In a 2019-20 season surrounded by uncertainty and unprecedented circumstances, a pair of unstoppable individual stars and two impeccable all-around teams brought a certain degree of night-to-night assuredness to the Class AA girls basketball hoops scene all year long.
Bailee Adkins, St. Joseph’s 5-foot-7 senior guard, could have displayed her considerable scoring talent across a challenging schedule during her senior season.
Last week, West Virginia’s schools were closed and extracurricular activities suspended due to the coronavirus, which put the high school basketball postseason and spring sports preseason on hold.
Every team still alive in the girls basketball postseason — hanging by a thread while awaiting a final call from the Secondary School Activities Commission — has its own unique story.
League champion Winfield, a Class AA state tournament semifinalist, placed three players on the All-Cardinal Conference girls basketball first team.
If there was any spot on the stat sheet that Gilmer County’s girls basketball team could point toward as the reason it defeated Wheeling Central in the Class A state tournament quarterfinals, it was the turnover column.
A late fourth-quarter scoring drought for Cabell Midland opened the door for University to take a 56-43 victory in the Class AAA girls basketball state tournament quarterfinals Thursday at the Charleston Coliseum.
It’s not often that two teams are left crying in the postgame press conference.
The Charleston Coliseum has historically had a way of turning extraordinary shooters into subpar ones.
It wasn’t the hottest of starts for two-time defending champion Parkersburg, but when the Big Reds got it going, they still proved to have more than enough to take another step toward defending its title.
Despite a 47-point win over Bridgeport in the regular season, Class AA No. 1 seed North Marion needed overtime to survive the Indians this time around.
It had been three long years since Winfield made a state semifinal run with a big group of freshmen.
For 24 minutes, the Woodrow Wilson and Morgantown girls basketball teams were locked in a game that resembled nothing like a normal No. 2-versus-No. 7 state tournament matchup. As the fourth quarter began, the No. 7 Mohigans owned a two-point advantage over the No. 2 Flying Eagles.
As PikeView’s Laken McKinney took to the free-throw line in the waning minutes of the Panthers’ Class AA girls basketball state quarterfinal against Fairmont Senior, there were tears in her eyes. They were tears of joy.
All season long, Winfield played like and said the things befitting a team with long-term goals of settling unfinished business.
For those arriving in the Capital City on Wednesday morning to cheer on a team or just to take in the best girls basketball our state has to offer, let me be the first to welcome you.
On most nights, even against the state’s best competition, George Washington junior guard Kalissa Lacy found ways to score in bunches.
WINFIELD — The Winfield Generals are feeling like it’s finally their year. If their latest performance was any indication, it might be hard to argue with them.
HAMLIN — Throughout the third quarter, Nitro hadn’t shown much against Lincoln County’s defensive adjustment of picking up Wildcats’ guard Baylee Goins with a double-team at half court.
HINTON — Punching a ticket to the state tournament isn’t easy. Summers County coach Chad Meador knows that better than anyone, but that knowledge alone isn’t enough.
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