LOGAN, W.Va. — It will be an all-southern West Virginia matchup in next week’s Class AA state tournament as Chapmanville Regional is squared off with Wyoming East.
Chapmanville (21-4) and Wyoming East (15-10) are slated to meet on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. in one of the four state quarterfinal games at the Charleston Civic Center.
Third-seeded Chapmanville advanced with Wednesday night’s 65-44 win over Winfield in the Class AA Region 4 co-championship game at Logan.
Wyoming East moved on with a 57-41 win over Shady Spring on Wednesday night at home in the Region 3 co-final.
The Tigers and Warriors did not play each other during the regular season.
“We’re going to go up there and play as hard as we possibly can,” Chapmanville coach Brad Napier said. “You have to win three games over there to win a championship. Hopefully we can go over there and play well and compete and have a chance.”
Napier said the state tournament field is very difficult.
Chapmanville is 3-2 against Class AA state tournament teams.
The Tigers were 2-1 against Mingo Central this season and also have a win over No. 8 seed Herbert Hoover (62-49) and a loss to No. 1 seed Fairmont Senior (72-54).
“The thing that I tell our guys is play like you have all season,” Napier said. “Every team in the state tournament is good. If you are good enough to be over there, especially in this region, then you are good enough to play with anybody. We just have to play like we have all season and execute and be ready to go.”
advances to state
Wyoming East is known for its shooters, but the Warriors played lockdown defense to earn a trip to Charleston.
The Warriors held Shady Spring to five points in the second quarter and scoreless for the first three minutes-plus in the third on the way to a 57-41 win in a Region 3 co-final on Wednesday night at New Richmond.
“It feels great,” said East first-year head coach Derek Brooks. “I thought our team played good defense. Really, both teams played good defense.”
The Warriors trailed, 8-7, after the first period but Dylan Brehm’s hot shooting and stellar stops on the defensive end put them in control.
Brehm hit fron 15 feet on the right wing and followed his own miss to the basket early in the second to put WEHS ahead for good at 11-10.
He hit another one from the left wing as East went on a 10-0 run.
“We saw that the guy on Dylan couldn’t guard him, so we kept feeding him the ball,” said Logan Mullins.
At 17-13, the Warriors finished the half with an 8-0 spurt. Mullins hit a trey and Brehm sank two foul shots.
Brehm knocked down a 3 from straight away with three seconds left to send his club to the dressing room with a 25-13 advantage.
“I told them at halftime, you have to come out on fire,” Brooks said. “You don’t want to have a let down.”
They didn’t. The Warriors opened the third period with seven straight points.
Brehm, who had a game-high 20 points, converted a three-point play and drained a 15 footer.
Jon Sims hit a couple of foul shots, and it was 32-13.
Shady Spring (15-10) never really recovered and didn’t get closer than 12 the rest of the night.
East took a 35-20 lead into the fourth quarter. It was 40-28 when the Warriors put the game out of reach.
Brehm scored off a nice dish from Sims. Then Corey McKinney, shut down by the Tigers up to then, hit back-to-back 3s to push the lead to 48-28.
“They were smothering me and I couldn’t get a shot,” McKinney said. “But there was a gap, and my teammates found me, as they always do.”
The Warriors spread the floor and down the stretch and made enough freee throws to keep the lead safe.
“We’ve been playing together since we were kids,” said center Zach Cook about the five senior starters. “We always wanted to win a state championship.
“It’s one of the greatest feelings you can have to go to state,” Sims remarked.
“We wanted to go to Charleston and win our last home game,” Brehm said.
Brehm was followed in scoring by Cook (12), Sims (9), McKinney (6), McQuade Canada (5), Mullins (3) and Ethan England (2).
Logan Cook had 11 for Shady. Cole Honaker and Tommy Williams scored nine each.
“We’re not finished,” Brooks said. “I told the kids it takes six wins to win the state championship. We’ve got three more to go.”
The Warriors (15-10) won thier 10th regional championship and improved to 5-0 all-time in tournament games played at home.
— John Conley of the Pineville Independent Herald contributed to this report
CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 16
Game 1: No. 3 Chapmanville (21-4) vs. No. 6 Wyoming East (15-10), 9:30 a.m.
Game 2: No. 2 Bluefield (22-3) vs. No. 7 Lincoln (12-13), 1 p.m.
Game 3: No. 1 Fairmont Senior (22-3) vs. No. 8 Herbert Hoover (13-13), 5:30 p.m.
Game 4: No. 4 Philip Barbour (22-3) vs. No. 5 Mingo Central (19-6), 9 p.m.
Friday, March 17
Semifinal: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 11:15 a.m.
Semifinal: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 18
Class AA boys basketball state championship, 2:30 p.m.
Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner.