From Staff Reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Donte’ Grantham scored 18 points to lead Martinsburg to a 45-42 win over Eastern Panhandle rival Washington in the Class AAA semifinals Friday night.
Top-seeded Martinsburg (25-2) beat fourth-seeded Washington (21-6) for the fourth time this season and returns to the championship game for the first time since winning the 2009 title.
Martinsburg never trailed and led 22-15 at halftime.
Washington trimmed an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to 44-42 on Keldon Bell’s 3-pointer with 58 seconds left. Jalen Lewis made a free throw with 8 seconds left for Martinsburg but he missed the second attempt. Washington got the rebound and called a timeout, but Bell missed a 3-point try at the buzzer.
Dominique Newman led Washington with 15 points.
Tug Valley 54
Tucker County 41
Tug Valley will play for a second consecutive boys state basketball championship.
Thomas Baisden scored 18 points, Mikey Newsome had 16 and top-seeded Tug Valley beat Tucker County 54-41 in the Class A semifinals Friday.
Tug Valley (24-3) will face No. 3 Charleston Catholic for the title on Saturday. Tug Valley beat the Irish earlier this season, 61-38.
Tug Valley defeated Bluefield in last year’s Class AA title game and dropped to Class A this season.
Fourth-seeded Tucker County (21-4) was hoping to advance to the championship game for the first time since 2004, when it lost to Wheeling Central.
Tug Valley never trailed and broke open a close game with a 12-4 run in the third quarter.
Ian Nichols had 26 points and 14 rebounds for Tucker County.
Fairmont Senior 65
Travon Horton and Jarin Hilson scored 19 points apiece to lead Fairmont Senior to a 65-58 win over Bridgeport in the Class AA semifinals Friday.
Shaquille Washington added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Fairmont Senior.
Second-seeded Fairmont Senior (21-6) returns to the championship game for the first time since 1998, when it lost to Woodrow Wilson in Class AAA.
Bridgeport’s John Wilfong sank two free throws with 48 seconds left to bring Bridgeport within 61-58, but the Indians didn’t score again. Fairmont Senior sank four free throws in the final 38 seconds.
Sixth-seeded Bridgeport (19-8) was trying to return to the championship game for the first time since winning the 2001 title.
Jordan Haywood led Bridgeport with 17 points. Wilfong had 16 and Tyler Sprouse 15.
Woodrow Wilson 64
South Charleston 57
Nequan Carrington scored 16 points and Woodrow Wilson held off South Charleston 64-57 in the Class AAA semifinals Friday night.
On Saturday night against top-seeded Martinsburg, No. 2 Woodrow Wilson (23-4) will go after its record 17th championship and first since 2008.
Woodrow Wilson’s Donte Nabors and Andrew Johnson added 14 points apiece.
Woodrow Wilson led 58-52 with 2:03 remaining after a Carrington layup.
Third-seeded South Charleston (24-3) closed the gap to 58-56 with 1:32 left after a Hunter Moles layup and two Rashaud Kincade free throws.
But the Black Eagles scored one point the rest of the game.
South Charleston was trying to return to the championship game for the first time since 2009.