CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The white smoke billowed from Vatican City at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday.
The new Pontiff, Pope Francis, would approve of seventh-seeded Wheeling Central's righteous routing of No. 2 Magnolia 58-35 at the Charleston Civic Center in the Class A quarterfinals of the state tournament.
Central (14-12) will play Charleston Catholic (23-3) in the semifinals at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
"Shocked," Magnolia Coach Dave Tallman said after the loss.
"I have no explanation. We try to hold our opponents under 60 points. We did that - we held them to 58. Where the offense was, I have no idea."
Tallman had good reason to be shocked.
Magnolia played the Maroon Knights twice in the regular season and again in the sectionals. The Blue Eagles won all three games over Central by successively larger margins culminating in a 24-point shellacking on March 1.
Magnolia entered the tournament with a 21-4 record and a No. 2 seed.
Those facts bore no weight on the opening round matchup.
Central's poised and patient play on both sides of the ball seemed nothing less than providential.
Goliath had no answer for David's stones.
"Coming in I don't think many people gave us a shot," Central Coach Mel Stephens said. "But the guys in our locker room truly believed we could get a win and we went out with a game plan that we thought could do it."
Wheeling Central opened the game with 21-2 run that extended into the second quarter.
David Park, who scored 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the first half from behind the arc, led the Knights. He scored 12 of those points in a 3-minute span at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second.