"It was major for us to get off quick," he said. "Just for them to know that we're back."
Hoover tied the game in the fourth inning when McKenzie Edmons reached on a one-out single and advanced to second on a throwing error before moving to third on a wild pitch and scoring on a Zoey Carte single.
The Huskies stranded two runners in the fifth and another in the sixth before Johnson's homer put Scott ahead for good in the seventh.
"We held them to four hits and she's one of the best hitters in the state, if not the best," Smith said. "She went 1 for 4 but it was a huge hit."
Harless said that while the win was very important from a momentum standpoint, he and his team know the Huskies will be hoping for another shot at them in the state playoffs.
"To get to states there's a good chance we'll have to beat them again," he said. "We kind of hit a wall the last week. [Wednesday] night about the fifth inning of our game we started rolling and it carried over to tonight."
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com