With 16 seconds showing on the clock, Hall stepped to the line, drained both attempts and put her team up by four, 45-41. McCormick hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds left, but the outcome had already been decided.
"Wow, what a game! What a game," St. Marys coach Howard Meeks said afterward. "It's a great day to be a Blue Devil."
Meeks praised Hall's late-game performance, but said it took a mid-game wake-up call to shake the freshman out of her state-tournament rookie jitters. Before her fourth-quarter heroics, Hall was 0 for 9 from the floor in two games.
"I growled at her," Meeks said. "I told her it was time to step up. 'Play or come sit down.' And she stepped up."
Clark led the Blue Devils with 15 points. Walker added 14 and hauled down 15 rebounds.
Two Knights registered double-doubles in the contest. Bucon tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds, and McCormick added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Wheeling Central finished its season 22-5.
St. Marys (25-1) will face top-seeded St. Joseph in today's noon championship game. St. Joe crushed Tucker County 63-31 in the other semifinal.
Meeks acknowledged that St. Joseph should be favored, but vowed that his squad would turn itself inside out to try to pull an upset.
"[St. Joe] has great talent; no one can say they don't," Meeks said. "But we're not going to lie down and we're not going to quit. We're going to play St. Marys basketball."
Reach John McCoy at johnmc...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1231.