"[Hurricane] jumped on us early and we didn't respond really well,'' said Nitro coach Brian Faber. "Hurricane was ready. They're very aggressive, physical and they're playing with a lot of confidence. We get to play again Tuesday. I hoped we weren't satisfied [beating Winfield].''
Nitro senior Angelo Sirianni scored 25 points, but missed all six shots in the opening quarter and had only four at halftime as Hurricane senior guard Ian Miles locked down defensively.
"[Our players] came out with intensity,'' said Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland. "[The sectional semifinal against] Point Pleasant was kind of tight in the first quarter, then the second quarter is when we stepped up. We told them, 'We can't wait that long because Nitro's just way too good. We got to get up and take them out.'''
Dawson, the Redskins' sophomore forward, notched 14 points, four assists and three steals while Harris, the senior point guard, contributed seven points, seven boards, five assists and two steals. Hurricane junior forward Ace Estep added eight points, Miles finished with seven points and six rebounds and junior forward Garrett DeFries had seven points.
Sutherland said the confidence that the Redskins are exhibiting is coming from within.
"That's senior leadership,'' said the Hurricane coach. "That's Rasaan and Ian. They're leading the team. Ian won the state soccer championship, so he knows what it takes.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.