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Bears look to ground Skyhawks

March 3, 2012
Salem News

CHARLESTON - The No. 7 is said to be lucky. The Golden Bears hope it is for them.

The Oak Glen girls' basketball team advanced to the West Virginia Class AA State Tournament for the third time in four season thanks to a 54-46 victory over Point Pleasant in a Region 1 Co-Final Thursday night at the Oak Glen Fieldhouse.

With the win, the Golden Bears improved to 18-7 on the season.

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The Golden Bears’ Amy?Webster cuts down a piece of the net after the Region 1 Co-Final Thursday night at Oak Glen. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)

The seeds and the pairings for the state tournament were announced Friday. The tournament will once again be held at the Charleston Civic Center. The quarterfinals are set for Wednesday, the semifinals are scheduled for Friday and the state championship game is slated for Saturday.

Oak Glen will now play Scott in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. The Golden Bears are the No. 7 seed, while the Skyhawks are seeded second.

The Skyhawks are 22-2 on the season.

Scott advanced to the state tournament by defeating Herbert Hoover, 70-36, in a Region 4 Co-Final Thursday night at home.

The tournament will get underway at 9:30 a.m. with No. 3 seed Pikeview facing No. 6 seed Frankfort. Westside, the No. 1 seed, will play eight-seeded Ravenswood at 5:30 p.m., and No. 4 seed Clay County will battle fifth-seeded Lincoln at 9 p.m.

Ravenswood advanced to the state tournament by defeating Tyler Consolidated in the other Region 1 Co-Final. The Golden Bears defeated the Silver Knights, 69-60, last Friday night to win the Section 1 title.

The winners of the Pikeview-Frankfort and Scott-Oak Glen games will meet in the semifinals at 9:30 a.m. with the other semifinal matchup scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

The state final is scheduled to start at noon.

Scott advanced to the state tournament last season before falling to Summers County, 86-41. Summers County also defeated Scott in the 2010 final by a score of 58-50.

Summers County won the state title in each of the past five seasons, but the Bobcats failed to qualify for the state tournament this season.

Summers County lost in the state finals in 2006 to Winfield, 59-42.

The Bobcats got their revenge over the Generals in 2007, and Summers County defeated Lincoln in back-to-back seasons to win the state title.

Oak Glen is one of four teams from the OVAC to qualify for the state tournament. Wheeling Central is the No. 2 seed in the Class A Tournament. Wheeling Central will open the tournament at 9:30 a.m. Thursday against Charleston Catholic.

Wheeling Park and Morgantown qualified for the state tournament in Class AAA. The Patriots will face the Mohigans in the quarterfinals at 11:15 p.m. Thursday. Wheeling Park is seeded fourth, while Morgantown is the No. 5 seed.



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