CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Sometimes it doesn't matter how long one has coached. There can still be surprises.
St. Albans girls basketball Coach Scott James can attest to that.
"I don't understand how you beat everybody in your section and end up being the second seed," James said. "Somebody is going to have to explain it to me."
His Red Dragons finished the season with an overall record of 12-10 and beat Winfield, Hurricane, Nitro and Point Pleasant. Those are the four other teams in Class AAA, Region 4, Section 1.
Yet somehow Winfield, 11-11 overall and 2-1 against sectional opponents, is the top seed and will face the winner between Hurricane (6-16) and Point Pleasant (7-15).
That leaves St. Albans to play host to an 11-11 Nitro squad Wednesday in the opening round. The Red Dragons scored a narrow 36-32 win over the Wildcats in the regular season.
"I just don't know what to say," James said. "We'll just have to take care of business Wednesday."
Section 2 may be the toughest in the state with Huntington, Spring Valley, Cabell Midland, and Logan all having the potential to make a postseason run.
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AROUND THE time Huntington and George Washington were tipping off in the championship game of the Mountain State Athletic Conference on Saturday at the South Charleston Community Center, Greenbrier East was beating Fayetteville to finish the regular season a perfect 22-0.
Many watching the Highlanders roll over the Patriots for a second time this season had to be yearning for what might have been if the defending state champion and top-ranked Spartans had stayed in the MSAC.
The matchups could've consisted of No. 2 Spring Valley playing No. 8 George Washington in the third-place game and No. 1 Greenbrier East taking on No. 3 Huntington for the crown.
Of course, that could also have been a nightmare scenario for the Spartans.
Last year they entered the MSAC Night of Champions undefeated and lost 65-52 to third-ranked South Charleston for what would be their only loss of the season.
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SPEAKING OF Saturday's MSAC Night of Champions, here are a couple of other points of interest.
Spring Valley won the third-place game for the second consecutive year.
George Washington has now lost in the title game three of the last four years.
It was Huntington's second Night of Champions title.