CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When Hurricane lost its first game of the 2012-13 boys basketball season, Coach Lance Sutherland took the stumble in stride.
A 17-point loss to Beckley on Dec. 18 that was much closer than the final score indicated would only help the Redskins in their pursuit of the first Class AAA state tournament berth in school history, he reasoned.
Nearly three months later, Hurricane (20-5) has that state tournament bid. It also has a rematch with Beckley (21-4), the No. 2 seed in the Class AAA field, in the quarterfinals.
The teams will tip off at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center in the middle game of the first session of the 100th boys state tournament.
Hurricane junior forward Henry Sorsaia said while the history-making element of the Redskins' bid is important, the team needs to quickly refocus.
"One of our goals was to make the state tournament," Sorsaia said. "But we've found another goal: to win a state championship.
"We're not just going there for nothing. We want to win it."
The Beckley-Hurricane matchup is the only rematch of a regular-season game in the Class AAA quarterfinals. Top-seeded Martinsburg (23-2) plays No. 8 seed Huntington at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday; No. 4 Washington (20-5) will make its first state tournament appearance and play No. 5 Parkersburg South (21-4) at 11:15 a.m. Thursday; and No. 3 South Charleston (23-2) will play No. 6 Morgantown (19-6) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
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THE TOURNAMENT could potentially start out with a bang, as Class A No. 3 seed and defending champion Charleston Catholic (22-3) meets No. 6 seed Buffalo (21-4) in the tournament opener at 9:30 a.m.
The Bison upset Parkersburg Catholic, 64-61, in Parkersburg last Thursday to earn their first trip to the state tournament since 2008. Catholic and Buffalo have met three times, with Catholic winning all three meetings by an average score of 14 points per win.
In their most recent meeting Catholic beat the Bison 55-44 in the Class A Region 4, Section 2 finals.
Hurricane takes on Beckley in the second game, then Ohio Valley Class A rivals Magnolia (21-4) and Wheeling Central (13-12) meet in the 1 p.m. game. The Maroon Knights edged St. Marys 50-48 in a Region 1 co-final last Thursday in St. Marys.