Tucker, Pocahontas to host regional finals

Tucker County and Pocahontas County will look to secure spots in next week’s state tournament with victories today in Class A Region II final play.

The Mountain Lions (18-4) will entertain PVC rival Pendleton County, while Pocahontas County will host Notre Dame.

Both games will begin at 7 p.m.

The Mountain Lions, who defeated the Wildcats in both regular-season meetings, advanced with a 52-19 victory over Notre Dame in Friday’s sectional title game. Tucker County’s defense dominated play, holding the Irish without a field goal until 5:45 remained in the fourth quarter.

Senior Stephanie Betler led the Mountain Lions with 13 points and five assists.

Madison Mullenax added 12 points and Elizabeth Nichols pitched in with 11 points.

The Wildcats (9-11) dropped a 61-42 decision to Pocahontas County in their half of the section.

Senior Kaylee Edwards had 17 points in a losing effort.

The Warriors, meanwhile, will be making their 13th straight appearance in regional final action. They did not face Notre Dame during the regular season.

Tristin Day topped Pocahontas County (15-7) in scoring in the sectional title game with 21 points, including four 3-pointers.

Melissa Murphy added 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in the victory.

The Irish (12-11) are led in scoring by sophomore guard/forward Francesca Steele, sophomore guard Rachel Rogers and sophomore guard Allie Ridgway.

The state tournament will begin next Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center.

Other regional final games on tap for today around the state include Trinity at Wheeling Central, Magnolia at St. Marys, Fayetteville at Sherman, Tug Valley at Midland Trail, Gilmer County at Huntington-St. Joseph and Charleston Catholic at Williamstown.

St. Joseph is the defending state champion. The Mountain Lions lost to the Irish in last year’s state semifinals.