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St. Joe, Spring Valley girls seeded No. 1

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- All eyes are on a pair of area teams after brackets for the West Virginia Girls Basketball State Tournament were released.

Huntington St. Joe and Spring Valley are seeded No. 1 in their respective classes for the tournament Wednesday through Saturday, March 9, in the Charleston Civic Center.

Class A St. Joe is 22-1 with its only blemish a 53-48 loss to Webb School (Tenn.).

The Irish have not lost to an in-state opponent since the 2008 Class A state championship and are looking to earn their fifth consecutive state championship.

If they do so, they will complete a five-year run in which they have not lost to an in-state opponent.

St. Joe begins its state tournament run with a 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, matchup against Man. St. Joe defeated Parkersburg Catholic in Region IV, 73-45. The Hillbillies advanced with a 79-71 double-overtime win over Fayetteville in Region III.

Class AAA Spring Valley (22-3) got the nod as the No. 1 seed when Capital knocked off previously undefeated Greenbrier East in Region III. Spring Valley advanced after beating Winfield in Region IV, 70-47.

Spring Valley's state tournament run begins Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. against Capital. The Timberwolves won a regular season game against the Cougars, 70-40.

Logan is the other Region IV representative playing Princeton at 11:15 a.m., Thursday. Princeton is led by Marshall University recruit Mackenzie Akers.