Woodrow, which was rarely held under 70 points following a 4-4 start to the season, was still sitting in the 30s when the floodgates opened late and altered the outcome of the game.
"We controlled the game until there were about five minutes left,'' said SC coach Vic Herbert. "Then they got on a little run and I thought we still had a chance, but some things happened that don't normally happen to us, and it slipped away.''
Kidd felt as if the sudden racehorse pace in the fourth quarter wore down SC's players.
"I just passed [Morgantown coach Tom] Yester after the game,'' Kidd said, "and I said, 'Thank you,' to him for wearing them down last night. I think they got a little bit tired and our guys had enough energy and guts to gut it out tonight.
"This one ranks up there pretty high, but we can't enjoy it for long. We've got to get ready for the next game against Martinsburg.''
Woodrow seeks a record 17th state championship tonight. SC was trying to make it back to the finals for the first time since 2009 and break up its 0-6 record in the AAA title game since 1959.
Herbert thought perhaps his team could have flipped strategy late in the game after the end-to-end flurry tilted the game in Woodrow's favor.
"They went to a full-court press, but it really didn't bother us,'' Herbert said, "but what we did once we broke it, we were a little too quick with the trigger instead of bringing it back out and setting things up to get a really good shot.
"But when you break it, the kids have that instinct to attack the glass with it, because that's what they're taught to do. We had the numbers and they went hard to the hole. Especially at that time of game when points are so critical, maybe I should have coached them up more. But I always say the players get the credit when we win because they make the plays, and I'll take the blame for a loss because I probably should have done things to help them out more.''
Harris led SC with 16 points, including three early 3s, and Hunter Moles, who went scoreless with four turnovers in Thursday night's quarterfinal win over Morgantown and was benched following a technical foul early in the third quarter, added 15 points.
"I mean, I can't play any worse than last night,'' Moles said. "I have to play better. There isn't any way around it. The guys still have confidence in me. I got into a little rhythm, and when I saw that first basket go in, it was a weight off my chest.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.