Sectional semifinals on tap
Tucker hosts Cougars, Harman visits Pendleton, Colts travel to Keyser
ELKINS — High school boys basketball sectional semifinals will take place for area teams this evening.
In Class A, Region II, Section 2 play, third-seed East Hardy will visit No. 2 Tucker County, while No. 4 Harman travels to top-seed Pendleton County.
In Class AA, Region I, Section 1 action, No. 3 Philip Barbour ventures to No. 2 Keyser.
All games have 7 p.m. starting times.
The Mountain Lions (7-16) earned a spot in the semifinals with an 88-54 home win over Union on Monday evening as sophomore Wyatt Betler fired in a career-high 23 points and senior Raheim Lamb also hit a career best with 13 points.
Seniors Corrick Ambrose and Jeffrey Snyder lead Tucker County in scoring.
The Mountain Lions took both regular-season meetings with the Cougars (11-11), winning 52-49 at Baker and 62-47 in Hambleton.
Harman, meanwhile, advanced by rallying past Moorefield, 61-58, at home on Monday.
Michael Lambert netted 20 points, Braydan Huffman 19 and Clayson Knotts 13 in the victory.
Pendleton County, which is led by talented guard Marcus Sites, swept the Panthers by scores of 85-55 and 72-51 in regular-season play.
The Wildcats (14-6) enter the postseason on a seven-game win streak.
The winner of tonight’s games will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Petersburg High School for the sectional crown.
Both teams will advance to regional play, with the victor hosting a game.
Philip Barbour (11-11) looks to avenge a 70-49 setback earlier this season to the Golden Tornado (11-11) when they clash in Keyser.
The Colts moved on by upending Petersburg, 68-59, Monday in Philippi.
Seniors Levi MacAdam and Kiyan Bartlett each bucketed 16 points for PBHS in the win, while sophomore Jed Hawkins chipped in 10 points.
The winner advances to face either Grafton or top-seed Frankfort at 7 p.m. Friday in the sectional title game at the homecourt of the highest seed remaining in the section.