Washington too much for Lewis in regional title tilt

WESTON – Washington placed five players in double figures in cruising past Lewis County 96-50 Thursday night in a Class AAA Region II title game.

The Patriots (20-5) advance to the state tournament for the first time in school history. Martinsburg also moves to Charleston after knocking off Elkins, 88-56, in the other regional final.

“We’re excited about moving on to the state tournament,” Washington coach Don Bullett said. “I’m excited for the school and the community.”

Washington jumped out to an early 19-2 lead on a Keldon Bell jumper with 3:15 left in the first quarter, and extended its lead to 26-5 after the first quarter.

The Minutemen never came closer than 28-8 after a Kyle Marsh jumper with 6:49 left until halftime, as the Patriots finished the first half on a 14-11 run to build a 42-19 advantage at halftime.

The lead grew to 80-32 after three quarters.

Dominique Newman finished with 25 points, while Maleke Jones added 17, Edward Jones 13, Kendell Smith 12 and Isaiah Brown 10 for the Patriots.

“I thought our kids played well the whole game,” Bullett said. “I knew coming into the game that John Riley was going to be a challenge and I thought we did well defending him.”

Riley finished with 22 points for the Minutemen.

“We knew Washington was a fast team,” Lewis County coach Charles Simms said. “They jumped out to an early lead on us and we couldn’t get anything to work.”

Lewis County finishes the season with a 14-11 record.

Class A

Notre Dame 63, Moorefield 57

MOOREFIELD – Justin Goff fired in 25 points to lead Notre Dame past Moorefield 63-57 Thursday in a Class A, Region II final.

The Irish are the eighth-seed in the state tourney and will face No. 1 Tug Valley at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Charleston.

Cal Cistaro added 18 points for Notre Dame, which led 24-23 at halftime and 43-40 after three quarters of play.

Lance Taylor fired in 23 points, while Garrett Keller added 17 points for the Yellow Jackets, who finished the season with an 11-12 record.

“It was a disappointing loss,” Moorefield coach Pat MacGregor said. “I thought we played well but just couldn’t overcome foul trouble.”