Tigers Win Regional Defeat West Fork 55-45

By Grant Tolley Times Record

Charleston was put to the test for the first time in the Region 1 Tournament, but came through in the second half.

West Fork came out with some hot shooting from 3-point range and Charleston felt like the calls weren’t going their way. West Fork led 16-7 after a quarter 26-22 at the half.

"I thought we did a great job of keeping our composure tonight," Charleston coach B.J. Ross said. "The guys probably did a better job that me of keeping their composure, I was about to lose it. But they are a very even-keel bunch and they just keep playing."

Matthew Ward had 22 points and Andrew Smith had 18 for Charleston (27-5). Chance Shelby added seven.

Charleston opened the game up in the third quarter by outscoring West Fork 19-3 in the frame and built a lead of 42-29.

Lady Eagles Win Regional

ELKINS — Paris made history on Saturday.

For the first time, the Lady Eagles won a regional championship as they defeated West Fork, 47-41. Paris (27-6) will take a No. 1 seed from the Region 1 Tournament to the 3A State Tournament in Charleston starting Tuesday. Paris will play in the first round on at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

"This is what we’ve worked hard for," Morgan Highfield of Paris said. "We wanted to go to state and we want to play for the state championship. If we play together as a team, I think we can do it."

Paris completed an impressive run through Region 1 by winning the last two games by comfortable margins.

Paris trailed 11-7 after the first quarter against West Fork, but dominated the middle quarters, 32-12 to take control. Highfield, a sophomore, hit three straight 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Eagles took a 39-23 lead into the final quarter.

"West Fork was changing their defenses around a little bit and they left Morgan open there on the wing," Paris coach Toby Tevebaugh said. "I want to thank them for that. She can shoot it and she stepped right up there in the pressure and knocked a few down that really opened up the game for us."

Paris did not play as well early or in putting the game away with a big lead in the fourth.

"I am a little sick and kind of cranky," Tevebaugh said. "I think I had them a little tight early because I was griping at them so much. But to their credit they loosened up and played some great basketball in the second and third quarters. We’ve to to get a little better in our spread offense with the lead, we are not supposed to quit scoring."

Highfield took a hard knee to her leg early in the fourth quarter and had to go to the bench for a bit, but Tevebaugh said she would be fine.

"Morgan gets nicked up because of the way she plays so hard," Tevebaugh said. "We’ve got a couple of days to get ready for the state tournament and she will be fine."

Senior Christa Huber had nine points, freshman Lycia Peevy eight and sophomore point guard Kytan Tencleve had six points.

"We’ve got a young team and we’ve been building on getting experience and confidence all season," Tevebaugh said. "I didn’t feel like we played our best at the end of the regular season and in the district tournament, but we have played some of our best basketball of the year up here at regionals."

Boys Championship

Charleston 55, West Fork 45

Charleston 7 16 16 16 — 55

West Fork 16 10 3 16 — 45

Charleston (28-5): Ward 22, Smith 18, Shelby 10, King 3, Fenner 2.

West Fork (18-12): Will Roebke 13, Bailey 12, Clayton 11, Ryan Roebke 6, Hutchison 3.

Girls Championship

Paris 47, West Fork 41

West Fork 11 2 8 20 — 41

Paris 7 12 20 8 — 47

West Fork (14-11): Karnes 13, Selph 7, Quinton 7, Griffin 6, Hays 4, Smith 4.

Paris (27-6): Highfield 16, C.Huber 9, Peevy 8, Tencleve 6, M.Huber 4, Simmons 4.

Girls Third Place

Danville 58, Mansfield 47

Mansfield 9 9 13 16 — 47

Danville 7 22 13 16 — 58

Mansfield (17-15): Pyles 28, McKay 10, Reano 6, Ward 3.

Danville (18-7): Spencer 14, Poyers 13, T.Eggleton 11, Hodges 10, J.Eggleton 4, Walker 4.

Boys Third Place

Cedarville 57, Elkins 46

Elkins 15 8 13 10 — 46

Cedarville 12 9 17 15 4 — 57

Elkins (13-15) Trevor England 16, Travis England 12, Cartwright 7, Casebolt 5, Metcalf 4, Delaney 2.

Cedarville (21-9): Parson 25, Fincher 12, Hernandez 6, Simkins 6, Cantrell 2, Pittman 2, Cantrell 2.