CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Midway through the 2011-12 season, Hurricane's basketball program announced its arrival as a state contender. That's the day the Redskins beat Woodrow Wilson.
Hurricane cemented its status as a legitimate state power this season when it forged its way into the Class AAA rankings and earned its first state tournament berth.
Now, interestingly, the Redskins get to see how far they've progressed when they take on that very same Woodrow Wilson at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in a quarterfinal game at the Civic Center.
For Hurricane (20-5), ranked 10th in the state and seeded No. 7 for this tournament, it's the second game this season against the Flying Eagles (21-4), the state's No. 2 team and No. 2 tournament seed. The Redskins dropped an 83-66 decision to Woodrow on Dec. 18.
Because that game was so long ago - and both teams are playing much better now (Woodrow has won 17 in a row and Hurricane 12 of 13) - Redskins coach Lance Sutherland isn't sure if reviewing the first meeting will tell him anything of much value in preparation for this meeting.
"Well, yes and no,'' Sutherland said. "I know some things we don't want to do against them that we did the first time because they're so athletic. We tried to press them at Hurricane. That was the game plan going in - that's the game plan all year - but they got a big lead and we had to battle back. We used all our energy battling back in the fourth quarter to make it a five-point game and ran out of gas.
"Also, you can look for tendencies [from the first game]. See different stuff during the game and what people tried to do and not to do. That's what we've been doing.''
Woodrow Wilson coach Ron Kidd, meanwhile, can't make use of the first game for strategic purposes even if he wanted.
"We don't even have a tape of that game to look at and see what we did against them, see how we played,'' Kidd said.
"I remember we kind of slowed down their little point guard [Rasaan Harris] and [Garrett DeFries] had a big game against us. But they're playing a lot different now than they were then.''
DeFries dropped in a career-high 20 points against the Flying Eagles in the first game. For Woodrow, five players tallied 12 or more points that night, led by 18 from senior point guard Andrew Johnson.