CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Home has never sounded sweeter than this week.
The prize for last week's sectional tournament champions is hosting the biggest game of their season while the runner-ups must find a way to win on the road when the regional co-finals tip off Tuesday (Class AAA), Wednesday (AA) and Thursday (A) around the Mountain State.
The winners of the two co-regional games advance to the state tournament, which will take place March 6-9 at the Charleston Civic Center. (See Page 2B for regional co-finals pairings.)
George Washington, which finished ninth in the final Associated Press poll, will host No. 7 Princeton in AAA Region 3 while Capital visits No. 1 and defending state champion Greenbrier East.
In AAA Region 4, St. Albans hosts Logan and Winfield visits No. 2 Spring Valley. Charleston Catholic makes a trip to Williamstown in Class A Region 4.
The other two defending state champs are still alive, with top-ranked Westside hosting Bluefield in AA Region 3 and No. 1 St. Joseph, the four-time defending titlist, is home against No. 6 Parkersburg Catholic.
Logan may be the most comfortable team on the road this postseason after dispatching No. 3 Huntington on its home floor in the semifinals of the sectional tournament, then falling by one point to No. 2 Spring Valley in the title game.
Other notable ranked teams dispatched during sectional play include No. 3 Robert C. Byrd in AA and No. 5 Clay-Battelle and No. 10 Meadow Bridge in Class A.
SA coach Scott James knows exactly how important it is to be on your home court this time of year. The Red Dragons also captured their first sectional title in quite some time.