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B1 Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Pet Peevy IB5 DAVID PENNOCK Washington High's Danny Moylan goes up for a shot in the Section 2 final on Friday. The Pats hosted Musselman in the region final on Tuesday evening. By ZACH CUMBERLAND sports@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN -- Winning the section title means a little more to the Washington boys basketball program this season. Three years in the making under head coach Alex Feliu, the Patriots came through in their 61-49 win over Jefferson Friday night in the Class AAA, Re- gion II, Section 2 final. It was not only a special moment for the current staff and the current roster, but it was a win based on what the Patriots had been building over the past few seasons. "This is a culmination of something that we've been working on for three years," said Alex Feliu, Washington's head coach. "Those kids really deserve that win because of all the hard work that they put in and it's not just them. It's the Brandon Pitts. It's the Hunter Coates. It's all of those guys that gave our players the knowledge. "This was a moment that our players knew they couldn't give up on despite having a week off. Our kids really worked hard during that week to prepare and it showed just by the way we started." (See PATRIOTS Page B2) Washington High'e Dav!an Hester dribbles past Jefferson Friday night's Class AAA, Region II, Section 2 final. ZACH CUMBERLAND defenders in Jefferson High's Leah Logan puts up a shot Martinsburg In the region final on Feb. 27. DAVID against PENNOCK By ZACH CUMBERLAND Jefferson's go to player down low, along sports@spiritofjefferson.eom with sophomore Amari Wooden. With the majority of talent returning next season CHARLES TOWN -- The Jefferson the Cougars have something to build on high girls basketball season came to an heading into the offseason. end in the Class AAA, Region II contest Over the final 14 games of the sea- against the Martinsburg Bulldogs, but the son, Jefferson rallied to finish 7-7 in that Cougars f'mished the season on an upward stretch of games, after starting the season swing, at 1-9 overall, The Cougars also played Jefferson won four of its last seven better against Panhandle teams down the games, including wins over Washington, stretch as they played Martinsburg and Musselman, South Hagerstown, Md and Hampshire tough before losing. then Washington again in the sectional Jefferson lost to the Trojans 52-47 on playoffs. Seniors Kaiella Smith and Kiay- Feb. 22 in the sectional final and the Cou- ha Bradley helped lead the team in their gars gave Martinsburg a good a run for final seasons, their money! in the regional final before Freshman Christiana Armstrong alsofalling47-33. came on strong this season and became (See COUGARS Page B2) BASKETBALL WVU for Bi: tournament Thursday By MITCH VINGLE Charleston Gazette-Mail Minutes after West Virgin- ia University's men's basket- ball team fell to Texas in Austin, Mountaineer coach Bob Hug gins pulled it out. :I That word. / That three-letter word. That word he rarely uses, but has done so effectively over re- cent years. "We're going to try and fLX some things," he said. "We're going to try. We're going to try and fix some things." Fix. When he's fixated on a task, Huggins goes there. He most famously did so after his 2012-13 team imploded and went 13-19. Said he was going to fix it. And he did. Now, of course, things aren't so bleak. The Mountaineers are the No. 3 seed in the upcom- ing Big 12 tournament and play sixth-seeded Baylor at 9 p.m. Thursday. They are assuredly an NCAA tournament team. Yet the Mountaineer coach probatily does want to tweak. In the 87- 79 loss to a very short-handed Longhorns team, WVU turned UT over 10 times in the first half, but only four times after- ward. Also, while one must give Texas credit for nailing 11 of 19 3-point attempts, the Longhorns did so many times with much open space. The hosts also out- rebounded West Virginia 37-32. "I wish we would have made a shot once in a while and guard- ed somebody," Huggins said. "Maybe try to get a rebound. I found out if you don't try, very rarely do you get one." Mountaineer players Lamont West and Jevon Carter had lit- tle to say after the game. It was understandable since UT was without ex-five star guard An- drew Jones, guard Eric Davis and 6-11 standout Mo Bamba and still won 87-79 in overt'tme. In an attempt to cover, Longhorn guards Kerwin "Snoop" Roach and Matt Coleman both played 43 minutes and both scored 22 points. ,'We focused on playing big- ger than Jevon Carter and Dax- ter Miles," Coleman said. "We made plays on the ball and off the ball." "They're good players," West said. "They did what they were supposed to do and we didn't do what we were supposed to do." Leading to Huggins' anger. "I have backed off this team practice-wise maybe more than any team I've coached," said the Mountaineer coach. "It's prob- ably a terrible mistake. You hear so much about teams having to have legs. Hell, we can't shoot anyway, so if they don t have legs what difference does it make?, He went back to UT's re- bounding edge. (See WVU Page B2) the feeling of good and us on FB, Instagram & visit more specialst mention this ad at booking! ' ' I I