Baisden led the rebounding charge for Tug with 12 boards, but the Panthers couldn't pull away until the second half.
"That was it, once he went out, I thought maybe we can hit them with a dagger right here," Thompson said. "I think that's why they held it the last minute of the game. We did miss the shot and got an offensive look right there. I thought they did a good job with McCarty."
The title game opponents dominated the All-Tournament team. Tug Valley had Newsome, Brewer and Muncy, while the Irish had Nick George, David Godwin and Zach Casto.
George finished with 13 points and five rebounds, Casto had two points while battling foul trouble and Godwin had seven points while playing all but one minute of the game.
Charleston Catholic was sharp early, but cooled down late. The Irish trailed by one after the first quarter during which it scored 18 points. However, Catholic didn't reach 36 until the fourth period.
"I thought first 8-10 minutes, we played as high a level as we could have," McClanahan said. "We were as efficient and smart and well-prepared as we could've been. When we leveled back off, Tug doesn't allow that leveling."
The Tug Valley title marked the first time 2001 that a public school has won the state's small school championship.
That year, two public schools that no longer exist - Williamson and Oceana - played for the Class A championship. The Wolfpack earned a 59-49 win. Since that year, Wheeling Central (6), Charleston Catholic (3), Parkersburg Catholic (1) and Madonna (1) had the Class A championship wrapped up for the private school contingent.
In 2002, Oceana and Baileysville consolidated to former Westside, and, in 2011, Mingo Central joined Burch Matewan and Gilbert in consolidation to form Mingo Central.