CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Any other coach's heart may have jumped through his chest.
Despite trailing the majority of the first half and the game skin-tight in the closing minutes, Washington coach Don Bullett wasn't ready to push the panic button. Bullett and his team have grown accustomed to close games this season, so his belief never wavered when the game was a tossup as the clock approached zero.
After Thursday's 60-56 Class AAA quarterfinal win over Parkersburg South, Washington can probably add a few more believers to the list.
"The game got close in the end, but we have been in some close games this year," Bullet said. "We have played a pretty nice schedule. We have played Martinsburg three times. We beat Stonewall Jackson from Virginia who had a really good team and we have played Morgantown. We felt like our schedule definitely prepared us for today's contest."
One of the reasons Bullett never panicked was junior point guard Dominique Newman, who led Washington with 17 points.
"Dominique does a lot," Bullett said. "He is quick, fast and he can put the ball on the floor and do a lot of things when he gets to the basket. If you leave him open, he can also hit the 3. He does a good job penetrating and pulling up.
"He's also good on defense. He led our whole area in steals with 135."
Newman showed a humorous side when he corrected Bullett.
"Actually, it was 137 steals," Newman joked.