Hoops

Three Fayette County boys teams remain alive in section basketball play. Following is a brief preview of Wednesday and Thursday games involving all three squads:

Class A Region 3, Section 1 semifinal

Valley at Webster County

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

No. 4 seed Valley (11-12) looks to upset the No. 1 Highlanders (22-0) on Wednesday.

A year ago, No. 4 seed Webster County ventured to Smithers to tangle with the No. 1 seed Greyhounds, who were 19-2 entering the contest and had finished as the state's fifth-ranked Class A squad. Webster County upset Valley 67-56 in the semifinal matchup and denied the Greyhounds a possible return to the state tournament. "The shoe's on the other foot now," said Valley head coach Joe McCoy.

"They've got seven good players," McCoy said. "They've got good size, and they're going to pressure you.

"We're going to have to go up there and play hard and play team ball."

Webster is led by the scoring of Dorian Groggs (20.2 ppg), followed by Tyler Gray (15.2 ppg) and Cole Taylor (13.5 ppg).

Valley is paced by the trio of Adam Falbo (14.0 ppg), Lucca Giannini (11.5 ppg) and Quinten DeMello (11.3 ppg).

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Class A Region 3, Section 1 semifinal

Midland Trail at Charleston Catholic

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

No. 3 seed Midland Trail (11-11) will seek to eliminate No. 2 seed Charleston Catholic (13-9) at the Charleston Catholic Sports Complex.

Midland Trail head coach Curtis Miller said senior Irish guard Robby Williams is "probably the best guard we will have played all year except Dorian Groggs from Webster County." Williams powered the Charleston Catholic offense in the regular season to the tune of 24.6 points per game.

Teams that center their defensive efforts on trying to stop him stand the risk of being hurt by other Irish players, said Miller. "Satterfield (Aiden) kills teams, and he is a tough matchup for us," he said. Satterfield scored at a 13.1 clip in the regular season, and Zion Suddeth (11.2) was also in double figures.

The Patriots are led by seniors Nathan Hanshew (18.5 ppg) and Austin Isaacs (16.0 ppg) and sophomore Indy Eades (9.3 ppg).

The Irish logged a 63-43 defeat of Pocahontas County in the first round, while Midland Trail disposed of Fayetteville 47-42 in its tourney opener.

Miller says he told his players they have nothing to lose Wednesday. "Nobody expects us to win; I told the kids there's no pressure. Just go out and play."

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Class AA Region 3, Section 1 championship

Oak Hill vs. Wyoming East

Thursday, Feb. 28 at BRCCC, 7 p.m.

A very familiar foe stands between the Red Devils and the Section 1 trophy Thursday.

The teams have met three times already in 2018-19. Oak Hill captured wins of 54-53 (Jan. 22) and 69-66 (Feb. 12), while East was victorious by a 63-43 count on Jan. 28 in the Big Atlantic Classic. A positive outcome Thursday gives the winner home-court advantage in region tournament action.

"If you can't get pumped up for this, I'm not sure you're breathing," said Oak Hill head coach Benitez Jackson, whose team is 18-5 and is the No. 1 seed. "It should be a battle."

"Defending and rebounding is our staple to win any game against a good team," Jackson said. "We know they're going to play zone most likely, so we have to limit our turnovers and we need to make our shots outside.

"If we do that, it will open up the inside."

The Red Devils are led by seniors Andrew Work (18.9 points per game), Darrick McDowell (13.2 ppg) and Michael Beasley (10.8 ppg).

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