Sectional titles on the line

Elkins and Tucker County will compete for sectional titles today in high school boys basketball action.

The Tigers (14-8) will travel to Lewis County in the Class AAA, Region II, Section 2 title game, while the Mountain Lions (18-3) face Notre Dame at Alderson-Broaddus College in the Class A, Region II, Section 1 championship tilt.

Elkins used 17 points from Logan Phillips to defeat Hampshire on Wednesday.

The Tigers lost both regular-season meetings against the Minutemen.

“They key for us will be rebounding the basketball,” Elkins coach John Lawson said. “In both games against Lewis County this season, we’ve not done a good job on the boards.”

Lewis County features the scoring of John Riley, who had 15 points in Wednesday night’s win over Buckhannon-Upshur.

Against the Tigers this season, the junior center is averaging 31 points and 18 rebounds.

Tucker County, meanwhile, will look to defeat Notre Dame for the third time this season.

The Mountain Lions won 73-60 in Clarksburg and rolled to a 61-42 victory at home.

Ian Nichols had 14 points and 10 rebounds in Tucker County’s sectional-opening win against South Harrison on Wednesday.

Justin Goff fired in 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Cal Cistaro added 19 points in the Irish’s sectional victory over Tygarts Valley.

The Elkins-Lewis County winner will host a regional final on Tuesday, while the loser will travel to the section 1 champion.

The same format will hold form in the outcome of the Tucker County-Notre Dame contest.

The other half of the section continues today as Moorefield will entertain Pocahontas County and Pendleton County will visit East Hardy.

The title game will now be played at 7 p.m. Saturday at Petersburg High School because of the opening games being postponed due to the weather.

The high school boys state tournament will begin March 13 at the Charleston Civic Center.

The girls tournament will start on Wednesday.