The winner of that game visits Hurricane (17-5), the top seed in the sectional, on Wednesday, while Winfield (14-8) hosts Nitro (10-12). The Wednesday survivors tangle Friday.
Poca (16-6), the area's lone ranked AA squad, limps into the sectionals having lost four of its last five games.
Dots coach Allen Osborne isn't discouraged, however, because those losses (to Nitro, Herbert Hoover, Scott and Charleston Catholic) came by a total of just eight points and two were buzzer-beating setbacks.
"We played well enough to win all four of those games, to be honest with you,'' Osborne said. "We'd have liked to have won them, but we were in some situations that get you ready for the state tournament. The only thing that would have been better is if we had won them. We've had some tough losses, but we've had some good situations that get us ready for the tournament.''
All three Kanawha Valley AA teams compete in Region 4 Section 1 beginning tonight at 7 when Sissonville (8-14) hosts Clay County (11-11), a team the Indians split with during the regular season.
On Tuesday, the Sissonville-Clay winner visits Poca and Herbert Hoover (13-9) hosts Nicholas County (11-10), a team it lost to twice in the regular season. The finals are Friday.
Hoover hopes to have 6-foot-6 senior Cody Morris, its top scorer, back in the lineup after he missed his team's last game with an ankle injury.
A pair of ranked 19-3 teams take part in Class A Region 4 Section 2, which begins today in Buffalo with Hannan (4-18) playing St. Joseph (2-19).
Top-seeded Charleston Catholic takes on the winner of that game on Wednesday, the same night No. 2 seed Buffalo hosts Wahama (10-12). The finals are Friday at a neutral site to be determined.
Catholic coach Bill McClanahan likes the way his team bounced back after a recent demoralizing 61-38 loss to No. 1-ranked Tug Valley with a 38-37 home win over Poca to close the regular season.
"Let's face facts,'' McClanahan said. "Coach Osborne is a fantastic coach. His reputation statewide is unbelievable, so his teams are going to play physical and they're going to be fundamental. Playing a team like this so close to the tournament only gets you ready for the tournament.
"We know Tucker County and Tug Valley and Magnolia play similar to this, so this pays dividends no matter what the score finished up. This gets us ready for next week and the next two weeks. This was huge for us.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.