4 area teams No. 1 seeds

PARKERSBURG -Several area girls basketball teams were rewarded for their success during the regular season and voted No. 1 in their respective sectionals on Monday.

Unbeaten and top-ranked Parkersburg South (18-0) received the top seed in Class AAA, Region I, Section 1.

The field of four in that particular sectional also consists of second-seed Wheeling Park followed by Parkersburg and Brooke. Brooke visits Parkersburg South, while Parkersburg travels to Wheeling Park for their sectional openers on Wednesday, Feb. 26. South concludes the final week of the regular season with last night’s game at Morgantown and a trip to the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday when the Patriots match up with George Washington.

“It’s been hard this season because the weather has played havoc with the schedule,” South coach Scott Stephens said.

“The girls have handled it pretty good, but they are frustrated when games are canceled. They don’t like practices and would rather play games. I like practices, so I guess we are opposite.”

Receiving accolades for taking third place at last Saturday’s Little Kanawha Conference’s Night of Champions in West Union was Ravenswood, which received the top seed in Class AA, Region I, Section 2 ahead of No. 2 seed Webster County.

The play-in game has Ritchie County playing at Roane County on Monday, Feb. 24. Two days later, Ravenswood plays host to the winner of Ritchie County and Roane County, while Braxton visits Webster County.

In Class A, Region I, Section 2, second-ranked and unbeaten St. Marys (19-0) received the nod as the top seed ahead of No. 2 Trinity Christian. Tyler Consolidated High School will serve as host site for the opening round on Saturday, Feb. 22 with Clay-Battelle playing Paden City followed by Valley (Wetzel) hooking up against Tyler Consolidated.

Another No. 1 seed was handed out to Gilmer County in Class A, Region IV, Section 1. Both the Titans and second-seed Williamstown earned first-round byes. Seeking to advance to the semifinal round are Doddridge County playing at Wirt County, and Calhoun County visiting Parkersburg Catholic. Both opening round games are set for Friday.

Williamstown, which occasionally plays five freshmen on the floor at the same time, started off the season 0-4 but has rebounded with a 13-7 record.

Even with a full season under their belt, Yellowjacket coach Fred Sauro still refers to those individuals as first-year players.

“The last time I looked, the roster still said they were in ninth grade – nobody has promoted them,” Sauro said. “They do have a season under their belt, which is good. They’ve exceeded expectations and that’s very satisfying.”

Rounding out the area sectionals, Magnolia is seeded No. 2 in Class A, Region I, Section 1 behind Wheeling Central. The Blue Eagles await the winner of Hundred and Madonna. Game day for Magnolia is set for Tuesday, Feb. 25.