By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
When the girls’ basketball Associated Press poll was released Monday, two of the top three teams came from Marion County. Here’s the breakdown:
LOOKING BACK: Westside lost its only game of the week after snow storms kept the Renegades off the court for most of the week. Sissonville fell to Scott in a matchup of top 10 teams, but the Lady Indians were able to pick up two wins to end the week. Clay County lost its only game to St. Mary’s. The only other loss came in the form of Keyser to Allegany, Md. Teams like Fairmont Senior, Summers County, North Marion, Lincoln, PikeView and Scott won all of their games, while Scott beat two top five opponents.
MOVING UP/FALLING DOWN: Moving up this week, North Marion went from fourth to third, putting two Marion County teams in the top three. Lincoln also moved up from seventh to fifth, while Scott moved up to seventh from 10th. Falling down, Westside fell to fourth, Sissonville fell to sixth from fifth, Clay County fell from sixth to ninth and Keyser dropped to 10th from ninth.
BIG 10 STAYING STRONG: With three teams in the top five, the Big 10 Conference has been continously flexing its muscles. With cancellations due to snow, top teams have been kept off the court. Fairmont Senior and North Marion have been snowed out on several occasions and now won’t meet until the Sectional Tournament. The Lady Polar Bears have won 15 games straight, while the Lady Huskies have won 13 straight.
BIG MATCHUPS: Big matchups started Monday night with No. 1 Fairmont Senior and No. 5 Lincoln. From there, No. 2 Summers County will play No. 4 Westside Thursday and No. 7 Scott on Saturday. No. 7 Scott will play No. 9 Clay County along with Summers County. No. 10 Keyser finishes its schedule with three Maryland teams.
On the boys’ side, many things stayed the same, with Fairmont Senior on the outside looking in. Here’s the breakdown:
LOOKING BACK: The top four teams all managed to win all of their games while Westside dropped two tough games at the end of the week to top-ranked Robert C. Byrd along with Fairmont Senior, which sits just on the outside the top 10. Chapmanville lost its only game of the week to No. 2 Poca, while the bottom two teams won their only games.
MOVING UP/FALLING DOWN: There were minor moves in the poll this week. With its two losses, Westside fell from fifth to seventh, shifting Bridgeport and Petersburg up in between at fifth and sixth. After Chapmanville lost to Poca, it dropped from eighth into a tie with Roane County for ninth/tenth. Scott also moved up from ninth to eighth.
SEARCHING FOR WINS: Fairmont Senior was left out despite a big week of wins. The Polar Bears beat then-No. 5 Westside with career nights from three guards. The win came just a few days after Fairmont Senior won with a buzzer-beater over rival East Fairmont. They’re currently sitting just outside the top 10 with 14 votes. One would have thought that a win over the fifth-ranked team would’ve put them back into the poll. Coming up, the Polar Bears have some work to do to make a solid case for the postseason.
BIG MATCHUPS: According to its WVSSAC schedule, RCB has the week off. No. 3 Bluefield will play No. 8 Scott. Other than that, top-ranked teams will be playing lesser opponents, setting up some potential upsets.
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