Woodrow Wilson’s Phillip Grant, left, and Hedgesville’s Tyler Butler battle for the ball during their Class AAA quarterfinal game of the state tournament Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center.

One man’s ugliness is another man’s beauty. For Woodrow Wilson coach Ron Kidd, he, unfortunately, got left with the ugly.

In a game that more resembled something from the days when the basketball had laces, Hedgesville did exactly what it wanted to do — and had to do — in upsetting Woodrow Wilson 40-35 in the quarterfinals of the state basketball tournament Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center.

No. 5 seed Hedgesville (23-1) controlled the ball and with it the tempo, and No. 4 Woodrow Wilson (22-4) shot an abysmal 26 percent for the game (15 percent in the first half).

“There’s not much to say,” Kidd said. “It was an ugly game and we got caught up in the ugliness.”

Down 22-13 at the half, Woodrow did get back into the game and tied it by the end of the third with a 13-4 run.

Steven Thompson hit a 3 at the 6:27 mark to give the Flying Eagles their biggest lead of the game, 31-28.

But Hedgesville answered that with six straight points, four on a pair of nice backdoor cuts by a wide open Aaron Sutton, to give Hedgesville the lead.

“We ran something a little different and it was effective,” Church said of the back cuts by Sutton, which accounted for all of his scoring.

“We lost (Sutton) because we didn’t talk (on defense),” Kidd said.

Woodrow trimmed it to one, 34-33, after Cameron Shannon put back his own miss with 44 seconds left.

Phillip Longnecker made a pair of free throws to stretch it back to three, 36-33 but Juwan Walton answered with a runner in the paint.

Longnecker again made a pair of free throws with 19.1 left.

Woodrow Wilson freshman Taron Ayers missed a 3 and Q.J. Peterson closed the game with a pair of free throws.

Church said his game-plan was executed to perfection and he didn’t really care about the perception of the game as ugly.

“Beckley wanted to speed the game up and we didn’t want that to happen,” Church said. “Beckley scored 35 points.”

Peterson led Hedgesville with 22 points. He had 16 in the first half, 12 on four long, rainbow 3s.

“We couldn’t do anything with No. 11 (Peterson),” Kidd said. “He did what he wanted to do.”

On the other side, Woodrow struggled from the 3-point line, hitting just 2-of-18 3s.

“We had the right guys shooting them,” Kidd said. “If you make them it’s a different story. We ended up getting in a position where we couldn’t do anything else.”

That’s because Hedgesville’s defense in the paint was strong.

Woodrow Wilson’s leading scorer Philip Grant was limited to eight points, and Steven Thompson had nine, with 10 rebounds.

“If I had told someone we were playing Beckley and none of their players would score in double figures, I don’t think anyone would believe me,” Church said.

“They fronted us, tried to deny us inside,” Grant said. “They were trying to get physical with us and make us work.”

Hedgesville moves on to face top-seeded Wheeling Park in the semifinals Friday.

“We got a lot of criticism about our schedule,” Church said. “But we just beat Beckley. If we can beat Beckley then I guess we aren’t too bad.”

Woodrow had several opportunities early to turn the game in its favor, only to miss shots or turn the ball back over to Hedgesville.

“We never lost our composure,” Kidd said. “I just don’t think we came out with the same scrap like they did. They did what they had to do to win the game.”

Hedgesville point guard Juwan Powell injured his leg in the second quarter and didn’t return. He was taken to a local hospital for X-rays.



Longnecker 2-7 6-6 10, Peterson 8-16 2-2 22, Powell 0-5 0-0 0, Conner 1-7 2-2 4, Largent 0-1 0-2 0, Butler 0-0 0-0 0, Shanton 0-0 0-0 0, Perry 0-2 0-0 0, Sutton 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 13-41 10-12 40.


Mitchell 2-6 0-0 4, Ayers 1-4 1-2 4, Thompson 3-9 2-2 9, Shannon 2-12 2-3 6, Grant 4-11 0-0 8, Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Walton 1-5 2-2 4, Terry 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-50 7-9 35.

H    3    19    4    14    —    40

WW    5    8    13    9    —    35

3-Point Goals—Hedgesville 4-20 (Peterson 4-11, Longnecker 0-1, Powell 0-2, Conner 0-6), Woodrow Wilson 2-18 (Ayers 1-3, Thompson 1-6, Grant 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Terry 0-1, Walton 0-2, Shannon 0-4). Fouled Out—Grant. Rebounds—Hedgesville 33 (Largent, Sutton 6), Woodrow Wilson 33 (Thompson 10). Assists—Hedgesville 10 (Longnecker 4), Woodrow Wilson 8 (three players with 2). Total Fouls—Hedgesville 12, Woodrow Wilson 13.

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