PARKERSBURG - With their victories on Friday night, Parkersburg Catholic and Roane County clinched their respective divisions and will meet in Saturday's Little Kanawha Conference Night of Champions at Parkersburg Catholic High School.
But, the names of the two teams that will open one of the league's premier sporting events may not be determined until mid-week.
The Crusaders (16-3, 10-1 North) punched their ticket with a 61-49 win at Ravenswood while the Raiders (13-4, 10-1 South) needed some final quarter heroics to get past Clay County, 60-51, and earn its first trip to the championship game since the 1997 squad dropped a 64-25 decision to Ravenswood in the title tilt.
While the championship pairing is known, the consolation, or third place, game isn't.
Representing the North will be either St. Marys, who lost by one point (55-54) to Braxton County in the title game a year ago, or Ritchie County.
The Rebels (11-5, 7-3 North), thanks to a win over Parkersburg Catholic, will punch their ticket to the NOC with victories over Tyler Consolidated and Williamstown this week. However, a loss to either and St. Marys (16-3, 8-3 North) will be playing in the opening game on Saturday.
- Third place game entrants won't be known until Wednesday.
- The Little Kanawha Conference Night of Champions will be
Saturday at Parkersburg Catholic High School.
In the South, Clay County (8-9, 6-3 South) needs wins against Roane County and Braxton County this week and needs Gilmer County (10-6, 8-3 South) to drop its final divisional contest against South Harrison on Tuesday.
A win by the Titans, however, will relegate the Panthers to the fifth place game on Thursday as Clay County's game against South Harrison last week was canceled.
Should that game get played and the Panthers win, then the nod would go in their favor based on LKC tie-breaker No. 3 (record against highest rated division teams in descending order not involved in the tie). Clay would have posted a 1-1 mark over Roane County while the Titans dropped both of their games to the Raiders.
Obviously, the two teams that do not make it into the NOC's third place game will face one another in one of the LKC's five placement games on Thursday.
Otherwise, it will be the Rebels heading to the home of the Titans or the Panthers.
If Williamstown loses, then Ravenswood (4-12, 4-7 North) will get the nod since the Red Devils makeup game against St. Marys will not be rescheduled.
Tyler Consolidated (7-10, 3-6 North) could take this spot with wins over Ritchie County, Parkersburg Catholic and Doddridge County.
The South's representative is just as convoluted.
South Harrison (8-8, 5-4 South) appears to have the inside track, but must get at least one win in its final three divisional games against Clay County, Gilmer County and Calhoun County.
Braxton County (5-12, 5-5 South) could earn the South's spot in the game with wins over Clay County and Roane County.