Game 21: Huntington wins third Class AAA state title in four years

After losing in last year’s state championship game, the Huntington Highlanders are back on top of the West Virginia basketball world.

No. 3 Huntington (23-5) won its third AAA state championship in four years with a 50-42 win over No. 1 Capital (23-5) Saturday night at the Charleston Civic Center.

The Highlanders won state championships in 2014 and 2015 before losing to Morgantown in last year’s championship game 65-62.

As they have all tournament, the Dawsons led the way for the Highlanders. Mikal Dawson scored 25 points and pulled in 10 rebounds in the championship game. John Dawson scored 15 in the title game.

Both were dominant throughout the tournament. Mikal averaged 26.6 points and 8 rebounds a game, while John averaged 15 points a game throughout the tournament.

Capital’s Leondre Rogers led the way for the Cougars notching a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Dawsons and Rogers were all named to the AAA All-Tournament Team:

  • Leondre Rogers – Capital
  • Mikal Dawson – Huntington
  • Torin Hanson – Morgantown
  • Anthony Pittman – Capital
  • John Dawson – Huntington
  • Nicky Solomon – Morgantown
  • Ethan Ridgeway – University
  • Grant Subik – Huntington
  • Sportsmanship – George Washington Spirit Award – University

In the first round of the tournament, the Highlanders defeated No. 6 Musselman 65-48 to move on to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Huntington outlasted No. 2 University 73-65.

The Highlanders made it a clean sweep of the state tournament after the Huntington girl's team won a Class AAA state championship last week.