Stage set for girls state basketball championship games

The stage is set for the three girls championship games. (WCHS/WVAH)

After three days of play, the stage is set for West Virginia's three girls state championship matches.

No. 6 Williamstown (21-5) and No. 5 Huntington St. Joe (17-9) will square off in the Class A championship game.

The Yellow Jackets are led by Ashley Morris, who has been a stat sheet stuffer in Williamstown’s two state tournament games. Morris is averaging 26.5 points, 5.5 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals a game in the tournament.

Williamson has pulled an upset in every round leading up to the state championship. In the first round it upset No. 3 Tucker County 58-51 and in the second round the Yellow Jackets upset No. 2 Wheeling Central 65-59.

Huntington St. Joe may only be the No. 5 seed, but the Irish are no strangers to the big stage. This is the tenth season in a row St. Joe has played in the state title game.

During that ten year run, the Irish won seven titles in a row, a run that was ended last year to the hands of Gilbert County.

Like Williamstown, St. Joe has been the lower seed in each of its first two games. In the first round, the Irish got revenge on Gilbert County, upsetting the Titans 55-47. In the second round the Irish dominated the No. 1 seed beating Summers County 79-59.

The Yellow Jackets and Irish will tip off at noon Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center.

In Class AA, the top two seeds will face off for all the marbles.

No. 1 Bluefield (23-2) will take on No. 2 Fairmont Senior (23-4), who fell to Wyoming East in last year’s Class AA championship game.

On its way to the title game, Bluefield won each of its first two games by 12. In the first round, the Beavers defeated No. 8 River View 53-41 and in the semifinals, knocked off No. 4 Winfield 55-43.

The Beavers have not trailed in the state tournament.

The Polar Bears won both of their first two games in dominating fashion. In the opening round, Fairmont Senior beat No. 7 Bridgeport 65-41, and in the semifinal Friday night beat No. 3 North Marion 65-36.

Fairmont Senior is led by a pair of players averaging more than 20 points a game in the state tournament. In the state tournament, Erica Bowles is scoring 23.5 points per game and is averaging 9.5 rebounds.

The Polar Bears’ Anysa Jordan is averaging a double-double in the first two games of the tournament averaging 26.5 point and 13 rebounds.

The Beavers and Polars Bears will square off at 2:30 Saturday afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center.

In Class AAA, No. 1 Huntington will take on No. 2 Buckhannon-Upshur in the final game of the girls state basketball tournament.

Huntington has been led by Jordyn Dawson. Dawson is averaging 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals per game after the first two games of the tournament.

In the opening round of the tournament, the Highlanders cruised past No. 8 Spring Mills 57-34. In the semifinals, Huntington held off No. 4 South Charleston 45-41 in a nail biter.

Buckhannon-Upshur has been dominant during the state tournament. In the first round the Buccaneers breezed by No. 7 St. Albans 56-36.

The Buccaneers cruised again in the semifinals, blowing out No. 6 Wheeling Park 49-27.

Buckhannon-Upshur has not trailed during the state tournament.

The Highlanders and Buccaneers will tip off at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in the Class AAA state title.

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