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HUNTINGTON — The regular season is put away, the conference championships have all been played and trophies won. Now, it is time to play for that best of trophies, the West Virginia SSAC State Championships in Class AAA, AA and A for girls high school basketball teams from around the state. Herd Insider takes a look at some of the local teams in the Huntington area by their class to see what we have coming up starting this week. The final AP ranking for girl’s basketball appear at the bottom of the page – now it is time to win or go home.

The No. 1 ranked AAA team is the Huntington Highlanders, and they won the Mountain State Athletic Conference on Saturday with a 67-61 win over No. 5 ranked Parkersburg. On Wednesday, the Class AAA Region 4 gets underway in Section 2 at Cabell Midland HS in Ona with the No. 3 seeded Knights hosting No. 2 seed (and No. 9 ranked) Spring Valley Timberwolves at 6 p.m., then No. 4 Hurricane Redskins will face No. 1 Huntington 30 minutes after the first game is finished. The championship of the section will feature the two winners back at CMHS for the title game on Friday at 7 p.m.

By the way, the seeds were done by coaches in each section and were compiled last week. The Section 2 winner will eventually face the runner-up from Section 1 (the Vikings of Ripley, No. 7 ranked Parkersburg South Patriots and the No. 5 PHS Big Reds) and the runner-up of section 2 faces the winner of section 1. Those games are set for next week.

In Class AA, Region 4 is as crowded with good teams as there are in AAA. Play began on Monday night with No. 3 seeded (and No. 8 ranked) the Indians of Sissonville taking down 6-seeded Big Blacks of Point Pleasant, 62-29, and No. 4-seed Wayne Pioneers crushing No. 5-seed Nitro Wildcats, 48-11. Wednesday night, Sissonville will travel to meet No. 2-seed Poca Dots while Wayne hits the road to play at No. 1-seed Generals of Winfield (who just dropped to AA this year), the No. 6-ranked team in the state, who is 19-3 on the season. The championship is Friday, the site and the time is still to be announced.

The winner of Section 1 will meet the runner-up of Section 2 and Section 2 champion will play Section 1 runners-up. Section 2 got started at Chapmanville High School on Saturday, Feb. 18, when the 3-seeded Panthers of Lincoln County (the No. 5-ranked team in AA) beat the 6-seeded Man Hillbillies, 60-35, while the 4-seed Logan Wildcats topped the 5-seeded Skyhawks of Scott, 70-35. Tonight, Lincoln Co. will head to Logan to meet No. 2-seeded Mingo Central Miners at 7:30 p.m., while Logan heads to meet No.1-seeded Chapmanville Tigers, at Mingo Central also at 7:30 p.m. The championship game is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m., with the site still TBA but will be at highest remaining seed.

Finally, in Class A, Region 4 is well underway, as last Friday No. 2-seed Tolsia beat No. 7 Tug Valley, 69-32; the No. 3 Sherman Tide beat No. 6 the Hannan Wildcats, 58-27; and No. 4-seeded Van Bulldogs topped the No. 5-seeded Buffalo Bison in a thriller, 40-37. Tonight, Van will play No. 1 Fightin’ Irish of Huntington St. Joe and No. 3 Sherman will face the No. 2-seeded Rebels of Tolsia at 7 p.m. St. Joe is the fourth-ranked team in all of Class A — even with a 14-7 mark.

The winner of Region 4, Section 1 will meet the runner-up from Reg. 4, Section 2 while the champions of Section 2, from schools including tonight’s games featuring Parkersburg Catholic versus the Red Devils of Ravenswood as well as the Tigers of Wirt County and the Wahama White Falcons, and the winner of Section 2 will meet the Section 1 runner-up.

Basketball

Here are the final rankings for W.Va. High School Girls Basketball, from the Associated Press high school girls basketball final poll with ranking, first-place votes in parentheses, wins-losses, total points and previously ranked:

CLASS AAA

Rank Team (1st) Win-Loss Points Previous Rank

1. Huntington Highlanders (7) 19-3 79 1

2. Martinsburg Bulldogs (1) 20-2 68 2

3. (tie) Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers 19-3 60 3

3. (tie) South Charleston Black Eagles 18-4 60 4

5. Parkersburg Big Reds 18-5 48 5

6. Greenbrier East Spartans 15-5 39 7

7. Parkersburg South Patriots 16-6 34 6

8. Wheeling Park Patriots 16-6 26 8

9. Spring Valley Timberwolves 13-8 8 9

10. Preston Knights 15-7 6 NR

Others receiving votes: Morgantown Mohigans 4, St. Albans Red Dragons 4 and Spring Mills Cardinals 4.

CLASS AA

Rank Team (1st) Win-Loss Points Previous Rank

1. Bluefield Beavers (4) 18-2 71 1

2. Wyoming East Lady Warriors (3) 17-4 69 2

3. Fairmont Senior Polar Bears (1) 18-4 64 3

4. North Marion Huskies 19-3 62 4

5. Lincoln Cougars 17-5 46 6

6. Winfield Generals 19-3 42 5

7. Westside Renegades 16-6 25 9

8. Sissonville Indians 16-6 22 7

9. Nicholas County Grizzlies 18-4 15 NR

10. River View Raiders 17-5 11 8

Others receiving votes: Poca Dots 9, Bridgeport Indians 2 and Chapmanville Tigers 2.

CLASS A

Rank Team (1st) Win-Loss Points Previous Rank

1. Summers County Bobcats (3) 20-2 75 2

2. Wheeling Central Catholic Maroon Knights (4) 21-1 73 1

3. Gilmer County Titans 19-3 58 3

4. Huntington St. Joe Catholic Fighting Irish (1) 14-7 56 4

5. Tucker County Mountain Lions 19-3 54 5

6. Williamstown Yellow Jackets 17-4 36 6

7. (tie) Fayetteville Pirates 17-4 29 7

7. (tie) St. Marys Blue Devils 15-6 29 8

9. Charleston Catholic Irish 14-9 16 9

10. Union Grant Tigers 17-2 11 10

Others receiving votes: Valley Wetzel Jacks 1, Magnolia Blue Eagles 1, Ritchie County Rebels 1.

About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).