While the boys side of things is fairly even across both divisions thus far this season, there is a huge disparity between the records of the girls teams in the two divisions.
"The girls are really one-sided," Aldridge said. "If you look at the teams this year and you look at the East and those records versus what it is in the West, it's not very even."
The numbers back him up.
As of the completion of Tuesday's games, the West Division (Nitro, Cabell Midland, Spring Valley, Huntington, St. Albans, Winfield, South Charleston and Hurricane) sported a combined 37-8 record, with every team having a record over .500.
Meanwhile the East Division (George Washington, Capital, Ripley, Parkersburg, Riverside, Woodrow Wilson and Princeton) was a combined 12-30, with no team at .500 or better.
That glaring difference was also represented in the Class AAA state rankings, with Spring Valley (No. 3), Huntington (No. 4), Nitro (No. 9) and Cabell Midland (No. 10) all appearing in the poll with St. Albans and South Charleston also receiving votes.
Meanwhile, no teams from the East were ranked, with GW the only team receiving votes.
The balance of power between the divisions shifts on a year-to-year basis as teams rise and fall, but St. Albans girls coach Scott James estimated that the two sides have been relatively even only four or five times in his 11-year tenure.
"I like this just because of what is happening this year," James said. "A few years ago, the East had more strength than the West did, but arguably the four best teams might come from the West this year. If there's good balance on both sides, [the current system] works, but if all the strength is on one side of the conference, it doesn't."
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