CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state's most-decorated Class AAA high school basketball team is two victories away from the 17th state championship in the school's history.
Beckley claimed its 18th consecutive victory on Wednesday in its 63-54 verdict against Mountain State Athletic Conference rival Hurricane in the quarterfinals.
Coach Ron Kidd, who is in his 13th season on the Beckley bench, has two state titles to go with the other 15 won during the program's storied annals.
The inevitable question has arisen: Is the 2012-13 team the best Kidd has had?
It's a question he didn't want to answer following his team's quarterfinal win, although he referenced the upper portion of his team that won the championship in 2004.
"You had Shane Maynard, Mario Walton, William Dillard, Corey Harris ..." Kidd said. "I can't say that right now.
"I feel like these kids right now, they're scrappy and more scrappy than any team I've had. They have a lot of heart and a lot of guts, so that's kind of the difference right now."
The 2004 squad was his first championship team and steamrolled Robert C. Byrd 85-46 in the quarterfinal round before squeezing out a three-point victory against Huntington and an eight-point championship game win over Hedgesville.
On Wednesday, Beckley played nine players at least seven minutes in a game that was in question for almost 32 minutes.
His most important player - point guard Andrew Johnson - is the only senior on the roster.
He had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's victory and the other four starters had at least seven rebounds each.
For the Flying Eagles, seven of the nine players who participated scored in the contest.
While the stats prove nothing, the big question might never be answered, but guaranteed to be asked again.