CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The next time Morgantown faces Wheeling Park in girls basketball, the Mohigans may want to try something more drastic than a different defense or offense.
Finding a gypsy fortune teller who can remove a curse comes to mind.
Thursday morning in a Class AAA quarterfinal State Tournament game at the Charleston Civic Center, fourth-seeded Wheeling Park defeated fifth seed Morgantown, 45-40.
It was the fifth time this season the Patriots (22-4) had beaten the Mohigans (19-7), with the margin of victory being six or fewer points each time.
If Morgantown was to break the curse, this certainly was the time to do it.
Wheeling Park shot just 28.6 percent for the game and made only eight baskets.
"It doesn't happen very often that you can get just eight baskets and win a game," Patriots Coach Meredith Dailer said. "The one defense we hadn't seen in the previous four games was the extended 2-3 zone."
The Mohigans trapped near halfcourt relentlessly, keeping pressure on Wheeling Park's guards.
"We weren't expecting that," Wheeling Park junior All-State pick Emily Puskarich said.
"We were a little frazzled, I guess."
That was the only change Mohigans Coach Adam Henkins felt it was necessary to make, considering his squad had seemed to be on the verge of winning in each of the teams' meetings this season.
"How do you change don't turn the ball over here or there, finish a shot here or there?" Henkins said. "It is a little bit tougher than if we had lost badly and you knew you had to change something."
The Mohigans certainly had their opportunities.
During one possession with about four minutes remaining to play, Morgantown had the ball and were trailing 37-35 and looked like they were going to tie the game three times.
First, leading scorer Bri Nuzum was fouled, but missed the front end of a one-and-one.