Morgantown tops Huntington; Poca advances in a thriller

Marcus Constantino/West Virginia Press Association Morgantown’s Carson Poffenberger (24) goes up for a shot as Huntington’s Eli Archer and Joe Patterson, right, defend during Class AAAA semifinal action on Friday.

CHARLESTON — Top-seed Morgantown outscored No. 4 Huntington, 26-8, in the third quarter to post a 64-42 win in Class AAAA semifinal action Friday night at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.

The Mohigans (19-1) face the winner of Friday’s late game between second-seed George Washington and No. 3 Martinsburg at 8 p.m. today in the title game.

Morgantown, which held the Highlanders to 26.3 percent shooting from the floor and a decisive 51-29 rebounding advantage, led 26-19 at halftime before breaking the game open in the third and carrying a 52-27 lead into the final quarter.

Alec Poland had 12 points, Carson Poffenberger 11 points and Brooks Gage 10 points and nine rebounds in the win.

Jaylen Motley and Brendan Hoffman paced Huntington (12-4) with nine points each.

Class AA

Poca 42, Charleston Catholic 40

Isaac McKneely’s 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in regulation pushed second-seed Poca past No. 3 Charleston Catholic in a thrilling Class AA semifinal on Friday.

The Dots (13-4) grabbed a 39-38 advantage on a McKneely trey with 23 seconds left but the Irish (12-3) regained the lead on a driving layup by Aiden Satterfield to set up the dramatic finish.

McKneely finished with 25 points for Poca, which plays top-seed Williamstown, a 55-41 winner over Chapmanville in Friday’s other semifinal, at 12:30 p.m. in today’s championship game.

Satterfield led Charleston Catholic with 22 points.


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