East Hardy routs Pendleton for co-region title; Cougars seeded 3rd at state

Mar. 7—FRANKLIN, W.Va. — For the second straight year, East Hardy is headed back to the Class A state tournament after routing Pendleton County, 65-39, in a Region II co-final on Tuesday night.

East Hardy (19-3) was forced to go on the road after falling to Tucker County, 49-43, in the Section 1 final at Keyser High School, but the Cougars took care of business behind a game-high 28 points from All-Area and All-State point guard JW Teets.

East Hardy will be seeded No. 3 at states and opens the Class A tournament against No. 6 Cameron (20-5) on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Charleston Coliseum.

Tucker County (21-3) is the top seed, followed by Tug Valley (19-6), East Hardy, Webster County (21-4), James Monroe (20-4), Cameron, Doddridge county (18-7) and Huntington St. Joseph's (17-7).

East Hardy led Pendleton County 16-9 after the first quarter and 28-21 at the half before breaking the game open by outscoring the Wildcats 37-18 in the second half.

Nate Smith joined Teets in double figures with 11, and Jordan Teets added eight points. Chase Owens led the way for Pendleton County with 15 points.