CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As far as student sections are concerned, there may not be a more anticipated quarterfinal game than this morning's Class AA tilt between No. 3 Westside and No. 6 Bridgeport, scheduled for a 9:30 tip.
You see, both student bodies were chanting at each other across the Charleston Civic Center floor on Saturday as the Indians bested the Renegades in the girls state championship game.
Westside's yells of "Wait 'til next week" were met with Bridgeport's response of "We'll be waiting."
But while there may be a little more riding on this one in terms of bragging rights, Renegades coach Nick Cook said a win wouldn't mean much as far as the girls game is concerned.
"The girls will probably hurt just as much even if the boys do win," Cook explained. "There may be a little more [intensity] around the school and with the other kids."
Bridgeport coach Gene Randolph fully expects a hungry Westside crowd to await his team.
"That's another interesting sidebar to this game - they're probably waiting on us right now," Randolph said. "They're fired up, obviously. We've got our hands full. That's the kind of stuff that makes the state tournament great."
While last Saturday's happenings add a twist to this morning's game, it's certainly not the only interesting subplot.
Randolph, who is ending his 20th and final season with his ninth trip to the state tournament, began his career at Bridgeport with the 1993-94 season, when the Indians made the Class AA title game before falling 68-61 to Oceana.
Cook was a key member of that Oceana team, which lost to Bridgeport in the championship game the previous season.
"Coach Randolph is a great coach," Cook said. "I've watched them over the years and his teams are always fundamentally sound. They do all the little things well."