Despite the defeat, Kanawha Valley's Patriots are poised for another run at a state title, returning five starters from last year's team that lost by four points in the semifinals to eventual state champion Greenbrier East.
If the GW guards improve their outside shooting and Kelli Jo Harrison adds aggression to go with her muscle, the Patriots could be a force.
Morgantown, which lost in last year's quarterfinals by five points to Wheeling Park, held the Patriots to 38 points in a 51-38 victory at Morgantown on Tuesday. The deeper Mohigans snapped a seven-game losing streak to Park and are No. 1 for a reason.
This Wheeling Park team isn't unlike the 1998 squad - very little size, talent and good shooters (although that team 14 years ago had to quell some in-season strife before setting a state championship game record).
You can't sleep on Greenbrier East, which returned one of its Tennessee transplants - All-Stater Bianca Andre - in time to give Coach Jim Justice another dangerous team.
It's too early to tell perhaps, but this is a four-team race in Class AAA. Wheeling Park enters the conversation not because it was No. 2, but by virtue of the return of Davis.
The decision-making of the Wheeling Park scorers is questionable, at best, so far this season. Much like every other team, they'll get better.
Wheeling Park senior guard Haley Robb thinks so, and credits Davis.
"She gives us goals each game," Robb said. "She wants us to score as many points and be as close to being like her team as we can.
"She's more like us, down to earth. She's a better fit for our team. She has a shooter's mentality. She wants you to shoot and if you don't shoot, she'll let you know about it. She's awesome."
In short, that record-breaking team performance in the 1998 state title game couldn't have happened without Davis giving her team the freedom to shoot at will.
I'll go out on a sturdy limb and say it won't happen again, but I don't care.
As long as Davis is coaching a team, you bet I'm interested.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.