‘Shootout in the Big House’ shows area talent
HUNTINGTON — For anyone getting ready for postseason basketball, an event this week in Charleston serves as an appetizer before the main course.
The Little General Stores “Shootout in the Big House” involves some of the state’s best high school teams Tuesday and Wednesday in the Charleston Civic Center.
Daily admission is $7. There are just two girls basketball matchups on the docket for the 16-team event, but one of them will likely be the biggest game in the two-day classic when Class A No. 1 Huntington St. Joe locks up with Class AAA No. 10 Logan at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The St. Joe Irish have not lost to an in-state opponent since March 8, 2008, when they fell to Wheeling Central in the Class A state championship game.
Since that time, Huntington St. Joe’s girls have defeated 66 consecutive state opponents and have racked up five consecutive Class A state championships on the same Charleston Civic Center floor where they will take on Logan.
Logan has also seen success in the Charleston Civic Center, earning a berth in last season’s Class AAA state championship game where the Wildcats fell to Parkersburg South.
The teams met earlier this season (Dec. 14) at Chapmanville with the Irish taking a 75-46.
In other action, Huntington St. Joe’s boys team, ranked No. 2 in Class A, will kick off the high school varsity portion of Tuesday’s slate at 3:30 p.m. against Class AA Liberty-Raleigh. Later Tuesday, Logan and Winfield lock up in a Class AAA boys basketball matchup.
Wednesday’s varsity action gets underway as Huntington Prep makes its first-ever appearance at Charleston Civic Center in an 11:30 a.m. contest against Riverside Christian Academy (N.C.).
Other Wednesday games include a 2:30 p.m. boys matchup between Morgantown and Wyoming East, a 5:30 p.m. girls matchup between Class AAA No. 1 Parkersburg South and George Washington and a 7 p.m. Class A boys game between Buffalo and Magnolia.
In middle school boys action, Our Lady of Fatima plays at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday against Logan.
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