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Keyser, Petersburg, Hampshire, Frankfort girls playing for state berths today

Feb. 27—Keyser and Petersburg host co-region finals, and Hampshire and Frankfort hit the road as the quartet of local squads play for West Virginia girls state tournament berths today.

Keyser (17-5) headlines the slate with a home matchup with perennial state championship contender North Marion (15-8) in the Class AAA, Region I co-finals.

All region finals have a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Hampshire (11-12), which fell to the Golden Tornado, 45-32, in the Section 2 championship on Friday night, heads to Weir (12-10).

Weir upset North Marion, 77-66, in the Section 1 final on Friday — a shocker with the Huskies rolling to routs of 68-38 and 86-59 over Weir during the regular season.

"Weir is coming off the best win in probably school history," Hampshire head coach Jordan Richardson said Friday. "The last time they beat North Marion, I can't even say. They're gonna have all the momentum in the world."

Keyser is looking to make its first state tournament appearance in two years. Its last trip in 2022 ended at the hands of North Marion, a 61-23 drubbing in the state quarterfinals.

"Section finals and region finals at home are what you dream about," said Keyser head coach Josh Blowe. "You don't get a chance for those very often."

The Golden Tornado will be looking to end North Marion's season like it did in 2014, when sixth-seeded Keyser upset the third-seeded Huskies, 63-57, at the Class AA state tournament.

Keyser also beat North Marion, 61-55, during the 2017 regular season but has lost four straight to the Huskies.

Hampshire has played Weir just once in the 2021 co-region finals when the Trojans won 55-49 to advance to the state tournament. The Trojans are looking for their third trip to Charleston in four seasons.

In Class AA, Petersburg (14-9) hosts Braxton County (11-14) in the Region II co-finals, while Frankfort (4-20) heads to Trinity Christian (18-5).

Petersburg defeated Frankfort, 52-33, in the Section 1 championship game Friday. It was the Vikings' fourth straight section title.

Those matchups are both rematches of the past three seasons — in all three cases, Petersburg and Frankfort won to advance to the state tournament.

Petersburg, which has played in three consecutive Class AA state semifinals, has defeated Braxton County, 64-41, 69-44 and 76-44 in its last three region finals appearances, all at home.

"Anytime we get a chance to host a regional final, it's a wonderful opportunity to go to Charleston," Petersburg head coach Jon Webster said. "To do it in front of our home crowd, it would be really special. We've had so many people support us all year."

Frankfort defeated Trinity, 44-41, 58-35 and 60-48 in its last three Region II co-finals. All three Falcons wins are on the road.

Despite its record, Frankfort believes it can win and return to states for the fourth straight time, unsurprising given Trinity's narrow 43-40 victory over the Falcons earlier this month.

"I think we're playing better," Frankfort head coach Steve Willison said. "Now we have to go to Trinity, which is a team that beat us by three. We have to play better than we did (Friday) if we want to win."

Trinity has not played in the state tournament since 2019, after which West Virginia created a fourth class. The addition pumped many private schools, like Trinity, up to Class AA.

Braxton County hasn't played in the state tournament since being the No. 5 seed in the 2010-11 event.