State tournament is site of Jefferson’s next girls game
SHEPHERDSTOWN — When the last remnants of net were pared away from a basket following Jefferson’s 47-34 win over Spring Mills, the raucous scene continued on the floor as the still-unbeaten Cougar girls celebrated a Class AAAA, Region 2 co-championship.
Not much later, travel plans were being formulated for the new-on-the-menu trip to Charleston for the big-school state tournament.
Farther along in the aftermath of this season’s second win over the red-clad Cardinals was the seeding of the eight teams that have qualified for the 2021 state tournament.
Jefferson was given the No. 7 seed and placed alongside No. 2 Cabell Midland (with a 12-3 record) in one bracket. With the latest success against Spring Mills, the Cougars will carry a 12-0 record to Charleston.
Previously, the Cougars had patiently awaited the winner of the Musselman versus Washington pairing in one of the Region 2 Sectional tournaments that featured only those three teams. Musselman tamed the Patriots, but then ran into the Jefferson team that already had claimed two wins over them.
Jefferson stopped the Applemen, 51-36, to gain a berth in one part of the Region 2 tournament. Spring Mills had earlier lost to Martinsburg in the other Section that was a part of Region 2.
While Jefferson was taming Spring Mills, Martinsburg tripped Musselman to also gain entry into the Charleston-based state tournament.
The seeding for the Class AAAA girls state tournament has Huntington’s Highlanders as the No. 1 team. Cabell Midland is No. 2 and George Washington from Charleston lands the No. 3 seed with its 13-3 record.
Seeded No. 4 is Morgantown (11-2 overall) and No. 5 is Wheeling Park at 15-3. Next comes No. 6 seed Woodrow Wilson from Beckley (13-4 overall), with Martinsburg getting the No. 8 seed with an 8-4 record.
The Cougars were slated to face Cabell Midland yesterday at 1 p.m. Should the Cougars have beaten the Knights they would be playing again today against the survivor of the George Washington versus Woodrow Wilson game.
Carrying the Jefferson banner to the 12,000-seat Charleston arena will be head coach Damon Smith and all-around guard Jordan Carr, whose left-handed jump shot and quick drives to the basket paced Jefferson all season long. Heaven Murray, Caitlyn Brown, Catrina Myers, Lindsey Carpenter and Macie Chrisman have proven to be the nucleus of this team that persevered through the pandemic as well as a murky early season where “games” against Virginia schools proved to be nothing more than “scrimmages” when it was found that those schools should have stopped playing days before.
Freshmen Jazmyn Taylor and Alaysia Fernandez as well as Maia Batt-Bickey and Breanna Carpenter will be providing additional depth for coach Smith.
The players snipped small portions of the net in the Jefferson gym following the Regional win. With time to reflect on what this team accomplished that no other Cougar team has ever done, it’s off to Charleston to see what talent and team-wide artistry the rest of the state can provide.