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Space groups face acquainted foes with area titles, state event spots on the road

MORGANTOWN — It’s do-or-die time within the W.Va. ladies’ basketball playoffs as area co-finals might be performed this week to resolve which eight groups will make the journey to Charleston for the state event.

In Monongalia County, native groups are going through acquainted foes as they battle for regional championships.

Trinity Christian hosts Frankfort in a Class AA Area II co-final on Wednesday at 7 p.m. 

It’s a scenario all too acquainted for the Warriors (18-5) as that is the fourth straight yr they’ve hosted Frankfort within the area championship. The Eagles (4-14) received all three earlier conferences.

“We hope it ends in another way,” Trinity coach Mike Baldy mentioned.

Seniors Jenna Barnett and Ella Lynch suffered via all three of these losses to Frankfort and now have one remaining likelihood to get previous the Eagles and make it to Charleston.

“Jenna and Ella have to have a refuse-to-lose mentality,” Baldy mentioned. “(Frankfort’s) report doesn’t present how good they’re.”

Behind Barnett and Lynch is a younger Trinity workforce made up of largely freshmen. Regardless of that, Baldy mentioned the workforce’s younger gamers have latched on to Barnett and Lynch and need to make it to Charleston simply as badly as they do.

“We sensed that a bit of after we performed at Frankfort (earlier this season),” Baldy mentioned. “Solely 4 ladies had been via not beating Frankfort however nonetheless in that locker room after the sport there was pleasure.”

The Warriors defeated the Eagles in a daily season contest earlier this month 43-40 at Frankfort. 

“That three factors isn’t snug,” Baldy mentioned. 

Within the earlier years, Baldy mentioned Trinity went into these video games feeling like they’d nothing to lose towards Frankfort. The roles have reversed for this assembly.

“It’s only a distinctive scenario,” he mentioned. “I’m as anxious and nervous main into this as any sport I’ve ever coached. This yr we have now all the things to lose.”

On the opposite facet of city, there might be one other repeat from final season as College hosts rival Morgantown in a Class AAAA Area I co-final on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Hawks (14-10) hosted the Mohigans (15-8) in the identical sport final season, which MHS received 49-29 earlier than happening to win the  Class AAAA state championship.

In final season’s sport, UHS coach Nick Lusk believed his workforce let the second get to them a bit of bit, contributing to the loss. He thinks this season might be totally different.

“I feel our senior management and the schedule that we performed has ready us for this,” Lusk mentioned. “I feel we’re totally different this yr greater than (Morgantown) is totally different.”

Seniors Ella Simpson and Ashlynn Weaver and juniors Hannah Stemple and Julia Maisel all performed within the sport final season.

The Hawks have gotten scorching on the proper time, successful seven of their final eight video games. That one loss, nevertheless, was to Morgantown. MHS freshman Kayli Kellogg scored 30 factors because the Mohigans received 64-54 on Feb. 13.

“We’re on the level within the season when each groups simply have to come back out and play effectively,” MHS coach Doug Goodwin mentioned. “I feel (having not too long ago performed) helps, however you by no means know what Nick goes to do there on the sideline. The final time we performed they’d some new defenses. You don’t need that familiarity to result in being content material.”

Morgantown had received three video games in a row earlier than falling to Wheeling Park in final week’s part remaining. After going through a troublesome away crowd in Wheeling, Goodwin expects one other full gymnasium on Thursday, though with a transfer favorable cut up for the Mohigans.

“With our ending schedule, Spring Valley was an excellent crowd for a day sport and the final two instances to Wheeling Park the setting was phenomenal,” Goodwin mentioned. “We all know it’ll be an excellent residence crowd, however because it’s simply throughout city we’re hopeful we’ll have a pleasant residence crowd as effectively.”

The Mohigans might once more be with out all-state heart Lily Jordan, who Goodwin mentioned remains to be thought of to be day-to-day.

Wheeling Park (20-4) will host Preston (11-13) within the different Area I co-final Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Mohigans have received 9 of their final 10 video games. Preston received a sectional sport for simply the second time in program historical past, defeating Bridgeport 51-47 on Feb. 21.

Tickets won’t be offered on the gate for any area championships and have to be purchased upfront. Tickets might be bought by going to gofan.co and looking for WVSSAC.