SC's Devon Harris (right) pulls an up-and-under on GW's Luke Eddy during a fast break in Wednesday's game.
South Charleston's Avy Mosley (left) and Kelli Jo Harrison of George Washington battle for a long rebound in Wednesday's girls game at the Civic Center.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston didn't disappoint its fans on the state's biggest stage Wednesday night at the Civic Center.
Senior guard Rashaud Kincaid made sure of that, hitting all five of his 3-point attempts and finishing with 17 points in leading a first-quarter shooting barrage that put the Black Eagles in the drivers seat in a 60-40 decision over George Washington. A crowd of about 3,000 attended the Class AAA boys high school basketball matchup.
Kincaid knocked down three 3s in the opening quarter as SC jumped out to a 24-9 lead and GW was never able to recover. The Black Eagles (2-0) connected on 10 of 16 shots in the first period and made all four of their 3s.
"I think we just wanted to come out and just give our fans something to cheer,'' said Kincaid. "They're our rivals and we always want to play hard. We had some pretty good looks from 3 and nobody hesitated. They went down for us.''
Senior post Trevond Reese chipped in 12 points, including six in the first period, with six rebounds for the Black Eagles and senior guard Devon Harris added nine points.
SC never had another quarter like the first, netting 36 points in the other three periods, but they didn't need it after taking a 34-16 advantage at halftime. The Black Eagles made 9 of 11 3-pointers, including 6-of-10 in the first half.
"They're good,'' said GW coach Rick Greene of SC. "They're one of the top three or four teams in the state easily.
"If they shoot that well, I don't know who's going to be able to take them out. You can't defend them everywhere. We just don't have enough firepower to overcome that. I wasn't real happy how we approached. I thought we weren't aggressive enough coming in.''
What was even more impressive, the Black Eagles played without two key contributors in A.D. Cunningham and Kevin Williams, who were out for disciplinary reasons, according to SC coach Vic Herbert.
"We came out and shot the lights out,'' said Herbert. "I can't be any happier. [We have] been notorious for getting off to bad starts. We got off to a good, sharp start.
"Hopefully, that'll be a trend for us because we're traditionally a slow-starting team. We were pretty good for a half and pretty bad for a second half. I think we've got a chance to be pretty good. We've got a lot of work to do. A lot of work. We've got a chance.''
Senior guard Luke Eddy, who has signed to play at Division I Elon, tallied 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds for GW (1-2) and was the only player to score in double figures.
"We're going to get better,'' said Greene, whose team played its first game at the Civic Center since losing to Hedgesville by one point in the Class AAA state championship game last March. "We need to play these people.
"This is really good competition for our kids. We just have to mesh a lot of kids, but they're trying. I wouldn't write our obituary yet. They're really good kids and they've been working hard. We've just got to get better.''
GW 38, SC 26: Kelli Jo Harrison scored 16 points to lead George Washington to a 38-24 win at the Charleston Civic Center against South Charleston on Wednesday night in the opener of a girls/boys doubleheader between the schools.
The Patriots (3-1) led 26-12 at the half in the girls game and held South Charleston to zero points in the third quarter.
Taliah Cashwell led the Black Eagles (4-3) with 11 points in the loss.
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