By Steve Keenan
Four of the five Fayette County public high schools will be involved in girls Class A section basketball tournament play beginning tomorrow.
The Class A Region 3, Section 2 girls tournament will tip off on Friday, Feb. 21 at WVU Tech’s Baisi Athletic Center.
Admission will be $5 for students and adults.
According to tournament director Lee Loy, the field will include No. 1 seed Fayetteville, No. 2 Meadow Bridge, No. 3 Midland Trail, No. 4 Greenbrier West, No. 5 Valley and No. 6 Richwood.
Section 1 participants will be No. 1 Sherman, No. 2 Man, No. 3 Tug Valley, No. 4 Van, No. 5 Greater Beckley Christian and No. 6 Montcalm.
They will play their games on the courts of the teams with the better seed on Feb. 24, 25 and 28.
Section 2 pairings are as follows:
Friday, Feb. 21
-- Greenbrier West vs. Valley, 6 p.m.
-- Midland Trail vs. Richwood, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
-- Fayetteville vs. Greenbrier West-Valley winner, 6 p.m.
-- Meadow Bridge vs. Midland Trail-Richwood winner, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27
-- Championship, 7 p.m.
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Although seeding won’t be determined until later this week, the Section 2 boys teams will follow a similar format at Tech on March 3, 5 and 7.
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In Class AAA, the No. 5 seed Oak Hill girls will play at No. 4 Princeton Monday in their Region 3 opener, according to Red Devil coach Marshall Murray.
Greenbrier East earned the top seed, while Woodrow Wilson is No. 2 and Shady Spring No. 3.
Murray, in his first year at Oak Hill, questioned the one-win Tigers being seeded by the region’s coaches above Oak Hill, which is 6-13. He surmised some of the other coaches’ unfamiliarity with Oak Hill as a possible reason.
In 2013-14, the Red Devils have shown improvement in the win column, since they went winless a year ago.
“From what everybody tells me we’ve done better this year,” Murray said. “I guess you have to be pleased.
“I’m happy we got where we are, but it could be a whole lot better. There were six or seven other games we should have won.”
Oak Hill’s top scorer this season has been post player Kaitlyn Goodman, who averages 12.3 points per game.
Other key contributors have included Savannah Keffer (7.5 ppg), Alyssa Barron (6.8 ppg), Madison Lilly (6.3 ppg), Caelea Teel (4.9 ppg) and Sarah Kessler (3.0).
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