CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Even though Capital upset undefeated and defending state champion Greenbrier East, the Cougars' reward was the eighth seed Friday and a meeting with No. 1 Spring Valley in next week's eight-team Class AAA girls high school basketball state tournament.St. Joseph, the four-time defending state champion, received the top seed in Class A. (See Page 2B for complete state tournament pairings.)Capital, which lost in the sectional finals, bounced back with a 54-45 win at East in Thursday's region co-finals to halt the Spartans' 30-game winning streak dating to last season. The Cougars and Spartans were originally scheduled to play Tuesday, but because of icy conditions the game was postponed to Thursday, which held up the pairings and seeds until Friday.The Cougars (10-13) and No. 1 Timberwolves (22-3) meet up at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center while No. 2 Morgantown (19-5) and No. 7 Martinsburg (15-6) tangle at 11:15 a.m.
The other half of AAA resumes Thursday with No. 4 Princeton (19-5) facing No. 5 Logan (15-9) at 11:15 a.m. and No. 3 Parkersburg South (17-7) taking on No. 6 Hedgesville (18-7) at 7:15 p.m. The AAA semifinals are 5:30 and 9 p.m. Friday with the championship game at 7:15 p.m. next Saturday.
Capital, which advanced to states for the first time since 2002, is the only team in the AAA field with a losing record. The Cougars lost to Spring Valley by 30 points (70-40) during the regular season."I had a feeling based on our record that we'd be the eighth seed,'' said Capital coach B.J. Calabrese. "I think our record's deceiving. If you look at our losses we lose to Spring Valley, University, GW twice, Princeton, so for the most part our losses have been against good quality teams. I thought we played well and had chances in some and a couple we didn't play well.''St. Joe will (22-1) face No. 8 Man (15-10) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Class A quarterfinals while No. 2 Wheeling Central (21-4) plays No. 7 Valley Fayette (13-7) at 1 p.m., No. 3 St. Marys (23-1) squares off with No. 6 Tygarts Valley (17-7) at 9:30 a.m. and No. 4 Tucker County (19-5) takes on No. 5 Williamstown (14-9) at 9 p.m. The semis are 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday with the title game set for noon next Saturday.Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-4811.