battle for state match spots

MORGANTOWN — For groups that need to make it to the state match, dropping within the part finals isn’t the top of the world. It simply makes the subsequent step that a lot more durable.

By dropping final week’s part finals, three Monongalia County boys’ basketball groups now need to hit the street this week. Clay-Battelle, Trinity Christian and College will all be the street crew of their area co-finals over the subsequent three days. 

Clay-Battelle (18-6) will journey to Cameron (19-5) Tuesday, Trinity (11-10) goes to Moorefield (8-16) on Wednesday and College (14-11) takes a visit throughout city on Friday to go to rival Morgantown (22-1).

“If we’re going to lose one, (the part last) is the one to lose,” Clay-Battelle coach Josh Kisner mentioned on Friday. 

The Cee-Bees fell to Doddridge County, 71-65, on Friday. Senior ahead Colby Barr scored a game-high 26 factors, however the Bulldogs hit 10 three-pointers. Doddridge will host Madonna within the different Class A Area I co-final.

CB cut up with Cameron this season, successful 69-43 after which dropping 57-50. The Cee-Bees had received seven video games in a row earlier than dropping to Doddridge. The Dragons have received eight of their final 9.

“I count on us to come back out (Tuesday), play exhausting and see what occurs,” Kisner mentioned. “You’ve obtained to have a short-term reminiscence. We’ll be taught from our errors, transfer ahead and play for the subsequent one.”

This would be the solely regional the place tickets can be offered on the door. Because of the lack of web and cellular phone service at Cameron Excessive College, digital ticketing is not going to be out there.

For all different regionals, tickets should be bought upfront by going to and trying to find WVSSAC.

For Trinity, happening the street within the playoffs is nothing new. The Warriors made it to final 12 months’s state match whereas enjoying three straight street playoff video games.

“We’ll want a variety of coronary heart and can and need to win the Area on the street,” TCS coach Codey Horton mentioned Friday, “but when we play as a crew the best way I do know we are able to, we are able to get the job performed.”

Final 12 months, Trinity received the Class AA co-final at Frankfort to punch its ticket to Charleston. This 12 months, the Warriors might want to do the identical at Moorefield after dropping the part last 63-59 to Braxton County in double additional time.

The Warriors and Yellow Jackets didn’t play this season. Moorefield had misplaced three straight earlier than successful each of its postseason video games up to now. Braxton hosts Frankfort within the different co-final.

Lastly, the native crew that has the shortest journey, College, has to face the hardest problem.

The Hawks will trek throughout the river to proceed a collection towards their rival Mohigans that hasn’t gone nicely for them this season.

Morgantown received each of the conferences this 12 months in blowout style, 95-55 and 86-52. A poor offensive displaying within the part last loss to Bridgeport, the place the Hawks solely scored 36 factors, will have to be corrected in a rush.

“We simply couldn’t get something going,” UHS coach Joe Schmidle mentioned Friday. “We couldn’t end, couldn’t hit any mid-range. We did have some good open appears to be like however we couldn’t knock them down.

“You’re not going to win many video games scoring 36 factors.”

Morgantown is seeking to get again to Charleston with hopes of successful its third-straight Class AAAA championship.

MHS defeated Wheeling Park, 60-46, in its part last. 

Bridgeport will host Wheeling Park within the different Class AAAA Area I co-final.

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