By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
The success for Marion County girls basketball continues this week as the second Associated Press poll came out Monday, ranking two area teams in the top five.
Here’s the breakdown:
LOOKING BACK: Most of the top 10 teams maintained their dominance over the past week. Westside toppled Wyoming East, 52-29, and Nicholas County, 70-41, to stay perfect, while Fairmont Senior bullied Buckhannon-Upshur by a score of 92-27 to move to 8-1. The Polar Bears have not lost since dropping their first game of the season to AAA Morgantown. Summers County also stayed perfect with a win over James Monroe. Scott remains perfect, as well at 8-0. Sissonville dropped their second game of the season, losing in a close one to Chapmanville, 48-46. North Marion picked up two quality wins, beating Bridgeport and AAA Wheeling Park while PikeView completed a convincing 88-15 win over River View. Down the stretch, Lincoln beat Philip Barbour, Grafton lost to Robert C. Byrd in overtime and Keyser picked up two wins to stay undefeated and possibly gain some respect in the process.
BIG 10 MOVING IN: Last week the Big 10 Conference had four teams in the AP poll, with Fairmont Senior second, North Marion sixth, and Lincoln and Grafton tied for eighth. This week, Fairmont Senior remains second, North Marion moved up to fifth, Lincoln remains in sole possession of eighth and Grafton rounds out the top 10 tied for 10th.
NEWCOMER: Clay County broke into this week’s top 10 after posting an 11-2 record for the season. Clay County had wins over Roane County and Wirt County. The Panthers haven’t lost since Dec. 19. Both of their losses are to teams in the top 10, losing to Sissonville and Summers County early in the season. The Panthers now share the 10th spot with Grafton (5-1).
FALLING DOWN: The biggest move in the poll was a drop. Grafton, previously seventh, dropped to 10th after losing to RCB during the week. Robert C. Byrd has wins over Bridgeport and Grafton, and knocked them both down a few notches. Moving up is North Marion. The Lady Huskies were previously sixth and have jumped Sissonville for fifth place in the standings. North Marion’s wins came against two teams that were just outside the top ten in their respective classes.
BIG MATCHUPS: Some big matchups are happening across the state this week beginning tonight when No. 1 Westside hosts No. 4 Scott. Westside will also play No. 7 PikeView later in the week. No. 3 Summers County also plays No. 7 PikeView on Saturday. No. 6 North Marion will host No. 10 Grafton and AAA Preston, who sits just outside the AAA top 10, this week as the Huskies look to keep climbing.
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