Spring Valley girls meet Winfield for trip to state
HUNTINGTON -- The road to Charleston continues Tuesday for Spring Valley in the Class AAA, Region IV girls basketball co-finals.
Spring Valley (21-3), ranked No. 2 in the state and the Region IV, Section 2 champion, will host Winfield (12-12) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the state tournament March 6-9 in the Charleston Civic Center.
The Timberwolves earned the right to host the region co-final after defeating Logan, 68-67, for the sectional championship Friday in the Huntington High gym. In the other Region IV co-final, Logan (14-9) travels to St. Albans (14-10) to take on the Red Dragons, who defeated Winfield, 30-27, in the Section 1 championship.
Spring Valley is led by sophomore post player Madison Morris, who has been a double-double machine throughout the course of the season. Morris finished 22 points and 13 rebounds against Logan.
Led by Morris, the Timberwolves feature a large wave of sophomores, which also includes point guard Sarah Kelly, post players Brooke Heck and Jordan Ratcliff and 3-point specialist Kassidy Lemons, who provides a spark as the sixth man.
Add in the experience and talent of seniors MacKenzie Morris and Emily Butcher and the Timberwolves are one of the top contenders left in the state.
Winfield is known for a strong defense that can limit the opposition, but such was not the case earlier in the season against Spring Valley.
The Timberwolves earned a 75-45 win over Winfield -- the most points the Generals have given up all year.
"We played well in that game, but that's the past," Spring Valley coach Bo Miller said. "We have to be ready to play (on Tuesday)."
Logan is playing its best basketball at the right time, led by sophomore Shayna Gore who elevated her game in the postseason.
After scoring 27 in a 78-70 win over Huntington High on Wednesday night, Gore poured in 36 in the one-point loss to Spring Valley.
As is the case with Spring Valley, Logan is part of a large youth movement for girls basketball in the Tri-State.
Gore and fellow sharpshooter Kyra Cline are sophomores while freshman Monica Mitchell is among the best post players in the state, Logan head coach Kevin Gertz said.
Mitchell scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the win over Huntington High while adding 18 in the loss to Spring Valley.
According to Miller, Logan is possibly the most dangerous team among the final 16 who will all be in action Tuesday.
"They are playing really well at the right time," Miller said. "It's going to take a great effort for someone to beat them."
Class AAA state tournament pairings won't be known until Wednesday morning.