CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The history of the Westside boys basketball program isn't nearly as rich as that of Bridgeport.
Unless, of course, you're talking about since the end of January during the Renegades' 10-game winning streak.
That winning streak is now a memory, as Bridgeport hit 31-of-39 free throws in a foul-ridden game for a 79-71 Class AA quarterfinal upset of the Renegades at the state tournament on Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center.
The Indians (19-7) advance to face Fairmont Senior in the semifinals at 11:15 a.m. today.
Since Feb. 2, Westside owns three wins over rival Wyoming East, avenged an earlier loss to Logan and has altered its approach to reflect more defense.
It didn't matter against the Indians, who scored more points against Westside than any team in their previous 25 games. Fairmont Senior defeated the Renegades 78-55 on Dec. 21 at Fairmont.
However, 31 of those points came from the foul line as a result of 50 fouls being called. The pace didn't change in the second half, after a 26-foul first half.
"It's hard to go away from what you do, we're an aggressive team, we want to force up on you and trap and try to force turnovers," Westside Coach Nick Cook said. "It is what it is. They shot 39 foul shots and we shot 29. We're not going to change what we do just because we're down here. Still, 31-39 that's pretty impressive from the foul line.
"We didn't do a very good job keeping them out of the paint."
This marks the fourth time Bridgeport has been to the semifinals as a Class AA team, coming away with titles in 1993 and 2001. The Indians dropped to Class AA this season.
On the other side, Westside is a combination of Oceana and Baileysville, which consolidated in 2002 to form the Wyoming County school.
More recently, the Renegades (19-7) bumped their scoring average three points and reduced their points surrendered per game by five during their winning streak.