HURRICANE, W.Va. - Hurricane couldn't be flying higher.
The top-seeded Redskins scored the first 20 points in soaring past third-seeded Nitro 75-45 Friday night in the Class AAA Region 4 Section 1 championship game. A crowd of about 600 attended at Hurricane High School.
Hurricane (19-5), No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll, will host Logan in the Region 4 co-finals at 7 p.m. Tuesday while Nitro (11-13), which upset second-seeded Winfield in the sectional semifinals, visits Huntington.
Huntington defeated Logan 49-36 in the Region 4 Section 2 title game Friday. The region co-finals winners advance to the state tournament March 13-16 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Redskins junior post Henry Sorsaia netted a game-high 26 points, including 12 of the team's first 20, and secured 13 rebounds with two blocks.
Hurricane only missed one shot in taking a 20-0 lead with 2:22 left in the opening quarter and was 10 of 14 during the first period in forging ahead 24-2, with 18 of the points coming on layups.
"We got a lot of easy buckets in the first half,'' said Sorsaia, who made 11 of 12 shots on layups or putbacks and scored all his points before halftime.
"We were running the floor getting layups, shots kept falling and it kept building our confidence. We always look to start off like that. It might be me one night, it might be [Trey] Dawson or it could be Rasaan [Harris]. Whoever is hot knows when to shoot.''
Hurricane tallied the first nine points of the second quarter in building a 33-2 advantage with 5:40 to go before the break and held a 49-17 edge at intermission. Sorsaia turned in stretches where he tallied eight straight points in the first quarter and nine in a row in the second.