Top-seeded Fayetteville easily advanced to Thursday’s Class A Region 3, Section 2 girls basketball championship, but the second seed, Meadow Bridge, wasn’t as fortunate.
In semifinal action Tuesday at WVU Tech’s Baisi Athletic Center, Fayetteville (15-6) posted a 55-36 verdict over Greenbrier West in the early game. That was followed by No. 3 seed Midland Trail’s 38-25 upset of No. 2 seed Meadow Bridge, setting up a Fayetteville-Midland Trail clash at 7 p.m. tonight at Tech for the championship.
Following is a review of the contests:
G. West 36
Junior Maddie Pritt scored 20 points to lead Fayetteville past Greenbrier West in the first semifinal. Freshman Kendall Malay added 12 points for the Pirates.
Kristen Harris had a big game for the Cavaliers, scoring a game-high 23 points.
West pulled to within nine points, 30-21, with 4:45 left in the third quarter, but Fayetteville proceeded on a 12-0 spurt to salt the game away. Pritt buried a 3-pointer, Avina Sedlock converted a baseline drive, Kaitlyn Sisler scored on a putback, Malay scored a deuce and Pritt closed off the run with another trey from the right wing, stretching the advantage to 42-21 with 1:30 left.
West’s Myka Perry ended the run with a two-point goal at the 1:07 mark, but the damage had been done.
“We went to the full-court man and that got them rattled and a little tired,” said Fayetteville coach John Mark Kincaid. “We missed easy layups and our foul shooting (11 for 31) was poor.”
Hs team also saw several players incur early foul trouble. “I’m just glad we played a lot of people during the year,” Kincaid said.
Looking ahead to tonight’s tussle with Midland Trail, Kincaid said, “It should be a good game.”
Fayetteville defeated Midland Trail in both regular season games, but the second outing was much closer. In fact, the Patriots led in the second half before falling 50-44 on Feb. 6.
“We always get their ‘A’ game,” Kincaid said. “They get after it when they play us.
“It’s an intense game.”
“If we make a few shots and get in our defensive pressure, we’re pretty daggone good,” said Kincaid.
Midland Trail coach Matt Harper says the keys for his team will be two-fold. “We have to get the ball inside; Madison Syner will have to have a big game,” he said. “And we have to not let their pressure bother us.”