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2013 WV Girls State Tournament-Day 1
Spring Valley And St. Joe Advance; Mountaineers Fall To Sooners

Reported by: Send eMail Mark Martin
Videographer: A.J. Good/Josh Lewis/Mason Walling
March 6, 2013

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Even though the Mountaineers were on the road, it was a big day of basketball for the Mountain State.

Unfortunately, West Virginia suffered yet another loss in the Big 12. For a third time this season, Bob Huggins' crew fell to the Oklahoma Sooners.

Meanwhile, the 37th annual West Virginia Girls State High School Basketball Tournament is off and running at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

No. 3 seed St. Marys was a big winner in the first Class A game of the day topping No. 6 Tygarts Valley, 52-24. Audra Clark poured in 28 points to lead the Blue Devils in the victory.

The second game of the opening day featured Class AAA action with No. 2 Morgantown defeating No. 7 Martinsburg, 45-31. The Mohigans led from start to finish. Leah Taylor scored 11 points to lead Morgantown while Kiana Bullett had 10 for Martinsburg.

Game three, which ended the first session on Wednesday, had Class A No. 2 Wheeling Central rolling No. 7 Valley, 66-27. The Knights broke open a close game in the third quarter with a 26-5 advantage and then shutout the Lady Greyhounds in the fourth, 16-0.

Colleen McCormick and Emily Bucon each scored 14 to lead the Lady Knights of head coach Penn Kurtz. Alexis Payne had 14 of Valley's 27.

Wheeling Central and St. Marys will tangle in a semifinal on Friday.

The evening session had Class AAA No. 1 Spring Valley downing Capital. The other two Class A contests had four-time deending champion St. Joseph whipping Man and No. 4 Tucker County hanging on to knock off No. 5 Williamstown.

Thursday's schedule will include all four Class AA quarterfinals and the other two Class AAA first round games.

The semifinals in all three classes are set for Friday. Game times will be at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The three championships are Saturday with Class A's title showdown starting at noon, the AA contest going at 2:30 p.m. and the Class AAA matchup at 7:15 p.m.

In boys basketball, part of the Class AA field is set for next week's State Tournament. Scott and Tolsia were area winners. Fairmont Sr., Westside and Bluefield also advanced to Charleston. Three games were delayed due to weather until Friday.

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