Charlene Diggs is a walking, talking matchup problem.

The Woodrow Wilson junior, just 5-foot-5, gives opponents fits, as North Marion may find out today at 7:30 p.m. when the squads collide in the Class AAA state tournament quarterfinals in Charleston.

One minute Diggs is on the wing, the next she’s playing in the post.

“I’m tough inside,” she said. “I want it more than (opponents) do.”

Diggs, who averages 12 points, six rebounds and 3.5 steals, has been one of the keys to Woodrow’s turnaround.

After losing all their rebounders from last season, including Diggs’ older sister Shalanda, the Flying Eagles opened the season with a 2-4 record.

They’re currently 15-9, with seven wins in their last nine games.

“Charlene is hard-nosed, very physical,” coach Bernie Bostick said. “She’s aggressive and will get a lot of steals, rebounds and putbacks.”

On defense, Diggs will play the other team’s most athletic post while sophomore center Ashley Chipps gets the opponent’s tallest player.

“Charlene does all the dirty work,” Bostick said.

On offense, Diggs often plays the high post.”

She doesn’t score a lot every night, but occasionally she’ll erupt for 20 or more points.

“We’ll put her at the foul line. She sees the floor pretty well,” Bostick said. “She has a good first step and a nice shot.

Diggs prefers playing the 3-guard, where she’s one of Woodrow’s quartet of 3-point shooters along with Camisha Alexander, Haley Snyder and Shakela Tunstalle.

Trifectas aren’t really her thing, however.

“Shooting outside is OK, but I like driving the gaps, attacking and getting to the free throw line,” she said.

Diggs is the Flying Eagles’ top foul shooter with a 73 percent average.

Last year Woodrow struggled in its first-round game against East Fairmont, losing 64-62 in overtime.

The Flying Eagles made just 22 of 68 shots against the Bees. Diggs expects her team to do much better against North Marion, which hasn’t been to states in several years.

“I think we were inexperienced at the state tournament,” Diggs said. “We thought we were really good and we didn’t know much about East Fairmont. They came out and played good.

“I think since we’ve been there already, that will be to our advantage.”

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