CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston spent much of the game successfully dictating the tempo against Woodrow Wilson, a track team in sneakers.
Then, in a span of a couple of minutes in the fourth quarter, it all blew up for the Black Eagles.
Andrew Johnson scored nine fourth-quarter points as the Flying Eagles used a breath-taking offensive flurry at game's end to earn a 64-57 victory over SC in the Class AAA semifinals at the Civic Center.
"It was an incredible game for both teams,'' said Woodrow coach Ron Kidd. "Give South Charleston a whole lot of credit. They didn't quit, and our kids didn't quit. I hope it was a fun game for everybody to watch in the stands.''
Woodrow (23-4), the No. 2 seed, now carries a 19-game winning streak and tackles No. 1 Martinsburg at 7:15 tonight in the finals. The game will be televised live through many portions of the state, including Channel 2 in Kanawha County.
South Charleston (24-3), the third seed, led by as many as six points on a few occasions, including a 45-39 advantage when A.D. Cunningham dropped in a 3-pointer from the left corner with 5:40 left in the game.
However, a dizzying display of back-and-forth basketball ensued almost immediately after. The Flying Eagles outscored SC 13-7 over the next 100 seconds to knot the score at 52-all.
In sum, a total of 27 points were scored between the 6:23 and 4:00 minute marks of the fourth quarter as the teams drained shot after shot after shot. The pace perked up both sides of the large crowd, but Woodrow had a little something extra in the tank.
After Devyn Harris' pull-up jumper gave SC a 52-50 lead, the Flying Eagles went on an 8-0 burst to pretty much seal it.
Johnson knocked down a jumper and, following a Woodrow steal, Chase Hancock was fouled and hit two free throws to put the Eagles up for good at 54-52.
Trevond Reese, who kept SC afloat in the first half with 10 points, missed two straight shots and Woodrow cashed in at the other end with baskets by freshman Nequan Carrington, who hit 8 of 10 attempts and scored 16 points. The nice dishes came from Donte Nabors and Johnson.
"They get me the ball,'' Carrington said, "and I appreciate that. I just go to work and try to get an easy bucket.''
SC would come within 58-56 on two Rashaud Kincaid free throws with 1:32 left, but only got one point the rest of the way. Dai Dai Fortune, who missed much of the season after being injured in an auto accident, had a key basket and a free throw late.