Hunter Moles scored 14 points Saturday afternoon and visiting South Charleston held on in the final moments to open its season with a 59-57 boys basketball victory against Princeton.
Rashaud Kincaid and Trey Clark each added 10 points for the Black Eagles, who led 48-38 after three quarters and were still up by 11 points with three minutes left before the Tigers rallied.
"We took a couple bad shots,'' said SC coach Vic Herbert, "and on three straight possessions they hit a 2 and two 3s and were right back in it. We just didn't close them out.''
Ryan Meadows poured in 28 points to pace Princeton (1-1) and Hunter Walters scored 15.
BUFFALO 74, RIVER VIEW 35: Levi Jordan tossed in 16 points and Aaron Lewis 14 as the Bison earned a easy win in the Coal Field Shootout at the Maidson Civic Center.
Bradley Harris added 10 points for Buffalo (3-0), which used all 11 of its players in every quarter. Tony Clevenger had 11 points to lead the Raiders (0-4).
SHERMAN 77, VAN 45: Blake Brewer's 19 points led the way for the Tide's Coal Field Shootout win. Garrett Lester added 11 points for the Tide. Brandon Elswick scored 18 points for the Bulldogs.
WYOMING EAST 62, TUSKY CENTRAL 59: Christian Hedinger (19 points) and Josh Tunstalle (16) were the top scorers for the Warriors in their Coal Field Shootout victory. Andrew Cugliari's 16 points paced Tuscarawas Central (Ohio), which led at halftime.
BELFRY 80, BERWICK 68: Tony Messer scored 34 points as Belfry, Ky., earned a third-place victory in the Coal Field Shootout at the Madison Civic Center. Zack Landonis netted 20 for Berwick, Pa.
FLORA MACDONALD 69, TOLSIA 51: Barren Williams exploded for 27 points as Flora MacDonald (N.C.) defeated Tolsia in the Coal Field Shootout in Madison. Jarad Scott chipped in 20 points for Flora (8-3). Morgan Stacy netted 20 points for the Rebels (2-2).
GREEN. EAST 59, ALLEGHANY (VA.) 45: Obi Romeo recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead Greenbrier East to the championship of the Covington (Va.) Rotary Invitational. Rondell Watson scored a game-high 16 points for the Spartans (5-0) while Dereck Weiford had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Davon Smith led Alleghany (2-2) with 16 points.
HOOVER 62, GILMER 42: Herbert Hoover's Cody Morris scored 15 points, had 14 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the Huskies. Sam Schoolcraft had 14 points and five assists for Hoover (1-1). Anthony Aviles scored a game-high 19 points for visiting Gilmer County.
TUG VALLEY 68, WESTSIDE 45: Mikey Newsome tallied 18 points as Tug Valley won at home. Austin Brewer contributed 16 points for the Panthers while Thomas Baisden added 12. Justin Cogar had 12 for Westside.
Friday's boys game
SCOTT 73, SHERMAN 44: Logan Webb had 16 points to pace a balanced attack for the host Skyhawks at the Coal Field Shootout. Also for Scott (3-0), Eric May scored 15 points, Matt Dolan 13 and Anthony Sigman 13. For the Tide, Blake Brewer had 13 points and Cody Muncy 10.
LOGAN 49, CAPITAL 31: Freshman Monica Mitchell had 16 points and 15 rebounds and sophomore Shayna Gore also added a double-double (15 points, 10 assists) during a win for the host Wildcats (3-2). Capital (2-1) received seven points from KeKe Walker as Khadijah Lee was held scoreless.
MINGO 48, CHAPMANVILLE 31: Ashley Curry scored 14 points to lead Mingo Central past visiting Chapmanville. Chrissy Farmer added nine points for the Miners (2-3). Kristin Desrocher led the Tigers (3-2) with 14 points.
POCAHONTAS 47, WEBSTER 38: Tristin Day scored 12 points and Heather Snead added 11 to lead Pocahontas County (5-1) in the third-place game of the Reynolds Oil Classic. Snead also grabbed eight rebounds while Bobbie McNabb led the Warriors with 10 rebounds and eight steals. For Webster County (3-3), Bethany Young and Brandi Clevenger each scored eight points.
RAVENSWOOD 63, GILMER 52: Taylor Youell scored 16 points to lead Ravenswood past host Gilmer County. Melonna Carmichael and Hannah Murray had 15 and 12 points for the Red Devils, respectively. Morgan Allen produced 16 points for Gilmer County.
SPRING VALLEY 74, TOLSIA 53: Spring Valley jumped out to a 40-21 halftime lead and Timberwolves cruised to a road win. Madison Morris poured in 25 points for Spring Valley. Krista Maynard had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Rebels (3-1), while Jordan Pressley added 14 points.
HOOVER 55, WAYNE 43: Bailey Aab turned in 10 points and 11 rebounds as host Herbert Hoover downed the Pioneers. Jordan Marshall scored 14 points for the Huskies (3-1), who outrebounded Wayne 49-28 and forced 37 turnovers. Tasha Maynard contributed 20 points and seven boards for the Pioneers and Ally Toney had 14 points.
CHAS. CATHOLIC 63, LEWIS 56: Charleston Catholic outscored Lewis County 12-5 in overtime in the consolation game of the Ritchie County tournament. Samantha Fletcher poured in 28 points for the Class A Fighting Irish (2-3) while Anna Whelan dropped in 16 and Madison Helmick had 10. Danielle James tossed in 15 points for the AAA Minutemaids (0-6) while Brailey Bozic chipped in 12 and Karli Hamrick 12.
CLAY 73, SUMMERS 54: Brittany Gould pumped in 24 points as Clay County bested host Summers County. Emily Wynn also contributed 17 points for the Panthers (6-0). Brandy Morrison had a team-high 18 points for the Bobcats (4-1), while Tyra Wynes posted 16.
ST. ALBANS 57, POINT 22: Breanna Propst scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead St. Albans (3-2) against visiting Point Pleasant (1-5). Torri Wilson added 13 points for the Red Dragons while Andrea Porter led Point with 13 points.
SSAC sets events for hoops tournament anniversary
Special banquet speakers at the 100th state boys basketball tournament in March will be announced at a press conference Jan. 10 at the Charleston Civic Center.
The speakers kick off the tournament celebration at an open-to-the-public banquet on Tuesday, March 12 at the Civic Center, the site of the tournament March 13-16.
Banquet attendees will be given a limited-edition 100th tournament souvenir program that will include team photos of most, if not all, of the 229 past state champions as well as lists of all championship coaches, all-tournament teams, tournament trivia, feature stories, and many statistical lists and photos.
Fred Persinger of MetroNews will serve as toastmaster. Advance banquet tickets are available from the SSAC.
A 100th tournament logo will be unveiled and used on the Civic Center court as well as on programs, event publicity, shirts and other tournament materials.
Also, state tournament memorabilia will be featured in the lobby areas at the Civic Center - Class A on March 13, Class AA on March 14 and Class AAA on March 15.
All schools that have participated in a state tournament can display items with contributions welcome from schools, coaches, alumni or community members.
Ray Londeree of the SSAC heads the memorabilia committee and information is available on the 100th year at the SSAC website, www.wvssac.org.