Parity levels Sectional records of area schools
It’s about half way through the high school basketball season and the six Class AAA Sectional teams now are being troubled by the weather as well as showing a number of losses to outside teams.
All six of the schools have lost at least three times. Hedgesville and Washington have stumbled along after recording years and years of winning teams.
The Eagles are only 5-7 overall and have lost all three of their Sectional games. The Patriots have won only twice and show a 1-3 record against Sectional teams.
All six of the teams have only played three or four Sectional games with the heavy schedule in February to decide the seeding for the tournament.
Martinsburg lost twice in its first four games, but then reeled off six straight wins before losing last Saturday on the road to Morgantown. The Bulldogs have a 4-0 record against Sectional opponents. Jefferson is 8-5 overall and 3-1 against Sectional teams. The Cougars fell on the road to Martinsburg.
Spring Mills has become a dangerous team in only its second year of existence and shows a 6-6 overall record and a 2-2 mark against Sectional opponents.
Musselman shows a 6-4 overall record but is only 1-2 in its three games versus Sectional teams.
The six Class AAA schools in Jefferson and Berkeley County comprise one of the Sections in Region II. The other Region II Section has only four schools and only Hampshire has shown any success.
The Trojans are 7-2 and have beaten both Hedgesville and Musselman.
Lewis County is 5-8 overall while beating Spring Mills and losing to Hedgesville.
Buckhannon has won only one game and Elkins is 2-9 overall and has lost six straight times, including a fall against Musselman.
Two teams from Region II qualify for the state tournament in Charleston.
Reaching the championship game in each Sectional is important. A team can lose in the Sectional championship game but still qualify for the state tournament.
Each Sectional winner gets to host the runner-up team from the other Sectional. The two winners of the champion/runner-up games get to move on to the eight-school state tournament.
Washington was the winner of last year’s Sectional tournament and then easily crushed Elkins in the champion/runner-up game to take its unbeaten record to the state tournament. Jefferson has never qualified for the state tournament under the current format.
Each area Sectional team has at least six games left that will count toward the seeding for the tournament. And none of them has shown a dominance that completely overshadows its competition.