St. Marys, Clay County set for NOC rematch
PARKERSBURG – No. 2 (Class A) St. Marys will be looking to make it four-in-a-row when the North Division champion Blue Devils take on the winner of the South Division in the Little Kanawha Conference’s Night of Champions Saturday at Roane County High School.
Howard Meeks’ squad (18-1 overall) finished with a perfect 12-0 mark in divisional play and will be representing the North in the league’s showcase event for the fifth year in a row-Braxton County defeated the Blue Devils by a 63-49 score in the 2009 title tilt.
The Blue Devils’ opponent appears to be No. 4 (Class AA) Clay County, who has dropped the past three championship games against their North rivals. The Panthers of head coach Mary Ramsey (14-3 overall, 9-1 South) put themselves in the driver’s seat with their 65-54 win over Gilmer County last week.
Clay County closes out divisional play with home games against 3-13 Calhoun County and 4-13 Roane County. A loss in both games would drop the Panthers out of the title tilt, but that would appear to be an unlikely event.
The entrants for Saturday’s consolation contest also appears to be decided after Parkersburg Catholic’s 52-41 win over Ravenswood and Gilmer County’s 46-40 win over Braxton County.
Marty Vierheller’s Crusaderettes (12-6, 8-4 North) punched their ticket in dramatic fashion with a road win over Cara Williams’ Red Devils. Williamstown, which closes divisional play against 3-13 Doddridge County could match PC’s North mark, but will lose the No. 2 spot via the LKC’s tie-breaker rule No. 6-Power rating using the WVSSAC football system.
With a pair of victories over Charleston Catholic and single wins over Wirt County and Trinity, the Crusaderettes win that decision as Fred Sauro’s Yellowjackets only managed a pair of non-conference wins over Roane County and Magnolia.
Making its first trip back to the NOC since the 2005 campaign is Amy Chapman’s Titans (13-4, 9-2 South). Gilmer County still has a divisional date at Calhoun County on Wednesday, but even a loss to the Red Devils would not change things as the Titans would get the nod based on tie-breaker No. 2-Head to head competition. Gilmer captured both meetings against the Eagles by scores of 53-42 (Jan. 16) and 46-40 (Feb. 1).
This past week’s results have also cleared up the picture of who will be playing in Thursday’s LKC Placement games that will be contested on the home court of the North Division schools.
- Fifth Place: This appears to be a matchup between Williamstown (9-8, 7-4 North) and Keith Greene’s Braxton County squad.
The Yellowjackets have a final North game against Doddridge County but, would win the tie-breaker against Ravenswood as Williamstown owns a pair of wins over Ritchie County while the Red Devils split their two contests with the Rebels.
- Seventh Place: Ravenswood will represent the North in this matchup. But, their opponent may not be known until Wednesday as Wirt County (7-14, 5-7 South) has the nod for now, but could be dropped to the Seventh Place contest as Roane County (4-13, 3-6) has divisional games remaining against Calhoun County, Clay County and South Harrison..
Two wins in those three games and Frank Farrah’s Raiders will tie the Tigers for the No. 4 spot in the South, forcing it to be broken by tie-breaker No. 6 (WVSSAC rating). Wirt County’s two wins over a 9-win Buffalo squad gives it enough points to get past Roane and send it to Ravenswood.
- Ninth Place: This should see a meeting between Roane County and either Tyler Consolidated (8-10, 3-8 North) or Ritchie County (8-9, 3-8 North).
Matt Kinnard’s Silver Knights and Dave McCullough’s Rebels were scheduled to meet Saturday night at Ellenboro, but weather forced that game to be postponed. The rescheduled date is slated for tonight or Wednesday based on weather conditions and if both programs are in school.
If the game is not played, the Silver Knights would earn the North’s No. 5 slot based on their 57-51 win over Ritchie County on Jan. 22.
- Eleventh Place: Adam O’Harrow’s Calhoun County Red Devils will represent the South against either Ritchie County or Tyler Consolidated based on the previously talked about criteria.
- Thirteenth Place: Rich Roberts’ Bulldogs from Doddridge County (3-13, 0-10 North) will play host to South Harrison (1-6, 0-11 South) in this contest.