The rest of the AAA field tips off Thursday along with all of Class AA. The championship games are Saturday with Class A at noon, AA at 2:30 p.m. and AAA at 7:15 p.m.
Spring Valley, which had two of its losses the first two games of the season, earned the top seed in the AAA field after East's fall and is making its first trip to Charleston since 2003.
In AA, Westside won its first title last year and seems primed for another run with the same cast. Bridgeport has some unfinished business after earning the top seed in the AAA tourney last year then losing to Greenbrier East in the title game. Clay is also on a mission after falling to Westside in last year's semifinals. North Marion, which won three titles in a row in AAA from 2009-11, is back after getting tripped up in regionals last year.
St. Joseph (22-1) hasn't lost to an in-state team since the 2008 title game and looks to keep that going to tie Summers County's streak of five titles in a row from 2007-11. St. Marys (23-1), which is the only other one-loss team besides St. Joe in the Class A field, has finished runner-up two of the last three years while Central fell in last year's title round.
Some of the top players to watch in AAA include Spring Valley sophomore Mackenzie Morris, who is fifth in the Mountain State Athletic Conference in scoring at 18.1 points per game; Logan 5-foot-11 sophomore guard Shayna Gore, who averages 17.3 points and is on the ESPN HoopGurlz Top 100 Watch List for the Class of 2015; Princeton senior guard McKenzie Akers, a Marshall recruit who leads the MSAC in scoring at 25.2 points per game; and Parkersburg South's guard tandem of sophomore Keya Bartlett (19.3) and freshman Taryn McCutcheon (17.3).
In AA, Westside 6-0 sophomore center Hope Lester averages a team-high 18.0 points, Bridgeport senior Miki Glenn is one of the top point guards and Clay's Brittany Gould is one of the more explosive scorers at 21.2 points per game.
Valley senior guard Alexis Payne averages 25.2 points behind a variety of slashing moves to the basket while St. Joe junior guards Mychal Johnson and Griffin Dempsey have already surpassed 1,000 career points.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.