Lady Warriors In Fourth-Straight State Tourney
Dunmore, WV – The Wildcats of Meadow Bridge traveled to Dunmore Wednesday evening to challenge the Pocahontas Lady Warriors in a girls’ basketball regional championship game. The young Wildcats, with just one senior on their roster, came into the game with a 17-6 overall record, but were no match for the more experienced and more athletic Pocahontas squad. The Warriors demolished Meadow Bridge, 87-29.
With the victory, the Lady Warriors advance to the state tournament in Charleston for the fourth year in a row.
Warriors coach Tim McClung says the Wildcats knew they were in trouble early.
“We just played real well tonight,” he said. “They’ve got a nice team. They’ve got a good team. We just came out and got on them early. We hit some shots up front and I think that sort of got them down. We played them last year in a regional game, I believe it was, and jumped on them early also last year. So, they knew that if they got down, they were going to have a hard time.”
The coach says his team shooting improved.
I thought we shot the ball real well tonight,” he said. “We haven’t been shooting the ball real well in the last four games. I attribute that to the fact we’re only playing one game every eight or nine days. We weren’t playing consistent basketball. Last week, we got two games in and then, this week, we got this game in so I think that helped our shooting.”
McClung says his defense was the main reason for the blowout victory.
“Defensively, we played real well,” he said. “They had forty-some turnovers in the first half and that just gives us a lot of opportunities. I attribute the game to that, really.”
Heading into the state final eight, the coach is confident because of his team’s experience.
“I think we’re going to do well,” he said. “I really do. I feel real good about this team. This is the fourth year in a row for this bunch of seniors. If we can hit a few shots early in the game and don’t get down, we’ll be fine.”
State tournament officials posted the class-A bracket Thursday morning.
The number-five seed Lady Warriors will play number-four seed Trinity Christian in the state class-A quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center on March 8 at 9 p.m. Trinity Christian, of Morgantown, sports a 24-1 overall record this season, with their only loss coming at Tucker County on February 14. Tucker County is ranked number-six in the tournament.