"This is a great group of kids, and they don't seem rattled by anything. They don't get too high or too low. In the overtime game against Logan, they were smiling and talking to each other. They got four more minutes to have some fun. At one point in that game, we were down by five and they told me, 'We've got this one, coach.' And they did. I haven't seen them rattled by anything.''
Sutherland thinks the ankle injury that's slowed senior point guard Rasaan Harris is almost back to 100 percent health. Harris (12.1) is the team's third-leading scorer behind Henry Sorsaia and Trey Dawson, each at 14.1 points per game.
Harris has made a believer out of more than one opponent along the way.
"He's really won a lot of respect from me this year,'' said Logan coach Mark Hatcher, "because he does it all. He's everywhere. He takes charge, he dives on the floor, he leads the team in rebounds half the time. He wants the ball.''
For Woodrow Wilson, Donte Nabors (21.1) leads the way, followed by Andrew Johnson (12.6) and Chase Hancock (11.6).
Both teams seem to prefer a quick pace. The Flying Eagles have racked up at least 74 points in 12 of their last 13 games, while the Redskins have scored 75 or more points six times during their recent hot streak.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.